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don,

fixed wireless is exactly that. Wireless transmission from a fixed point to one or more other fixed points. Typically this is used in reference to longer distance broadband wireless access (BWA) systems. Such systems are being planned for delivering broadband and other services in less densely populated areas (i.e. rural) and areas where infrastructure is sparse and/or poor (eg Africa). I.e. it doesnt involve handsets which would access such a WAN thru a local cellular connection first instead of directly.

Cisco is doing a fair bit in this area with BRCM and TXN. Plenty of others here too.

Key issues usually include LOS = line of sight, and the spectrum and power used/required which leads to available data rate.

A good source for general moderately technical news in such areas is EE Times which can be found online at http://www.eetimes.com and just search for "fixed wireless" and I am sure you will get an eyeful (or more).

Hope that helps, cheers,

jgc
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