Frost & Sullivan confers the 2007 European Award for Technology Innovation on xG Technology, the IP-centric, broadband communications company, in recognition of its breakththrough Flash Signal technology.
“The company decided to choose a disruptive model for its patented technology,” notes Frost & Sullivan Programme Manager Luke Thomas. “It will debut its initial vertical market application, xMax, as a wireless VoIP (Voice over IP) service and base station/handset product line that will be sold through independent local carriers.”
The company’s first generation handset will accompany the initial mobile VoIP launch and will be a tri-mode phone offering Metro mobile VoIP, home/office/hotspot Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet calling. By Q4 2007, there will be a redesigned and miniaturised version of the first generation handset and by Q2 2008 the second generation handset, a smartphone variant, will appear.
xG’s technological prowess is based on Flash Signal, which handles the transmission, reception, modulation and encoding of data. Flash Signal uses the patented ‘single cycle modulation’, which encompasses a variety of modulation techniques and is implemented when individual sinusoidal cycles of RF energy are modified to carry one bit of information.
“The company’s sustainable competitive advantage lies in this proprietary modulation method, which differs from rival technologies that use tens to hundreds of thousands of waves to convey the same bit of information,” explains Thomas. “As each additional cycle requires commensurate power output, xG’s Flash Signal technology allows dramatic efficiency gains to be achieved and results in increased RF signal range.”
Field performance results have shown xMax capable of wirelessly sending high speed data 3 times farther than other approaches at equal transmit power, height and frequency. By increasing the range and power efficiency of wireless signals, it allows operators to deploy broadband services using far less infrastructure to wirelessly cover a given service area.
“The physical reduction in network infrastructure, coupled with increased capacity, facilitates rapid deployment and decreased time to market, thus making xMax the only low-cost, rapidly deployable, high data rate network,” adds Thomas. “Moreover, in the context of power efficiency resulting from single-cycle signals, tests have shown that an xG base station transmitting full-motion video uses 3 million times less power than a typical 802.11 access point.”
xG is currently in active negotiations with potential partners on several international fronts. It is also in talks with operators for substantial technology testing and territory agreements in a number of areas including the Near East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In the domestic U.S. market, the company will build a national brand presence through a select network of local service providers across the region with initial xMax deployments planned for the end of Q2 2007.
In the international markets, xG intends to seek joint venture partners having extensive history in the wireless telephony and data markets. As xG’s network capabilities allow for multiple carriers to share the same network infrastructure, it will not compete with incumbents but effectively lease what would by then be the world’s first 4G network.
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation is presented to the company that has demonstrated technological superiority within its industry. This Award recognises the ability of the company to successfully develop and introduce new technology, formulate a well-designed product family and make significant product performance contributions to the industry.
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About xG Technology
Based in Florida, USA, xG Technology has developed innovative technologies that the directors believe can change the building blocks, capabilities and economics of the communications industry. Its patented technologies can be applied to almost any type of communication including voice, data or video in wired or wireless form.
As its first vertical application, xG Technology has designed a mobile VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) base station and handset product line. Branded as xMax, these products are for use by regional carriers (internet service providers, competitive local exchange carriers and entrepreneurial parties) seeking to deliver mobile Internet Protocol services directly to consumers without using the incumbent circuit switched or coaxial cable networks. Future releases of the xMax product line will expand from mobile VoIP to offer integrated video and data applications.
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