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DragonWave Rebrands Recently Acquired NSN Product Line

DragonWave has closed on the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks’ microwave transport business. Nokia Siemens Networks retains responsibility for its existing solution sales and associated services for microwave transport, while DragonWave is responsible for the microwave transport product line, including R&D, product management and operations functions. DragonWave is now the preferred strategic supplier of packet microwave and related products to Nokia Siemens Networks and the two companies will jointly coordinate technology development activities. The acquired products from NSN are being rebranded as “Harmony” products. Under the acquisition terms, DragonWave will continue the support and development of these products, which will also be sold via Nokia Siemens Networks under the FlexiPacket brand through its existing channels as part of its end-to-end mobile broadband solution set.

“In closing this acquisition, we’ve established a new level of collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks that positions DragonWave strategically for continued growth,” said DragonWave president and CEO, Peter Allen, in a company release. “The new Harmony line we’re adding to our portfolio is backed by unmatched service and support and further bolsters our ability to participate in the tremendous growth in LTE networks worldwide.”

NSN retained the FlexiPacket brand in the acquisition. “We had to come up with a new branding in order to sell the products directly to our customers,” Alan Solheim, vice president of corporate development, told Backhaul Bulletin. “The Harmony line adds new capabilities, such as a hybrid mode for the short-haul radio and a trunking radio for the long-haul applications that allow us to better address more customer applications. We expect this to have a positive impact on our ability to win new business,” Solheim told the Bulletin regarding the future growth of the product line.

“The addition of these new products to our portfolio will significantly expand our product offering and allow us to provide optimized solutions for any network evolution,” said Greg Friesen, vice president of product management, in a company release. “We remain committed not only to our vision for pure packet networks, but also to enabling a smooth transition from today’s networks to the networks of tomorrow.”

LightPointe Honors Chief Scientist and Optical Wireless Innovator’s 80th Birthday

Dr. Kube

Dr. Erhard Kube

LightPointe, a manufacturer of point-to-point gigabit-capacity wireless FSO bridges and 60-GHz small cell and 80-GHz backhaul radios for broadband transmission, is honoring its chief scientist, on his 80th birthday this month, and for his contributions in optical wireless transmission. Kube is regarded as the father of optical wireless transmission technology. His career spans more than 50 years and has been dedicated to optical communications and data transmission innovation since the early 1960s, Dr. Heinz Willebrand, LightPointe’s CEO, told Backhaul Bulletin.

Kube has been with LightPointe since the company’s founding in 1998 and has been its chief scientist since 2000. His study of the transmission of light through the atmosphere has led to today’s fourth-generation free-space optics wireless bridges, which are the fastest point-to-point data transmission technology. They provide up to 99.999 percent availability and enable laser-precise secure delivery of data.

According to Willebrand, Kube’s discoveries have led to many of the products used to interconnect high-speed networks for businesses, schools, military, security applications and 4G/LTE mobile telecom backhaul. Innovations in optical fiber and optical wireless networks enable the broadband connections and telecom services, which make it possible to use bandwidth- intensive devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets, as well as IP video streaming services such as Netflix and video conferencing.

“As Dr. Kube celebrates his 80th birthday this month, and during an especially exciting time of growth for us with revenue up 42 percent this year, it reminds all of us at LightPointe of his contributions to our company,” said Willebrand in a company statement.

Willebrand told the Bulletin that the time for optical communications is much better now than it was 10 to 15 years ago. “Dr. Kube has made quite a contribution in this space to make optical communications much more reliable,” he said.

LightPointe Honors Chief Scientist and Optical Wireless Innovator’s 80th Birthday

Dr. Kube

Dr. Erhard Kube

LightPointe, a manufacturer of point-to-point gigabit-capacity wireless FSO bridges and 60-GHz small cell and 80-GHz backhaul radios for broadband transmission, is honoring its chief scientist, on his 80th birthday this month, and for his contributions in optical wireless transmission. Kube is regarded as the father of optical wireless transmission technology. His career spans more than 50 years and has been dedicated to optical communications and data transmission innovation since the early 1960s, Dr. Heinz Willebrand, LightPointe’s CEO, told Backhaul Bulletin.

Kube has been with LightPointe since the company’s founding in 1998 and has been its chief scientist since 2000. His study of the transmission of light through the atmosphere has led to today’s fourth-generation free-space optics wireless bridges, which are the fastest point-to-point data transmission technology. They provide up to 99.999 percent availability and enable laser-precise secure delivery of data.

According to Willebrand, Kube’s discoveries have led to many of the products used to interconnect high-speed networks for businesses, schools, military, security applications and 4G/LTE mobile telecom backhaul. Innovations in optical fiber and optical wireless networks enable the broadband connections and telecom services, which make it possible to use bandwidth- intensive devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets, as well as IP video streaming services such as Netflix and video conferencing.

“As Dr. Kube celebrates his 80th birthday this month, and during an especially exciting time of growth for us with revenue up 42 percent this year, it reminds all of us at LightPointe of his contributions to our company,” said Willebrand in a company statement.

Willebrand told the Bulletin that the time for optical communications is much better now than it was 10 to 15 years ago. “Dr. Kube has made quite a contribution in this space to make optical communications much more reliable,” he said.

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Leap to Triple LTE Coverage by 2014, Joining the 4G Fray

Leap Wireless International, the parent of Cricket Communications, plans to triple its planned LTE coverage from 20-25 million to 60-65million POPs by 2014, according to Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson, speaking at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference last week in Boston.

In March, Cricket signed a five-year wholesale agreement to use Clearwire’s proposed LTE network. Previously, it had a wholesale agreement with the now-bankrupt Lightsquared. Late last year, the carrier began its multi-year transition to 4G LTE with a commercial market launch in its Tucson, Ariz.

The carrier has not divulged its LTE vendors, however. Leap spokesman Greg Lund told the AGL Bulletin the company has not been in any hurry to deploy LTE, choosing instead to wait until handset and infrastructure costs come down.

“We felt the significant device costs that were presented to us would come down in line with what our customers [could afford] in the back half of this year,” Lund said. “That is why we took a more measured approach to device and infrastructure sourcing.”

Clearwire has said it will announce its LTE vendors in the third quarter of this this year and plans to deploy 5,000 TD-LTE base stations by June 2013, increasing to 8,000 thereafter. Leap will probably announce its vendors for LTE in the second half of this year, Lund said.

“Carriers are busy adding coverage and capacity – good for towers,” Christopher Larsen, senior research analyst with Piper/Larsen, wrote in a note on last week’s CTIA show in New Orleans. “AT&T and Verizon have maintained their aggressive push to build-out LTE. Sprint is driving high levels of activity with its Network Vision deployment. Finally, T-Mobile is making progress with its LTE strategy, announcing its vendors this week. (see relate story) With the rapid growth of wireless data usage likely to continue and to push the carriers to keep up with capacity demands, we think the tower operators will continue to see strong growth in the U.S. for the foreseeable future.”

Mobile Experts projects more than 14 million radio transceivers will be installed during 2016, with more than half deployed for LTE services.

“Despite the rise of small cells, the macro infrastructure market will remain strong,” said Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts. “In particular, rising data traffic demand will drive a need for ongoing investment in the macro layer, especially for 3G, TD-LTE, and LTE-FDD systems.”