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Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Services

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ALSO CALLED: MMDS, Multipoint Distribution Services, Microwave Multipoint Distribution Services
DEFINITION: Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS) is a broadcasting and communications service that operates in the ultra-high-frequency (UHF) portion of the radio spectrum between 2.1 and 2.7 GHz. MMDS is also known as wireless cable. It was conceived as a substitute for conventional cable television (TV). However, it also has applications in telephone/fax and data communications.In MMDS, a medium-power  … 
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MULTICHANNEL MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SERVICES DEFINITION (continued): …  transmitter is located with an omindirectional broadcast antenna at or near the highest topographical point in the intended coverage area. The workable radius can reach up to 70 miles in flat terrain (significantly less in hilly or mountainous areas). Each subscriber is equipped with a small antenna, along with a converter that can be placed next to, or on top of, a conventional TV set. There is a monthly fee, similar to that for satellite TV service.The MMDS frequency band has room for several dozen analog or digital video channels, along with narrowband channels that can be used by subscribers … 
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