Connecting the Next Billion
Founder, Jim Carlson, has had a life-long passion for enabling rural connectivity. He started pursuing this passion as a child, building radio equipment for home use, which later morphed into commercial radio use, and eventually became his life’s work to promote connectivity to personal and commercial users around the world. In 1999 Jim Carlson began to turn his dream into a reality by starting his business on the premise of designing radio equipment to provide rural connectivity solutions. In 2009, the TV broadcast industry moved from analog to digital service, freeing up hundreds of MHz of spectrum known now as TV White Space. Mr. Carlson saw this as an opportunity to reutilize the newly-available spectrum for extending broadband connectivity to reach unserved and underserved communities world-wide. TV White Space technology is both affordable and requires minimal infrastructure to bridge the digital divide. As an engineer with 25 years of business leadership experience, Jim Carlson is committed to bringing this technology into mainstream use as his legacy accomplishment.
Carlson Wireless Technologies, Inc. is a privately held California corporation. The company has been funded to date by individual investors and investment partnerships. The company focuses on equipment design and manufacturing for the broadband wireless industry. In 1998, Carlson began working with engineers at Harris Semiconductor, to convert its Prism WLAN chipset into a full-duplex, digital TDMA technology. This work produced Trailblazer, the industry’s first low-cost transparent n x 64 kb/s extension from a Class 5 central office.Trailblazer, which quickly became a popular solution in the public safety industry for simulcast systems and leased line emulation, continues to sell steadily today. Carlson Wireless Technologies, Inc., which Carlson founded in 1999 built its name on the success and reliability of Trailblazer. The product line expanded in 2008 with the launch of the LongHaul, an affordable, long-range Wi-Fi/WiMAX hybrid product for backhaul and Ethernet bridging. In 2012, Carlson launched the world's first commercially available TV white-space radio. With non-line-of-sight capability, this wireless technology has the potential to expand broadband penetration into the most remote reaches of the world. Now in the second generation of production, systems have been deployed in over 28 countries and demonstrating use case from municipal hot spots (free downtown WiFi) to schools and businesses in developing African nations, spectrum regulators in many countries are adopting rules to promote the advance of low cost Internet connectivity using vacant TV channels.
Carlson Communications Inc. was an innovator in delivering telephone service by radio to underserved markets worldwide. CCI also was a major supplier to the mining and petroleum industry. Operating under the OptaPhone Systems dba CCI delived ten's of thousands of phone and data lines to homes globally.