Product & Service Directories
Network Infrastructure Products -
Ericsson, Lucent, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Siemens, and
Qualcomm are among the major suppliers of wireless network infrastructure products. Their
products are used for installing private or public shared radio networks operated by the
end user organizations (e.g. public safety agencies), telecommunications carriers and
network service providers.
Typically, network service providers and public
wireless network operators evaluate network infrastructure options and products in a more
comprehensive manner. MOBILEINFO pages may not serve their complete information needs.
Our web site is primarily aimed at mobile computing and RF
network professionals in enduser organizations who normally evaluate which network
infrastructure may be suitable for their mobile applications. Therefore, we shall provide
only a limited amount of information on these products.
Ericssons Private Mobile Data Networks EDACS
Network and Gateway an Integrated Voice and Data Gateway
Ericsson offers products for building integrated voice and data networks for mobile
users of an enterprise. Several public safety agencies have employed EDACS network and
gateway for police, fire control, ambulance dispatch applications. Many organizations have
implemented both voice and data, some organizations have decided to implemented voice
only. Remember, voice is given higher priority over data in most networks, including
EDACS. Please go to http://www.ericsson.com/US/prs/prs100.html
for more information.
Ericsson Mobitex Network This
legacy wireless network
infrastructure is aimed primarily at wireless data network service providers who want to
provide shared public wireless packet data services to enduser organizations.
Cingular (formerly Bell South
Wireless Data) provides this type of service in USA there are Mobitex
networks in over 15 countries. Several components comprise a Mobitex network base
stations controllers, Message Exchange Switch (MOX), antennas, radios and modems. For more
information on the architecture of Mobitex, please read chapter 8 of Mobile Computing
handbook. For current information on Mobitex components, click on Mobitex page of
Ericssons web site http://www.ericsson.se/wireless/products/mobsys/mobitex/mobitex.shtml
BRU34 and 39 are two different models of Mobitex base
stations. BR39 Base Radio Unit is current model. Major features of BRU3901 are
- Outdoor/indoor installation, small size (13"x17"x7""), low
weight (40 lb.), approximately 5 KM coverage
- Simplicity of installation, with up to 3 years of operation without on-site maintenance
- 3 watt output
- Frequency range Rx 896-902 MHz, Tx 935-941 MHz
- Modified non-persistent CSMA media access control
- One system channel with 1500 maximum number of users
here for more info.
M2000 is a small low power radio modem that can be built into PC or other
equipment. It has no power source of its own. It does not have its own antenna, which must
be designed specifically for the host equipment. It has rated data transfer rates of 1200
to 9600 bps. It supports Mobitex MACS, AT and X.28 protocols. There are three versions of
- M2050 425-460 MHz UK
- M2060 410-432 MHz Rest of Europe
- M2090 896-941 MHz USA and Canada
Major applications of M2000 are in telemetry, vending
machines, kiosks, etc.
Other Mobitex modems - M2100, M3090 and M4000 series
M2100 is a type III PC card modem.
Research in Motion (a wireless manufacturer in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) supplies a
Mobitex modem as well. Click on www.rim.net for more
Ericsson C710/M Radio Modem
- It is a radio and data modem combined into a single unit.
- It is designed to run on Mobitex network.
- It can transmit data at 8000 bps.
- Uses GMSK modulation technique.
Ericssons Other Wireless Network Products
Ericsson offers infrastructure products to carriers and network service providers who
want to build public shared networks based on GSM, TDMA, PDC, TACS, and WCDMA
technologies. For more information, click here.
Motorola Radio Network Product
Motorola supplies hardware and software for both conventional and trunking radio
networks. These products serve a single site as well as wide area networks. Wide area
solutions are based on simulcast as well as SmartZone technologies.
broadcasts identical information on the same carrier frequency from
multiple, geographically separated sites. Therefore, it is used to extend a systems
coverage beyond a single site. It is analogous to cell reuse concept implemented in
cellular networks. SmartZone connects individual sites to form one large, seamless
radio network. Motorola M6809 is a trunking central controller that coordinates between
Besides conventional and trunking radio networks, Motorola also supplies iDEN and
DataTac private networks.
Click on http://www.mot.com/LMPS/RNSG/networks/index2.htm
for general information on Motorola networks and click on specific networks for details
about that product.
Conventional radio networks from basic radio to radio to wide area coverage
Trunking radio networks more advanced management, priority schemes and more
efficient frequency usage
IDEN networks public network technology for radio to radio, telephony, text
messaging and data transmission
DataTac Private networks
Motorolas APCO (Public Safety) Private Radio Network
Motorola provides a full suite of products, under ASTRO family for APCO-25 (see chapter
2 for additional information on APCO 25) compliant private radio network standard. The
product suite consists of portable units, base stations, repeaters, radio network
controllers, gateways and network management consoles. APCO common air interface is based
on FDMA, 12.5 KHz (6.25 KHz digital in future) channel, 9600 signal data rate,
modulation, and the IMBE Voice Coder.
Motorola supplies wireless modems for Motient, Mobitex and other private radio networks.
Both desktop and PC card (PCMCIA) versions are available. Motient RDLAP radio modems operate
at 19200 bps; older Motient modems operate at 4800 bps.
Other APCO-25 (a Public Safety radio networking standard)
E.F. Johnson Inc., Bendix King, Stanilite Electronics Pty Ltd. and Transcrypt
International Inc., are other vendors providing APCO-25 compliant products.
Northern Telecoms Wireless Infrastructure Products
Northern Telecom provides several wireless infrastructure products which are sold to
telecommunications carriers and network service providers. We shall give a very brief
description of these products.
Nortel CDPD Products
Nortel can upgrade existing cellular networks based on Nortel technology by installing
dual-mode radio units (DRUs) and new software into Nortel switches. Click on
http://www1.nortelnetworks.com/wireless/cdpd_net.html for additional info on Nortels CDPD product solution.
Nortel PCS 1900
This consists of base station subsystem, network switching subsystem, advanced
antennas, terminals and smart cards - essentially everything
that a network service provider might need to install a GSM compatible PCS network. The
Base Station Subsystem (BSS) interfaces to the mobile stations and the network. The Base
station Controller (BSC) and Base Transceiver Station (BTS) are primary components of the
BSS. Network Switching system is based on Nortels DMS SuperNode architecture.
Nortel CDMA Products
Nortel also manufacturers, sells and supports IS-41 compatible CDMA network solutions
for PCS networks. With DualMode (e.g. CDPD and voice) microcell architecture,
Nortel products can increase overall capacity of the network and reduce coverage problems,
especially at traffic intersections, tunnels and other locations where other base stations
located further away may not be able to penetrate. Nortel product line offers conventional
AMPS, TDMA and CDPD from the same radio and antenna platform.
Lucent Wireless Products
Lucent offers the following wireless products:
- Flexant Microcell Private in-building wireless networks - Click here for more
- Airloop wireless local loop product - Click here for more info.
- WaveLan wireless LAN product - Click here for more info.
Lucent-Ascend: Lucent acquired Ascend in 06/99 - while major
motivation was Voice over IP and other technologies. Lucent is expected to incorporate
wireless technology in Ascend RAS and switching product line in future.
Qualcomm Wireless Network Products
Qualcomm offers the following mobile computing infrastructure products
- CDMA network infrastructure products
- pdQ smart phone
an intelligent personal appliance device that combines the functionality of a
PCS/GSM telephone with data capabilities of a PDA. It has the form factor of a
telephone but with a larger screen than most PCS phones.
Click here for an overview of
DataRadio Private Radio Network Products
DataRadio supplies private radio network components as follows:
400 and 800 MHz Radio network base stations and modems that operate
from 9600 bps to 34000 bps. Click here for more info.
Wireless WAN Modems
Norand division of Intermec makes following radio modems for wireless networks
Sierra Wireless Modem Products
Sierra offers the following three Wireless Modems
AirCard 200 CDPD Only
AirCard 210 Multimode CDPD and Cellular
AirCard 300 CDPD modem for Windows CE compatible PDAs
Click on http://www.sierrawireless.com/ProductsOrdering/mobile.html
for more information.
supplies wireless (CDPD) modems for notebooks, Palm Pilot and Handheld PCs.
|Wireless Network -
Infrastructure Enhancement Products
The RadioFrame solution fulfills the need for increasing indoor
wireless coverage at a fraction of the cost of the current
Wireless: Improves cellular coverage and service in buildings and
vehicles with its spotcell technology. It complements existing
Wireless Network Bandwidth Optimization vendors.