Showing posts with label Backhaul. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Backhaul. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dell'Oro: Mobile Backhaul Transport Rising to $5.3 Billion Annually

The Mobile Backhaul Transport market, comprising of wireless and fiber/copper backhaul systems, is forecast to drive $5.3 billion annually over the next five years as a near term rise in wireless backhaul equipment will energize the Microwave Transmission equipment market, according to a new report by Dell'Oro Group.

Some highlights:

  • Small cell backhaul is forecast to contribute approximately 25 percent of the Mobile Backhaul Transport revenue by 2020.
  • Demand for Microwave Transmission radio transceivers, used in a number of applications including mobile radios, is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 8 percent through 2020.

"Much of the expansion in mobile backhaul is behind us," said Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.  "While we do not envision topline market expansion in the next five years, we do believe a few dynamics are underway.  Most notably, small cells have finally started to rollout, and though most are indoor units, we think operators will steadily raise deployments of outdoor small cells requiring additional backhaul links.  Another dynamic underway is a slight mix shift to wireless backhaul from fiber/copper in the near term, which should propel microwave equipment purchases for the next three years," Yu added.

http://www.delloro.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

IHS: 5-Year Small Cell Backhaul Market Worth $6.5 Billion

IHS is forecasting that a cumulative $6.5 billion will be spent worldwide on outdoor small cell backhaul equipment between 2015 and 2019.

The latest IHS Infonetics Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment report tracks equipment used for transporting traffic from outdoor small cell sites, such as those attached to light poles, utility poles, and the sides and tops of buildings. Some highlights:

  • Much of the activity in the small cell market continues to be around indoor small cells, as in-building spaces in public venues often have problematic macro-based mobile network coverage
  • In 2015, the global small cell mobile backhaul equipment market is forecast to grow 143 percent from the previous year
  • Around 75,000 outdoor small cell backhaul connections are projected to be deployed in 2015, rising to 960,000 in 2019
  • Point-to-point (P2P) microwave is anticipated to account for just under a third of total small cell backhaul equipment revenue in 2015, the highest of any technology

“As outdoor small cell deployments scale up, we look for the small cell backhaul equipment market to kick into higher gear in 2017, when it will reach over $1.2 billion. This year we started to see the early ramp-up beginning, while trials are still ongoing for many operators,” said Richard Webb, research director for mobile backhaul and small cells at IHS.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2015/1H15-Small-Cell-Mobile-Backhaul-Market.asp

Monday, January 5, 2015

New ETSI Group Focuses on Millimetre Wave Transmission

ETSI has created a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) to work on millimetre Wave Transmission (mWT) in the 30GHz to 300GHz range, where there is one order of magnitude of more spectrum available in this band than in lower bands.

Specifically, ETSI’s new Industry Specification Group on millimetre Wave Transmission (ISG mWT) will facilitate the use of the V-band (57-66 GHz), the E-band (71-76 & 81-86 GHz) and, in the future, higher frequency bands (up to 300 GHz) for large volume backhaul and fronthaul applications to support mobile network implementation, wireless local loop and any other service benefitting from high speed wireless transmission. The first meeting will be held this month.

https://portal.etsi.org/tb.aspx?tbid=833&SubTB=833

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Aricent Partners with Broadcom on Mobile Backhaul Framework

Aricent announced a collaboration with Broadcom to develop  a carrier-grade mobile backhaul reference framework.

Aricent's Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS), which is a software framework that offers Layer 2 switching, IPv4/v6 routing, QoS, security, and management capabilities, has been tested and deployed in the field on Broadcom's StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch leveraging Broadcom's latest Software Development Kit (SDK).

The joint solution can render  Layer 2 and VLAN switching, Layer 3 routing, MPLS, MPLS-TP, provider backbone bridging (PBB), operations, administration and management (OAM), protection, timing, and synchronization features to help equipment vendors build next generation carrier grade mobile backhaul solutions. ISS on Broadcom's StrataXGS BCM56450 platform will be available by the end of this year.

http://www.aricent.com

Monday, September 23, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent Adds Long-Haul Microwave Packet Radio System

Alcatel-Lucent introduced its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) long-haul system for areas where fiber is too costly or difficult to deploy.

The 9500 MPR long-haul system is designed to offer a smooth transition from TDM and hybrid microwave networks while providing a path to 10G capacity between microwave towers. It is ETSI-optimized to meet deployment requirements in Europe and other parts of the world.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Oclaro Samples Low-Cost 10GE SFP+ Transceiver for Mobile Backhaul

Oclaro has begun sampling a low-cost 10G Ethernet SFP+ transceiver for single-mode fiber applications up to 2 km.

The 10G SFP+ CPRI transceiver is optimized for wireless backhaul applications and is compliant with the IEEE 10G Ethernet transceiver standards as required by the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) specification covering the CPRI rates from 2457.6 Mbps (Option 3) to 9830.4 Mbps (Option 7).

Oclaro said its SFP+ CPRI transceiver uses a Fabry-Perot (FP) laser to keep design costs low while offering high performance with a reach of 2 km over single-mode fiber and an extended temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees.

http://www.oclaro.com

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Exalt Ships 2nd Gen Microwave Backhaul Systems for 6-42 GHz Bands

Exalt Communications introduced the 2nd generation of its ExtendAir family of microwave backhaul systems for both short-haul and medium-range links by mobile network operators, WISPs, and enterprises worldwide.

The ExtendAir G2 microwave radios operate in frequency bands from 6 to 42 GHz, while the use of  field-replaceable diplexers significantly reduces sparing and deployment costs.

The ExtendAir G2 systems can scale up to 370 Mbps full duplex and feature errorless adaptive modulation.  The system integrates a GigE switch supporting QoS, VLAN, and Ethernet jumbo frames.  Exalt provides remote management as well as high security with FIPS-compliant 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption.

The units are designed for easy tower or rooftop installation using 802.3at standard PoE.

Pricing starts at under US$6,000 per link.

“ExtendAir G2 systems break new ground in microwave backhaul, delivering three times the capacity of our first generation ExtendAir systems, requiring less power, and supporting advanced Ethernet switching,” said Joe Schraml, Exalt vice president of product management. “These advantages, along with ease of deployment and single unit sparing that reduces the cost of spares up to 90%, makes ExtendAir G2 systems unmatched in the industry for performance, scalability, and total cost of ownership.”

http://www.exaltcom.com/ExtendAir-G2.aspx

Monday, April 29, 2013

BT Wholesale Wins 10-Year Backhaul Contract with Telefonica UK

BT announced a new ten year deal to support the 4G network of Telefonica UK (O2).


Under the deal, BT Wholesale will build a new high capacity, managed transmission network to provide O2 with the network capacity required to support its planned 4G services.  BT will also provide O2 with a sizeable increase in backhaul capacity by delivering the high speed mobile backhaul links between its mobile base stations and the new transmission network. Furthermore, the new transmission network will help O2 migrate from legacy TDM to Ethernet based IP services, helping O2 deliver a host of new applications to its customers whilst reducing its overall transmission costs.

http://www.btplc.com

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ceragon Lands $8 Million Order in South America


Ceragon confirmed that a leading mobile operator in the Southern Cone region of Latin America has placed new orders valued at more than $8 million. The project has been ongoing since early 2012.

Ceragon is supplying its FibeAir IP-10 and Evolution Long Haul solutions to help connect new 3G sites while expanding the capacity of the network’s backbone. The project is expected to be completed by Q3 2013.

http://www.ceragon.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Huawei Develops SDN-based Mobile Backhaul

At the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California, Huawei introduced an SDN-based mobile backhaul solution based on its CX600 series aggregation router, ATN910 series cell site router (CSR), and U2000 Network Management System (NMS).

The solution is the outcome of a joint innovation project between Huawei and the China Telecom Guangzhou Institute. The newly added SDN features include the capability to support a massive number of cell site routers (ATN910 series) managed as a virtual cluster by centralized SDN controllers embedded in the aggregation routers (CX600 series). The SDN controller provides a centralized control plane for the cell site routers, performing centralized path calculation, service provisioning, and traffic control. The addition of the U2000 system provides a graphical user interfaced (GUI) based unified NMS for the cell site and aggregation routers. Based on these products, the SDN-based Mobile Backhaul solution effectively provides plug-and-play, auto service provisioning, smart traffic steering, and auto trouble shooting capabilities for a large number of cell site routers. Early tests have shown promising results with service provisioning efficiency improvements of 85% and over 50% reduction in network alarms.

"Huawei is committed to helping our customers achieve business success through innovative technology solutions. Our progress with SDN technology demonstrates Huawei’s practical and effective leadership within the Carrier SDN industry." said Mr. Gai Gang, President of Huawei Carrier IP product line.

In a presentation at the ONS conference, Justin Dustzadeh, CTO & VP Technology Strategy for Huawei, said that SDN is about accelerating the pace of innovation. Some other highlights:


  • Huawei has developed a Virtual Residential Gateway in an OLT.  This SDN use-case was developed in partnership with Telefonica, which is currently testing in Spain.
  • Another SDN use case involves Cloud Data Center Interconnection.  Huawei is developing this capability with China Unicom, which operates nearly 200 data centers.
  • Huawei's newly announced Protocol-Oblivious Forwarding aims to achieve data path programmability with generic network instructions and open interfaces.

http://www.huawei.com


Monday, April 8, 2013

Ceragon's Q1 Revenues Below Expectations


Citing delayed sales, Ceragon announced that its Q1 revenues will be in the range of $89 million to $91 million, below the company's guidance of $95 million to $105 million. GAAP EPS is now expected to be in the range of $(0.36) to $(0.39). EPS on a non-GAAP basis is expected to be in the range of $(0.15) to $(0.18).

"Our revenues will not reach the low end of our guidance for the first quarter of 2013 because it is taking longer than we expected to close certain deals," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon: "We experienced a level of bookings in Q1 lower than we would have expected based on seasonal weakness, reflecting operators' cautious approach, despite the need for additional capacity.

"We expect the re-evaluation of some aspects of customers' business models, as well as continued intense budget scrutiny, to cause longer sales cycles to persist, even though Q2 bookings are likely to show some improvement for seasonal reasons. We will provide more color during our regularly scheduled quarterly call on May 6th."

http://www.ceragon.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MWC Video Perspective: Wireless Backhaul for LTE


Amir Makleff, CEO of BridgeWave Communications, discusses the elements needed for small cell backhaul.

1. Does the backhaul remain the primary obstacle for widespread small cell rollouts?

2. How does BridgeWave's FLEX4G address the LTE backhaul challenge?

3. What is happening with BridgeWave relative to small cell backhaul?

4. Is time-to-market the critical factor that carriers look to when considering wireless backhaul?

http://youtu.be/dRXHBieJipE

Monday, March 11, 2013

DragonWave Debuts Compact, Sub-6 GHz Microwave Radio


DragonWave unveiled an all-outdoor, sub-6 GHz microwave radio for rural deployments, government and private networks, vertical industries, mobile and extended network backhaul.

The DragonWave Harmony Radio Lite offers a form factor of only 7.5 in square including integrated antenna.  Its point-to-point microwave radio supports both licensed and unlicensed spectrum and is ideally suited for non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios. It includes standard Ethernet interfaces. Streamlined functionality is further complimented by low power consumption (under 15W), PoE compatibility, reduced cabling requirements and low delay. Synchronization through 1588v2 and SynchE eliminates the need for an external synchronization source.

Harmony Radio Lite links can be deployed using a tree topology, with macrocell traffic aggregation points on rooftops, or with tail, chain or small hub microsites at street level, which reduces interference and offers more flexible network connectivity, as well as simplifying network expansion and helping to ensure protected network architectures.

"Addressing vertical markets and a growing demand for rural and suburban backhaul has driven our product strategy with the introduction of the Harmony Radio Lite,” said Peter Allen, CEO. “The value proposition customers seek is Quality of Service assurance, affordability and ease of deployment and management of the network ­– we’re confident the Harmony Radio Lite raises the bar by bringing the lowest cost per bit with uncompromised performance."

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

Thursday, February 28, 2013

SFR Picks Cisco for Elastic Packet Core

SFR, which serves more than 20 million mobile customers across France, has selected Cisco to expand and enhance its mobile Internet network in order to accelerate the deployment of LTE services.

SFR will leverage Cisco's next-generation Internet architecture, including elastic packet core, mobile backhaul, and service provider Wi-Fi solutions, t odeploy the widest range of heterogeneous radio networks (2G/3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi), capture new business opportunities, foster new business models and meet rapidly growing network demands.

The Cisco Elastic Packet Core will provide 4G LTE Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW), Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW), 2G/3G GGSN and SGSN applications. The MME is critical to the network function of the 4G LTE network. The Cisco MME manages multiple back-end functions, including authentication, paging, mobility with 3GPP 2G and 3G nodes, roaming and other functions. The Cisco Serving Gateway (SGW) and the Cisco Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) are two essential elements to SFR’s 4G LTE mobile network. The Cisco SGW provides superior throughput and processing, while the Cisco PGW acts as policy enforcement, managing quality of service (QoS).

SFR is also deploying the Cisco ASR 901 and Cisco ASR 903 mobile backhaul solutions.

In addition to SFR’s 4G deployment, Cisco will also support the service provider’s 2G and 3G cellular networks with its Cisco Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) and Cisco Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN).

http://www.cisco.com

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tarana's Wireless Backhaul Cleans Signals with Advanced DSPs


Tarana Wireless, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, is showcasing its new "AbsoluteAir" wireless backhaul solution for supporting small cell deployments in both non–line of sight (NLoS) and line–of–sight (LoS) operation.

Tarana features a unique Concentrating Multipoint (CMP) architecture that delivers a full 75 Mbps backhaul capacity to each small cell and enables the number of links to scale as data demand grows, without degrading per–link capacity.  The AbsoluteAir product line consists of Concentrator Nodes (CNs), End Nodes (ENs), and an Element Management System (EMS). Each EN connects directly via Ethernet to a small cell providing it with a full 75 Mbps dedicated backhaul capacity. The CN aggregates links for up to four ENs providing 300 Mbps capacity in a single 10 MHz channel – delivering spectral efficiency of 30 bits per second per hertz. A CN may be co–located with a macro cell where direct access to high capacity connectivity to the carrier’s core network is readily available. By leveraging existing carrier sites for CN installations, significant ongoing operating cost benefits are realized.

Tarana leverages advanced signal processing algorithms to optimize link performance. The company says it is able to deliver the full data rate on every link even in dense small cell deployments at a range of 2–4km in NLoS, and practically unconstrained in LoS operation.

Each link utilizes the same 10 MHz channel while maintaining full link capacity. The company is supporting licensed and lightly licensed TDD bands from 2.5–3.7 GHz,

Tarana's AbsoluteAir antenna has a 100° aperture that dynamically aligns, eliminating time–consuming alignment during both setup and ongoing operation. The company says this enables deployment of individual nodes in just 15 minutes.

“AbsoluteAir was designed to meet requests from global carriers for a cost effective backhaul solution that could be easily and quickly deployed anywhere and everywhere across a metro area, without compromising on performance or scalability. I am happy to report that recent urban network tests confirm that our target specifications have been achieved” said Sergiu Nedevschi, executive vice president, chief product officer, and co–founder, Tarana Wireless.

http://taranawireless.com

Thursday, February 21, 2013

BridgeWave Debuts 80 GHz Multi-Gigabit Backhaul for LTE

BridgeWave Communications introduced a multi-gigabit capable, millimeter wave backhaul solution designed for LTE networks.

The BridgeWave Flex4G leverages exclusive Silicon Germanium RF technology to deliver line-rate, full-duplex 1Gbps in an ETSI-standard, single 250 MHz channel using only 32QAM modulation, with improved link budgets compared to other solutions using 64QAM.  The product offers a built-in low-latency switch and supports Carrier-Ethernet functionality with flexible Quality of Service, VLAN awareness, Provider Bridging, Congestion Management and Ring Protection. Carrier-Ethernet capabilities are further enhanced by comprehensive Ethernet OAM management and advanced timing through support of SyncE and 1588v2.

“The holy grail in MMW backhaul has been the combination of high capacity in a lightly utilized and licensed frequency band with a cost structure comparable to that of traditional microwave products”, said Amir Makleff, president and CEO of BridgeWave Communications. “Flex4G achieves this mission based on BridgeWave’s highly integrated Silicon Germanium, mQFN packaging and digital signal processing technologies.”

http://www.bridgewave.com/default.cfm


Monday, February 18, 2013

Ericsson Releases MINI-LINK Backhaul for Small Cells

Ericsson is expanding its MINI-LINK wireless backhaul portfolio with several new models aimed at small cell deployments.

The products being launched are:
  • MINI-LINK SP 415 and 420 - packet aggregation nodes for L3 VPN based on IP/MPLS
  • MINI-LINK PT 3060 - microwave node optimized for small-cell deployments (60GHz)
  • MINI-LINK PT 6020 - 1Gbps (in one 250MHz carrier) microwave node in the E- band (70-80GHz)
  • MINI-LINK LH Compact - long-haul microwave solution for reuse of existing cabinets.
Ericsson has now validated that MINI-LINK products in traditional frequency bands can operate in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions with high performance.  The performance has been verified in trials with MetroPCS in Los Angeles.

"NLOS microwave is a critical component of building backhaul networks where clutter is an issue and especially for heterogeneous networks," said Malcolm Lorang, co-founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of MetroPCS. "We are pleased with the results of the MINI-LINK trial in the challenging Los Angeles environment and look forward to further testing."

TE Connectivity Introduces 10 Gbps Serial Link Combiner for Small Cell Networks

TE Connectivity introduced a 10 Gbps optical transport Serial Link Combiner (SLC) for small cell backhaul.

TE’s SLC is a CPRI rate muxponder that can support up to 225 MHz of spectrum over a single fiber pair. The SLC combines up to three 3.072 Gbps fiber links to a single 9.8304 Gbps (10 Gbps) single-mode or multi-mode fiber pair. And each SLC chassis supports four 10 Gbps links for a combined 900 MHz of available transport capacity.

The company said its new muxponder is significant in that it reduces fiber needed from up to three fiber pairs (six fiber strands) to a fiber pair (two fiber stands).  This reduces fiber leasing requirements by up to 150%, reducing operational expenses.

Each SLC chassis supports four 10 Gbps links; each 10 Gbps link supports up to 225 MHz of RF spectrum transported over a single 10 Gbps fiber pair (two fiber strands).  The design allows for fiber reuse of existing fiber infrastructure.

The platform could be used as an optical multiplexing solution for multiband and multi-operator mobile networks where it is necessary to transport full-band, multi-band RF to a designated service area, such as a large public venue or urban core, where there is high sectorization and capacity strain on the network. The four composite 10 Gbps fiber links can also be multiplexed by utilizing WDM, CWDM and DWDM to further reduce the amount of fiber needed. SLC works with any solution that transports at the 3.072 Gbps data rate, including TE’s digital DAS solutions or remote radio heads, and small form pluggable (SFP) and SFP+ optical transceivers to transport high amounts of capacity several kilometers away.

http://www.TE.com

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Aviat Lands $10M Contract with U.S. Municipal Network

Aviat Networks announced orders worth over $10 million for a combination of microwave backhaul equipment and services to support the public safety network of one of the largest city municipalities in the United States.

The network supports the city's police, firefighters and other first responders on a multi-agency wireless system. Aviat is installing Eclipse IRU 600 and Eclipse ODU 600 radios to provide seamless migration to IP/MPLS and LTE while supporting the mission-critical requirements of existing TDM traffic.

"The public safety LTE infrastructure will need to support the next wave of in-field crime-fighting tools, such as mobile surveillance video," say Tony Ljubicich, vice president of sales, the Americas, Aviat Networks. "This upgrade of the city's wireless voice and data microwave backhaul will deliver LTE-proven bandwidth for video as well as other real-time applications such as fingerprint matching and identity checks. Moreover, it is set to be leveraged for integration into the statewide radio system when the time comes."

http://www.aviatnetworks.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tarana Wireless Target Small Cell Backhaul with Concentrating Multipoint Topology

Tarana Wireless, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, emerged from stealth and announced its entry into the market for small cell backhaul equipment.

Tarana will feature a Concentrating Multipoint (CMP) backhaul topology comprised of two different wireless devices – concentrator nodes (CN) and end nodes (EN). Each EN connects directly to a small cell and provides dedicated backhaul capacity. Tarana devices are configured to form a single hop star with the CN aggregating links and capacity for multiple ENs. The company said it will support both non-line-of-sight (NLoS) to line-of-sight (LoS) operation.

Tarana Wireless was privately funded in 2011 by a syndicate of four globally diversified investors.  The company traces its origin to a distinguished team of engineering researchers associated with the University of California, Berkeley.

Tarana co-founders are Sergiu Nedevschi Ph.D., chief product officer; Dale Branlund, chief technology officer; Omar Bakr Ph.D., chief scientist; Rabin Patra Ph.D., vice president systems, and Kevin Jones, vice president product innovation. Steve Sifferman, president and chief executive officer, joined the dompany in 2011.  He previously held executive positions with ArrayComm and Powerwave Technologies.

“While other vendors have claimed NLoS and high bandwidth links, the market has confirmed that no small cell backhaul product to date provides the range, capacity, link availability, and scale carriers need to address the exponential growth in wireless data demand,” said Dale Branlund. “Unfortunately, these limitations are inherent in their legacy approaches. Tarana has created a new paradigm in wireless networking that we are bringing to market and I am proud to be a part of this innovative and talented team.”

http://www.taranawireless.com

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