Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Adds Gigabit Wireless Radios from Bridgewave into Portfolio

Under a global resale agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will integrate multi-gigabit millimeter wave radios from BridgeWave into its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) transmission solutions. This advancement will expand the frequency range covered by the 9500 MPR with the high-frequency 60-90 GHz spectrum to provide customers up to 2.6 Gbps of capacity, sufficient to support the anticipated transport requirements for 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

"We are proud to collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent, a company with a clear strategic vision for an open LTE ecosystem," said Amir Makleff, President and CEO at BridgeWave Communications. "Our expertise and leadership in the 80GHz spectrum combined with Alcatel-Lucent's broad product offering and support organization provides customers with an attractive combination of technology and solutions."

  • Last month, BridgeWave Communications introduced its FlexPort family of high-capacity 80 GHz radios for mobile backhaul. The FlexPort operates in the high-frequency 80 GHz spectrum to provide up to 1.5 Gbps of capacity for backhaul of both native IP and TDM traffic. Bridgewave plans to release an update in Q3 that will boost this backhaul capacity to up to 2.6 Gbps. The company said that multi-gigahertz allocations in the 80 GHz frequency band make possible these multi-gigabit transmission rates. And unlike bandwidth-constrained microwave or newer Ethernet radios, the multi-gigabit capacity of its FlexPort makes it suitable for 4G backhaul.