Monday, March 17, 2008

DragonWave Debuts Horizon Duo Ethernet Radio -- up to 1.6 Gbps Links

DragonWave expanded its Horizon portfolio of native Ethernet radios with a new Horizon Duo model that delivers of up to 1.6 Gbps per link capacity. The product is aimed at wireless carriers offering increasingly bandwidth-intensive WiMAX and 4G services.

Horizon Duo shares the firmware defined modem technology of DragonWave's Horizon Compact and the pseudowire capability of the company's Unite product, enabling integration of Ethernet and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) traffic across a single packet-based network. DragonWave's Horizon Duo operates within both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies in the 11-to-38-GHz range, ensuring interference-free performance for customers' traffic.

DragonWave said its Horizon Duo provides scalable, ultra-low-latency, wire-speed native Ethernet connectivity up to 1.6 Gbps full duplex with up to 99.999-percent service availability. Advanced capabilities include integrated link aggregation, XPIC, 1+1 switching, adaptive modulation and an integrated regenerator configuration. Using an optional plug-in with Horizon Duo, a carrier could carry 16 E1/T1, two DS3/E3 or OC3/STM1 services back to the core fiber network over a single Gigabit Ethernet connection. It also supports DragonWave's software-controlled flex bandwidth feature.

The installed base of DragonWave AirPair radios can be upgraded using an indoor-unit replacement, enabling a four-times boost in capacity without changing up-mast gear or cabling.

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