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Motorola Brings Innovative In-building Broadband Solution to EMEA


Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT), today announced commercial availability in EMEA of Powerline MU, its broadband solution for multi-unit (MU) buildings. The innovative solution delivers high-speed broadband access through the building’s existing electrical network and is part of Motorola’s MOTOwi4™ portfolio. When combined with Motorola’s wi4 Fixed wi4 WiMAX solutions for backhaul, Powerline MU can provide affordable, always-on Internet connectivity access through standard power outlets.

The Powerline MU solution includes a Powerline MU Gateway which converts the Ethernet signal to a HomePlug® protocol and the signal is then injected directly into a building’s electrical system. Users can then connect their computer or router to a Motorola Powerline modem that is plugged into a standard electrical outlet to gain access to the Internet.

“Motorola’s Powerline MU solution demonstrated key benefits such as ease of deployment, scalability, and plug-and-play connectivity for subscribers,” commented Radek Smok from KonekTel a.s, one of the leading suppliers for service providers in the Czech Republic that recently trialed the solution. “In addition, the Powerline MU Gateway offers flexibility as it can be powered not only by wireless broadband such as Motorola’s Canopy platform or WiMAX but also existing broadband signals such as cable, fiber optics, DSL or satellite.”

“Powerline MU is an innovative approach to broadband connectivity. In addition to service providers the solution enables building owners, commercial property managers and other businesses to provide building occupants with reliable Internet connectivity,” said Paul Budgen, regional sales director, Motorola Networks & Enterprise. “The combination of its high speed, low cost, and quick deployment time to ‘broadband enable’ an entire building makes the Powerline MU solution an attractive proposition.”

For property managers, the ability to offer broadband connectivity in virtually every outlet to prospective tenants can be a powerful marketing advantage. Property managers can also leverage their new IP network for video surveillance, alarm systems or energy management.

Delivering IP coverage to virtually all spaces, the MOTOwi4 portfolio includes fixed wireless, WiMAX, mesh, and Broadband over Powerline solutions for private and public networks.


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