Navini Networks Inc. has provided equipment for what is being touted as the largest non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless broadband network so far deployed. The network, which has been put together by Unwired Australia Pty Ltd., covers 1,200 square miles of Australia’s largest city, Sydney, a catchment area that takes in some 3.5 million people.
The network uses Navini’s Ripwave technology platform. Ripwave is similar in concept to the much-hyped WiMax system, but is based on proprietary time division duplexing technology known as multi-carrier synchronous CDMA.
Unwired’s Sydney NLOS wireless broadband network will go head to head with that operated by Personal Broadband Australia, the Australian subsidiary of Navini rival ArrayComm Inc. Unwired plans to build similar networks in several other Australian cities, including Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.