Cable, Mesh Vendors Cooperate

Carl Weinschenk

Narad Networks, a company that provides high-bandwidth options to cable operators hoping to break into the commercial services market, says its gear has achieved interoperability with Wi-Fi mesh networking vendor Tropos Networks.The idea is that Narad can act as a backhaul provider for Tropos and enable its cable clients to mobilize their networks.


It's an interesting pairing.


Both cable and mesh network operators are quite active. For instance, Cox and Comcast are making a quiet, but concerted, play for telecommuters. Of course, the biggest news on the cable convergence front is the deal between a group of major operators and Sprint Nextel. The consortium was the big winner in the Advanced Wireless Spectrum Auction conducted this fall by the Federal Communications Commission. The industry is slowly starting to dominate the VoIP business.


Mesh networking, while not as high profile, also is making news. In the past year, the technology has gained adherents, including Motorola. Such investments are likely to help the technology -- which is seen as a potent communications tool for first responders -- continue to innovate.

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