Motorola recently introduced PoC Basic, a push-to-talk over Cellular solution created for smaller wireless operators with lower subscriber capacity. The new solution requires less capital and operating expenditures than the original solution, and can be deployed with “minimal configuration,” according to Motorola, making it faster and easier for smaller operators to enter the PoC space, according to Motorola. The PoC Basic offering is upgradeable to the original solution should an operator decide to expand its PoC capabilities, Motorola said.

In other news, Motorola announced a contract with Israel CDMA operator Pelephone to install a PoC system that is scheduled to be begin operation next month. The PoC service will be offered to 2 million Pelephone customers.

Also, Motorola recently made several announcements concerning its Canopy wireless broadband platform. The company introduced a new version of its Bandwidth and Authentication Manager, which is designed to help operators more efficiently manage system resources. Among other features, the software allows operators to control bandwidth allocation by assigning maximum data rates per subscriber and enables operators to suspend individual subscriber modules as needed without removing them from the database.

In addition, Motorola bolstered Canopy by adding a 45 Mb/s backhaul solution that allows wireless Internet service providers to extend their networks to neighboring communities, and provides enterprises with a more cost-effective backhaul alternative to T1 lines. The solution delivers up to 33 Mb/s effective throughput with greater than 160 decibels of system gain, Motorola said.

Finally, Motorola has introduced a 900 MHz wireless broadband radio to its Canopy portfolio. Two versions are available: one provides operators with the ability to use a directional or omni-directional external antenna, while the other offers an integrated 60-degree antenna.