DragonWave introduced its Harmony Eband, a compact, lightweight radio that operates in the 70-80 GHz spectrum with low-energy consumption and designed for fronthaul, macro backhaul and small cell deployments.
The Harmony Eband delivers a complete, all-outdoor solution and delivers the industry’s first uncompressed CPRI transport mode that enables wireless fronthaul. The radio comes equipped with an integrated switch, multiple ports and a proprietary mechanical design for self-weatherization that simplifies installation and saves on deployment cost. Additional features include a reach comparable at 23-38 GHz, higher capacity and a lower OPEX expansion solution.
Performance is demonstrated by operation up to 64 QAM to achieve throughput of 2.6 Gbps full duplex in 500 MHz mode. Spectral efficiency is further enhanced by DragonWave’s Bandwidth Accelerator+, which delivers capacity of up to 4 Gbps. Additionally, Harmony Eband features the DragonWave Reach Extender, leveraging Waveform and Modulation Adaptivity (WMA) and MIMO to extend the radio’s reach and deliver 3-7 KM links with high availability.
“The Harmony Eband truly rounds out the DragonWave product portfolio and its addition allows operators a product choice addressing nearly every possible spectrum, while also providing long-term viability and easy redeployment options in evolving network environments,” said Greg Friesen, vice president, Product Management, DragonWave. “Because it meets the capacity and latency requirements required to support fronthaul, macro backhaul and small cell aggregation, and is LTE synchronization ready, we view the Harmony Eband as an extremely viable and cost effective transport option for today’s networks, with future-proof capabilities that will carry over to support tomorrow’s networks, as well.”