Harris Introduces "Unique" Microwave Radio for Cellular/PCN Interconnection and Access

March 20, 1997
REDWOOD SHORES, CA - Harris Corporation's Farinon Division announces the availability of its MicroStar™ Plus 38 GHz point-to-point digital millimeter wave radio as a low-cost transport solution in urban or suburban environments. The radios are designed to provide cost-effective, reliable and expandable site interconnections for PCS/PCN and cellular service providers to enable them to meet the challenge of serving rapidly growing customer base. MicroStar Plus radios are also ideal for Competitive Access Providers (CAPs) who need to provide local access beyond the limits of wireline networks.

MicroStar Plus is unique in the industry. It features cutting-edge technology in flat-panel antenna design. Extremely small and lightweight, MicroStar Plus provides high performance, superior reliability with fast, simple and easy installation. A unique mounting and alignment mechanism facilitates antenna alignment. This ergonomic non-obtrusive design with its small footprint will permit the radio to be installed in many new creative ways on a wide variety of buildings and structures. In many installations the MicroStar Plus radio will appear to be virtually transparent in relation to its environment.

It can be installed and commissioned for service easily and quickly. A user-friendly Craft Interface Tool (CIT) software may be installed on Laptop computers to guide the installer through simple-to-follow screen displays and dialog prompts to configure, monitor, and control the MicroStar Plus locally or remotely. MicroStar Plus supports Harris' FarScan™ network management agent for network monitoring and control and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) to interface to open protocol network management systems.

MicroStar Plus has been tested by an independent authority in the United Kingdom and has met the performance criteria as outlined in the ETSI standards. MicroStar Plus radio is an ideal solution for countries which have adopted (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) ETSI standards. It has also met the requirements of EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) and safety tests for indoor and outdoor unit operation. The radio is currently undergoing trials with companies in several locations.

Harris Corporation's Farinon Division is a world leader in the manufacture of microwave communications systems and products, and a worldwide provider of microwave radio-related telecommunications services. The Farinon Division, headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, USA, is part of Harris' Communications sector. The division has operations in San Antonio, Texas; Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec; and Shenzhen, Guangdong Province in The People's Republic of China.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides products and services in more than 150 countries. The company uses its broad base of technologies to develop products and systems in areas such as wireless and personal communications, digital television (HDTV), health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, Lanier office products, and others.