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December 17, 2006

Sanswire plans WiFi, WiMAX and DECT from the sky

US developer Sanswire Networks LLC plans to deliver WiFi, WiMAX and VoIP over DECT from an airship at 65,000ft in areas where a land-based communications infrastructure cannot be deployed due to the topology, and has just completed initial testing.

By CBR Staff Writer

Palmdale, California-based Sanswire is using HotZone 4010 technology from its parent GlobeTel Communications Corp aboard a test craft, the 2A Technology Demonstrator Stratellite, which last week was floated above the company’s HQ to allow invited dignitaries from government and industry to surf the web and make calls from DECT phones, as well as view a live video surveillance feed.

Last week’s test was with a tethered airship and Sanswire said in a statement that it would now proceed to untethered flight testing at Edwards Air Base. It added that the data from the first test will be used to determine the timing of its roadmap.

Sanswire’s plans are for the commercial operation of a Stratellite in the stratosphere serving remote areas and ones with inhospitable terrain, as well as a back-up in the event of damage to terrestrial equipment. It also has plans for lower-altitude airships with a shorter active life for emergency communications or in border patrol and battlefield scenarios.

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