If we're able to avert this looming "spectrum apocalypse" we've heard so much about, it looks like 2010 will be the year that many of you get to partake in LTE. What better way to indulge your lust for airborne data than ZyXEL's newest, the ZLR-2070S LTE CPE/SOHO router? Apparently "the world's first," this guy features two VoIP ports, a four port 802.11n wireless switch, a USB port for storage or printer sharing, and data rates up to 50Mbps. Not bad, eh? We expect to hear more about this one in short order -- it will make its society debut at next year's CES. In the meantime, peep the PR for more info -- it's after the break.
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ZyXEL Announces World's First Fixed LTE CPE/SOHO Router

ANAHEIM, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ZyXEL Communications Inc., a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet connectivity and routing products, today announced the ZLR-2070S, the world's first fixed LTE (Long Term Evolution) CPE/SOHO router. The ZLR-2070S is an all-in-one, multi-service gateway that leverages compact, system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to deliver cost-effective, non-FPGA-based LTE connectivity. ZyXEL will demonstrate the device live at CES 2010 at their suite in the Renaissance Hotel.

LTE is the next major phase in wireless communications technology and delivers blazing-fast multimedia connectivity on an all-IP platform. Consumers will experience an impressive upgrade in services and performance -- on all Internet-enabled fixed and mobile devices connected via LTE. LTE also opens the floodgates for a new era of connectivity in industries ranging from consumer electronics to appliances, health care, public utilities and telematics.

Ideal for residences and SOHOs, the ZLR-2070S is a feature-rich, future-proof hardware platform optimized for multi service. This includes broadband Internet connectivity, two VoIP ports, home networking via a four-port, 11n wireless switch, a USB port (to share devices, such as printers and storage). Service providers also can use the ZLR-2070S to enable Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) and other smart home automation services.

Moreover, the ZLR-2070S offers data rates with up to 50Mbps throughput, which is faster than 3G technologies like HSPA / EV-DO. Based on the router's 4G wireless connectivity, the device is ideal for operators looking to provide service in rural or other traditionally under-served markets where new wireline deployments are cost-prohibitive. This level of portability also makes the device ideal for any scenario in which customers need high-speed, multi-user Internet access in a temporary location, such as construction sites or special events.

"ZyXEL is excited to lead the LTE revolution by bringing innovative solutions to service providers," said Brian Feng, senior vice president, key accounts business unit for ZyXEL. "We are proud to offer service providers the ability to bring wireless high speed Internet access to millions including those in under-served markets."

Availability

For more information about the ZyXEL ZLR series of LTE gateways including the ZLR-2070S or to make an appointment for live demo at CES please call 1.800.255.4101 or email telco@zyxel.com.

About ZyXEL Communications

ZyXEL offers reliable, end-to-end, fully-converged solutions for delivering broadband access, services and applications from the central office into the home. The company strives to build exactly what the carrier wants, offers the talent to deliver it, and is committed to lifecycle support, making ZyXEL a valued and dependable business partner.

With North American headquarters in Anaheim, California, ZyXEL's affordable, high-performance products include xDSL CPEs and DSLAMs, cable access, broadband-sharing, LTE, WiMAX, VoIP, Ethernet, network security, wireless and connected home solutions for a wide range of deployment scenarios. ZyXEL customers are supported by a trusted and reliable team that enables them to work without interruption. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.us.zyxel.com.

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ZyXEL to debut 'world's first' LTE router at CES 2010