Top 10 Benefits of a One-Box Multi-Band Solution

Author: Stuart Little, Director, International Product Line Marketing

Have you heard the buzz about Multi-Band? Multi-Band combines traditional microwave channel alongside an E-Band (80 GHz) channel, joining the capacity of the latter with the high availability of the former. Multi-Band makes E-Band carrier-class over longer distances, making it a much more viable and deployable solution for 5G backhaul. Continue reading

New enhancements for the Eclipse and IRU 600

Both Eclipse and the IRU 600 offer market-leading solutions to network operators who need robust, flexible features such as extra high power (EHP), hybrid transport of TDM and IP traffic, superior system gain, and the latest security technologies.

In both products, the enhancements consist of new firmware added to existing modules. The firmware is a highly efficient way to enable true native transport of both TDM and IP traffic. It’s like having two radios (from two different technology eras) moving traffic seamlessly across the same network expanse—without the cost of two radio systems and with easy, cost-effective new ways to migrate your network to current transport technologies over time.

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Understanding FDD vs. TDD Microwave Systems

Don’t Get Burned with Half-Duplex Capacity Claims

It is finally time to uncover the mystery between FDD and TDD, specifically the importance of FDD as a key element in network performance.

FDD stands for Frequency Division Duplex, and TDD stands for Time Division Duplex. Both FDD and TDD are two spectrum usage techniques, both forms of duplex, used in mobile or fixed wireless broadband links. It is essential to these links that transmission can occur in both directions simultaneously so that data can flow downlink (DL) and uplink (UL) at the same time without any noticeable interruptions. Continue reading

Whitepaper: High Capacity + Availability: Multi-Band is the right solution for 5G backhaul

Author: Stuart Little, Director, International Product Line Marketing

Multi-Band, not microwave or millimeter-wave, is the solution for 5G Backhaul.

Why? Microwave bands are limited in capacity, particularly in countries and bands where spectrum is limited due to congestion. Even if you can get additional frequencies, scaling capacity means aggregating multiple channels that results in high equipment costs and potentially expensive recurring spectrum fees. E-Band alone is not sufficient either. With more bandwidth available that enables higher capacities, E-Band suffers from a number of potential limitations, from short link distances and high susceptibility to rain outage and pole/tower sway to difficult and time-consuming installation/antenna alignment. Continue reading

Multi-Band means high value at a cost that makes sense

Multi-Band involves combining E-Band (70-80GHz) with traditional microwave (6-42GHz) on a single microwave link, usually with a single antenna on each end. Multi-Band drastically improves availability and distance of E-Band links and addresses other issues like pole sway and antenna alignment. If you are thinking of E-Band or microwave, consider Multi-Band, in particular single-box Multi-Band. Check out our infographic below to find out how single-box Multi-Band means high value at a cost that makes sense. Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Transport Routing?

By Gary Croke, Sr. Director of Marketing and Strategy

“Transport routing,” a term that may be new to many, simply refers to routing application in the transport (or backhaul) portion of the network. These transport networks can be based on fiber, microwave, millimeter wave or a combination of all these physical layer technologies. This short blog explores the issues with routing in the transport network and discusses a new solution to address those key issues. Continue reading

White Paper: Evolving Public Safety Networks

Public Safety networks are changing and becoming more advanced in terms of applications and services that are required by its users. Networks that were initially deployed to carry low capacity voice circuits are now faced with the challenges of being increasingly adaptive, elastic and intelligent to accommodate the constantly evolving traffic it carries. Continue reading

V-RAN Technology: A Promising Alternative for C-RAN with More Flexible Backhaul Options

Virtualized RAN (vRAN) enables operators to run Base Band Unit (BBU) functions on off the shelf hardware as virtualized network functions (VNFs). This can provide operators with the ability to avoid proprietary vendor lock-in as generic core and base station hardware can replace proprietary hardware. Currently Centralized RAN (C-RAN) uses a fixed Fronthaul split that requires a high capacity and low latency proprietary optical CPRI interface. Continue reading