Refusing to be distracted by its protracted purchase off Nokia Siemens Networks’ [NSN] microwave business, DragonWave continues moving forward with new product announcements.
“[The purchase of NSN] has been a long time in the making but we believe it will be transformational for us,” Alan Solheim, vice president, corporate development, told DAS Bulletin. “Meanwhile, we have not just been sitting on our hands.”
The Horizon S-Series, a sub-6-GHz radio has been launched for non-line-of-sight applications up to 200 Mbps required by public safety and state and local governments, as well as certain microcellular backhaul applications. The S-Series asynchronous transmission provides added flexibility for operators.
“We are targeting this product at small cell backhaul and verticals like public safety and smart grid,” Solheim said. “We recognized that that we needed that kind of product to be integrated into our small cell strategy.”
DragonWave has also introduced the Horizon E-Series, operating in the licensed 70/80-GHz frequencies. The Horizon E-7000T provides up to 1 Gbps of asynchronous capacity per link and is designed for shorter-range deployments in urban environments, such as in a mobile backhaul scenario, microcellular backhaul applications or to provide enterprise connectivity.
“It serves two purposes. You can still use it for small cells and you can use it for enterprise and outdoor backhaul,” Solheim said. “We look at 80 GHz as an interesting frequency and a useful part of the toolkit but it’s same as the other bands (38 GHz, 28 GHz, 24 GHz or 23 GHz). It is nice because it is lightly licensed and offers high capacity but it does not have the same kind of reach as lower frequencies.”
The Horizon S-Series and E-Series radios, coupled with the Avenue radio, comprise DragonWave’s outdoor microcell backhaul line, using the three primary frequency bands used for microcell backhaul: 5.8 GHz, 60 GHz and 70/80 GHz.
DragonWave has also announced higher modulation of up to 2048 QAM for its Horizon packet microwave products. This higher modulation allows the radios to transport up to 37 percent more data through existing microwave channels. With data compression, spectral efficiency is further enhanced 25 to 100 percent depending on traffic patterns.
With 2048 QAM, users can achieve greater than 500 Mbps of transport in a Horizon Compact+ all-outdoor system and up to a gigabit with DragonWave’s bandwidth accelerator. Horizon Quantum can provide two carriers per radio each capable of 1024 QAM, delivering up to 2 Gbps in a single radio with bandwidth accelerator.
DragonWave Plans to Add Harmony Product Line
DragonWave, last week, shared further plans for the expansion of its portfolio to include the products to be acquired as part of its planned NSN acquisition, which closes June 1.
Following closing, the new products acquired from NSN would be marketed under the names Harmony Radio, Harmony First Mile 200, Harmony Hub 800 and Harmony Trunk. Under the terms of the amended agreement, DragonWave will continue the support and development of these products, which will also be sold via the existing channels of NSN under the FlexiPacket brand.
The Harmony Radio, Harmony First Mile 200 and Harmony Hub 800 products provide both hybrid TDM and packet solutions. The Harmony Radio is an all outdoor packet radio which can be coupled with either the Harmony First Mile 200 or the Harmony Hub 800 indoor units to provide support for a mixture of TDM and Ethernet interfaces. Multiple Harmony radios can be connected to a single Harmony indoor unit. The Harmony Trunk provides for high capacity Ethernet and SDH transport.