The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in its “Recommendation for Broadband Wireless Access”, has formally recommended HC-SDMA as a technology capable of delivering wireless data at broadband rates.
Commercially known as iBurst, HC-SDMA is a breakthrough mobile technology using multiple antenna systems to deliver wireless broadband with high spectrum efficiency and low infrastructure costs. iBurst was originally developed by ArrayComm and Kyocera.
With the lowest cumulative Capital and Operational expenditure of all wide-area Mobile Broadband contenders, the economic advantages of this technology stem from its inherent spectral efficiency. This results in higher capacity, few base stations and lower spectrum license costs to deliver highly competitive and resilient services.
iBurst has now been recognised by ATIS/ANSI, the ITU, and as a candidate technology within the IEEE802.20 Standard. iBurst is currently available in South Africa, Australia, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Canada, Azerbaijan, Norway and Malaysia.
The ITU is an international organisation within the United Nations system where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services.
Thami Mtshali, CEO of iBurst, has welcomed the ITU accreditation of iBurst technology as a vote of confidence in iBurst’s ability to help bridge the digital divide in developing countries like South Africa.
Locally, High Capacity Spatial Division Multiple Access (HC-SDMA) is the engine driving 138 active base stations across South Africa. The country’s major metropolitan areas are all covered as are the capitals of all nine provinces and dozens of smaller towns and cities across the country.
The Managing Executive Officer of Kyocera, Eiichi Toriyama, welcomed the ITU Recommendation and observed that, “The spread of this advanced technology into Africa, Europe and America is an exciting development, particularly because it requires far less spectrum and has lower investment risks than other systems that attempt to deliver reliable fully mobile broadband services indoors and out and on the move".