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ABC to Use 'Virtual Fiber' to Transmit Super Bowl in HD

Security restrictions around San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium have prompted ABC to turn to a small Hawaii-based wireless company to transmit remote shots of this weekend's Super Bowl in uncompressed high definition.

An ABC HD camera outfitted with an antenna from Loea Corp. will be located on a hill about half mile from the stadium. A second Loea antenna inside the ABC facility at the stadium's gates will link the camera to ABC's production center in the stadium. Loea's "virtual fiber" technology can transmit uncompressed data at 1.485 Gbps.

Loea's wireless link operates in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz bands using "pencil beam" radio waves to transmit data relatively short distances between fixed sites. The company -- which manufactures wireless technology for military and corporate applications -- had to get special temporary authority by the FCC to use this high frequency spectrum for the Super Bowl -- the first time it has been used in a commercial application, according to the company.

ABC is broadcasting this year's Super Bowl in 720p HD.