Segment Routing 101 and the Future of MPLS

By Said Jilani, Sr Customer Solutions Architect

Segment Routing is a new routing paradigm that aims to optimize, simplify, and improve the scalability of IP/MPLS based networks. Segment Routing utilizes source-based routing scheme where a network node steers a packet based on a list of instructions carried in the packet header (called “segments”). The list of segments carried in the packet header provide a strict or a loose specification of the required network path or tunnel eliminating the need for transit nodes to hold and maintain that path/tunnel information. Continue reading

WISP Blog Series: High Quality Doesn’t Have to Mean High Cost

For new entrants and smaller WISPs, cost is often the major factor in infrastructure procurement. However, many WISPs who used to be in those categories are today enjoying significant growth, prompting them to rethink infrastructure investments as part of their overall business plan.

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How to Prevent Attacks on your Critical Wireless Transport Networks

By Stephane Varin, Senior Product Manager

In an era of growing security threats from terrorism, border security and immigration, attacks on critical infrastructure and general public unrest, the issue of security in communication networks is more important than ever. The new generation of IP-based wireless technology is an enabler for applications such as mobile commerce, voice over IP (VoIP) and high-definition video delivery to smartphones, but it has also opened some sinkholes in the foundation that pre-LTE architectures and applications have established.

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Using Microwave to Deliver Rural Broadband to Underserved Communities

By Jim Hong, Director of Wireless Broadband Solutions

The new and exciting news in Government Funding – The latest round of CAF-II has been awarded and now WISPs and Rural Operators are expanding their coverage into rural areas that have little or no Internet access.

What comprises complex rural networks? A combination of microwave Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint technologies are being used to reach remote WISP and Rural Operator customers and deliver high-speed internet: up to 20 Gbps on the backbone and hundreds of megabits per household.

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How to Prepare your Transport Network for the Next Big Disaster

By Randy Jenkins, Director, Business Development

Commercial mobile networks in the US are morphing into critical infrastructure as homeowners abandon their landline phones and rely instead on their mobile phones. Critical alerts, evacuation information, and family reconnections are relying on mobile networks in times of disasters. Unfortunately, those are exactly the times that the mobile network infrastructure is most severely tested and in recent past has shown it cannot stand up to the rigors of these disasters. The US Federal Government (FCC) and state/regional entities are looking at ways to limit the impacts of these disasters.

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Case Study: Lowering Backbone TCO in PNG with All-Outdoor Radio

By Stuart Little, Director of International Product Line Marketing

Papua New Guinea, or PNG, is one half of the island of New Guinea, along with offshore islands, located in the South Pacific immediately to the north of the Australian continent. The country is rugged and heavily covered by dense rainforest, which presents enormous challenges when it comes to establishing a national communications infrastructure. In most cases, deploying fiber routes is simply not practical nor affordable. Wireless is the only answer in these cases.

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Mobile Security

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When people think of mobile security, they usually think of encryption for their smartphones, tablet computers such as the BlackBerry PlayBook or other wireless devices. Or they think of a remote “wipe” capability that can render any lost device blank of any data if some unauthorized party did in fact try to enter the device illegally. These wireless solutions are all state-of-the-art thinking in the mobile security community. And many wireless equipment OEMs and third-party mobile security providers offer them.
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Winning solutions for the Big Data “Space Race”

By Brandon Sheffield, Automation Programmer/Analyst

In every school across America, children are taught to revere the era of the “Space Race” and its impact on the human footprint. Whether it was in the private or public sector, the world was electric with an insatiable desire to push the boundaries of technology and human capabilities. Today, the next “Space Race” is already afoot, down on the ground.

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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

Introducing Aviat Design 2.0 – Aviat’s FREE Link Planning Tool

By Eduardo Sanchez, Marketing Engineer Specialist, US

Aviat Design 2.0 is the next generation microwave planning tool. It uses the latest SaaS web technology to allow users to design microwave links anytime and anywhere. Aviat Design 2.0 supports the full portfolio of Aviat Networks equipment and protection configurations. Special features allow users to design microwave links accurately and quickly.

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