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.”


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