BelAir Networks, a supplier of wide-area Wi-Fi systems, has signed a deal with Lucent Technologies who will now market and support the company’s BelAir100 and 200 carrier-grade wireless switch routers through its Worldwide Services division.
The BelAir200 is a four-radio, wireless switch router that enables wireless networks to be deployed in high-density metro centres. The BelAir200 access radio modules use the 2.4 GHz band to support Wi-Fi client access.
Separate 5 GHz backhaul radio modules create the point-to-point links that form the wireless backhaul mesh that interconnects all of the BelAir nodes.
The company’s other product – the BelAir100 – is a two-radio wireless switch router that accepts the same radio modules as the BelAir200. It can be used to terminate a BelAir mesh, as a mesh edge node, or to provide wireless broadband access to single buildings.
Deployed in less than three weeks, the SMITCOMS St. Maarten network is the first joint project between the two companies. The Wi-Fi network, built on BelAir200 units, provides wireless Internet and email access to island residents and the more than 2 million tourists that visit St. Maarten annually.
The initial phase of the network covers Frontstreet, the main street in the downtown area in Philipsburg, the Dutch capital of the Caribbean island, and the Boardwalk at the beach. This Wi-Fi coverage zone can be easily extended to other parts of the island by adding additional BelAir200 units to the network as required.