Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NSN Integrates Carrier Ethernet with FlexiPacket Microwave for Backhaul

Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing a new Ethernet-based wireless mobile backhaul solution. The solution combines Carrier Ethernet transport (CET) in its FlexiPacket Microwave Radio in a "zero footprint" -- taking up no additional space - backhaul site solution that eliminates the need for a separate indoor unit for the microwave radio. The CET feature set allows network and transport sharing to be realized with strict guarantees for all parties -- in particular hard quality of service (QoS) and full support for next generation mobile services and applications.

NSN said its new approach provides a cost efficient, environment friendly answer for operators who need to dramatically increase capacity and switch to a simpler, packet-based transport network.

"The result of no additional shelter equipment, space and power consumption can reduce site costs by up to 25 percent, with the side effect of a high ecological value for the customer," said Tamas Major, portfolio manager for mobile backhaul at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This test revealed the interoperability of our solution in terms of synchronization which is major step for the applicability of mobile backhaul deployment based in carrier Ethernet."

The company demonstrated the solution in the interoperability test bed of the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC).

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