DragonWave has introduced the Harmony Enhanced MC, an ultra-high capacity, multi-service microwave system that provides dual channel support and extended reach. The Harmony Enhanced MC, which operates in the 6 GHz-42 GHz spectrum bands, features integrated dual carriers and fully integrated XPIC capabilities into a single outdoor unit (ODU) antenna configuration. With its integrated switch and a 10 GE port, Harmony Enhanced MC delivers an all-outdoor, Ethernet solution. With integrated 112 MHz channel support, 4096 QAM capability, Bandwidth Accelerator+ and MIMO, Harmony Enhanced MC delivers more than 4 Gbps in a single radio, with scalability to deliver 8Gbps on a single antenna. The Harmony Enhanced MC system is also hardware ready to support software defined networking (SDN), effectively enabling end-to-end network intelligence. www.dragonwaveinc.com
DragonWave has launched its next generation microwave system Harmony Enhanced, a high-capacity, long-reach, multi-service radio operating in the 6-42 GHz spectrum bands. Harmony Enhanced merges the DragonWave’s Flagship Harmony Radio and Horizon Compact+ into an ultra-high-capacity microwave system. With its integrated switch, Harmony Enhanced delivers a true all-outdoor, Ethernet solution.
Harmony Enhanced allows operators to cost-effectively scale networks with the system gain, spectral efficiency and increased capacity that is enabled through 112 megahertz channel support, 4096QAM capability, bandwidth Accelerator+ and MIMO. These capabilities allow Harmony Enhanced to deliver more than 2 Gbps in a single radio, with scalability via MIMO to 4 Gbps in a single channel. Bandwidth Accelerator+ provides more than two times throughput improvements with the inclusion of header optimization and the industry’s only bulk compression working in tandem. Delivering the highest output power for an all-outdoor microwave system, the Harmony Enhanced leverages GaN technology to increase reach by more than 30 percent. Additionally, integrated Ethernet switching with WRED queuing, E-LINE and E-LAN support and upgradability to MPLS-TP enables a true all-outdoor installation without the need for an additional access switch. www.dragonwaveinc.com
The Harmony Eband from DragonWave is a compact all-outdoor radio designed to use untapped spectrum. By operating in lightly used 70/80 GHz spectrum, the Harmony Eband can be deployed in areas where traditional frequencies have limited availability. The Harmony Eband delivers up to 4 Gbps (2.5 Gbps uncompressed) of capacity per link. By combining high output power, MIMO capability and adaptive modulation and waveform techniques, the Harmony Eband can reach up to 8 KMs, providing comparable reach to the 23-38 GHz bands. In addition to high capacity backhaul, the Harmony Eband is a solution for high capacity fronthaul applications with its ultra-low delay mode and a CPRI interface. www.dragonwaveinc.com
DragonWave has added its Avenue product line and complementary e-band systems to the Cisco Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Ecosystem. They provide line-of-sight (LOS) and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) products using 2 GHz to 80 GHz licensed and unlicensed backhaul spectrum. The products target all-outdoor small cell backhaul and are optimized for 3G/LTE small cell deployments. Cisco created an ecosystem of mobile products centered on Cisco’s mobile Internet backhaul service, Unified MPLS for Mobile Transport (UMMT). This ecosystem pairs the Cisco ASR 901 series aggregation services routers with mobile backhaul vendors that offer products with interoperability through active deployments by service providers around the world. www.dragonwaveinc.com
Cisco’s aggressive entrance into the small cell mobility market — a billion dollar buying spree that included Intucell, BroadHop and Ubiquisys – is continuing with the development of another crucial infrastructure component, an ecosystem of backhaul options.
“With orders of magnitude more small cells being deployed than macro cells, backhaul will be a critical challenge,” according to Cisco’s web page. “Adding to the challenge, many of these base stations will be deployed under a variety of conditions, across diverse locations, without existing backhaul infrastructure.”
As a result, an ecosystem of wireless backhaul partners, including BLiNQ, DragonWave, Fastback Networks, NEC, RADWIN and Siklu, have been tested and approved for use with Cisco’s end-to-end solution to provide line-of-sight (LOS), non-line-of-sight and point-to-point or point-to-multipoint, according to the tech giant’s announcement at the Small Cells World Summit in London, earlier this month.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of ecosystems and partnerships to our business,” said Partho Mishra, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Small Cell Technology Group.
The ecosystem of wireless solutions is centered on Cisco’s mobile Internet backhaul product, Unified MPLS for Mobile Transport, which pairs the Cisco ASR 901 Series aggregation services routers with wireless backhaul vendors that offer products with proven interoperability through active global deployments.
DragonWave’s product line, which provides line-of-sight (LOS) and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) solutions utilizing 2-80 GHz licensed and unlicensed backhaul spectrum, met the requirements for LTE, with capabilities that include low delay and SynchE, as well as 1588v2 compatibility. The combined DragonWave/Cisco solution meets service providers’ requirements for end-to-end outdoor small cell backhaul, addressing scalability, zero-touch provisioning, flexibility, manageability, end-to-end QoS, predictable and reliable operation, network synchronization and simplicity in scaling for growth, according to DragonWave.
Greg Friesen, vice president, product management, Dragonwave, told DAS Bulletin, that the relationship with Cisco is key to giving his company a foothold in the small cell market.
“The partnership with Cisco is very important, because they are a key player in the macrocell segment and plan to be in the small cell market as well,” Friesen said. “Cisco has a router targeted at the small cell [backhaul] market and packet data capabilities, and they are looking for relationships with vendors related to that space so they can offer an end-to-end solution. We are part of their small cell solution.”
As well as being deployed in high congested areas, small cells may be also deployed by carriers in blanket fashion, reducing the need for macrocellular coverage, according to Friesen.
“We believe small cells are the next huge market with completely different dynamics [from macrocells] and a whole new set of challenges,” Friesen said. “It is still in its infancy, but all the carriers are beginning to develop their strategies around it. It is very clear that there is going to be a lot of wireless backhaul needed.”
DragonWave does not have any other specific small cell relationships at this time, except for a standing relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks, which also makes small cells. The OEM is open to additional relationships in the small cell space.
“It is an emerging space and relationships are important and we want to be connected to as many small cell devices as possible,” Friesen said.