Computer modem to connect with speedy cellular tech

Monday, October 18th 2004, 10:39 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Research Triangle area will be a test market for a speedy new cellular technology that's an alternative to DSL and cable Internet access with the added advantage of being available on the road.

NetGear is designing a broadband modem for use with a long-range wireless data service called Flash-OFDM that's currently being trialed by Nextel Communications, T-Mobile International and Vodafone PLC.

Nextel won't discuss any plans for Flarion beyond the current trial in the Raleigh-Durham area. About 2,000 people are using the Flarion service in the North Carolina trial, which began in February.

The hardware would interconnect Flash-OFDM, which was developed by startup Flarion Technologies with personal computers and networks using Ethernet or Wi-Fi technology.

NetGear also may develop a card for laptops that would enable mobile access using Flash-OFDM.