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Powerwave offers help for disaster recovery in Japan

Special Correspondent

To go in for infrastructure expansion at its facility

— PHOTO: P. V. SIVAKUMAR

EASING CONGESTION: Ezmarai Arbab (left), Vice-President-Global Engineering, Powerwave Technologies, and Rakesh Sinha, Director, Powerwave, R&D-India, at the R&D facility at Cyberabad.

HYDERABAD: Powerwave Technologies, a global company in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, has offered services of its rapid mobile deployment unit (RMDU) for disaster recovery in the quake and tsunami-hit Japan.

Disclosing this to this correspondent on the sidelines of a media conference at its R&D facility here, Ezmarai Arbab, Vice-President, Global Engineering, said the RMDU would be highly effective in quickly restoring wireless connectivity and enable officials to speed up disaster management and relief and rehabilitation work.

He said such services were offered by the company in the U.S., even during normal times to ease congestion in the network in a specific location by deploying mobile units, for increased bandwidth and in the Middle East and Asia. “We are trying to contact the authorities concerned in Japan and get the go-ahead,” he said. Meanwhile, Powerwave Technologies is all set to go in for infrastructure expansion at its facility, including a world-class prototype shop to enable quick design turnaround during this year.

Rakesh Sinha, Director of the R&D facility here, said that a capital investment of $3 million would be made in lab facilities and another 100 engineers from top-notch institutions would be added to the existing strength of 250 engineers this year.

The engineers will be working on design of wireless telecom products like antenna systems, base station and coverage systems in frequency bands from 700 MHz to 2,700 MHz, covering 2G, 3G and 4G technologies like GSM, CDMA and LTE (long term evolution). Several products designed at the centre will be deployed with leading Telecom operators worldwide in 2011. The R&D centre here earned Rs.33 crore in 2010 through its designs itself, Mr. Sinha said.

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