Full Spectrum, a developer and manufacturer of fourth generation broadband wireless equipment for smart grids and US Television LLC (USTel), owner of or agent for UHF spectrum in seven major cities, announced the availability of the FullMAX Broadband Wireless System for private wide area smart grid networks using USTel’s broadband 6 MHz UHF TV channels. The FullMAX Broadband Wireless platform provides mobile and fixed broadband wireless data in any frequency between 40 and 958 MHz. Using USTel’s wideband 6 MHz channels, FullMAX offers point-to-multipoint private broadband wireless data up to 20 miles from a tower site with data rates in excess of 12 Mbps. USTel’s frequencies are available for immediate purchase with the FullMAX Broadband Wireless System. In June of 2009, Full Spectrum announced the availability of nationwide spectrum with its FullMAX platform using Space Data 900 MHz PCS bands.
“The demand for private broadband wireless solutions in licensed spectrum continues to increase," said Stewart Kantor, CEO of Full Spectrum. “Electric utilities can’t rely on public carrier networks for smart grid deployments for a variety of reasons including limited power backup and coverage, vulnerability to performance or service disruptions caused by competing uses, uncertain survivability or recovery of those services during and after adverse events, and the impracticality of meeting national regulatory standards related to critical infrastructure protection.”
“USTel’s UHF spectrum offers a unique opportunity to utilities in seven major US cities, as we have obtained congressional approval to use a specified UHF TV channel in each of these cities for two-way data,” said Dean Mosely, CEO of USTel. “The FullMAX platform, with its state-of-the-art software-defined radio architecture, brings new value to these frequencies.”