White paper: Urbanized Backhaul
Urbanized backhaul with the Aviat WTM 3300 for small cell and macrocell applications
Data sheet: Aviat WTM 3300 ETSI & ANSI
All-outdoor microwave radio with integrated antenna for urban backhaul
Unlike current E-band radios which are big, heavy and expensive, the WTM 3300 is the first 70-80 GHz product to feature an embedded invisible antenna making it one-fifth the weight at one-half the power consumption when compared to other all-outdoor Ethernet radios. In addition, WTM 3300 enables full 1Gbps capacity to ensure you meet the capacity demands well into the future.
For urban deployments, where traditional large microwave radios for macrocell and small cell backhaul are clearly a mismatch, the non-traditional E-band solution offers a significantly lower TCO alternative. With an embedded antenna integrated into a lightweight and compact unit, the WTM 3300 eliminates the cost of a separate antenna and extra installation, leaving only a much reduced initial investment. Furthermore, with scalable data transport capacities up to 1 Gbps, operators can add capacity at any time, matching cost with service offering and revenue generation.
Watch this whiteboard animation to see how WTM 3300 can help you.
The WTM 3300’s small size means operators can now access more rooftop, wall and street level sites compared to traditional parabolic antenna systems that are often not viable due to technical, environmental or planning restrictions. The community-friendly design smartly addresses aesthetic concerns for street level installations such as lampposts, street signs and kiosks that are primary choices for macrocell and small cell sites.
¡Hola! again from the final day at Barcelona, where close to 1500 companies have been busily showcasing their products and services since Monday.
Once again microwave backhaul has featured highly with the main development being the widespread adoption of 1024QAM modulation. At least half a dozen new products now support this higher modulation level. Of course we are one of them, showing our new WTM 3200 all-outdoor radio. 1024QAM supports about 25 percent more throughput over the radio path compared to 256QAM, but it does come with a tradeoff in reduced system performance and increased interference sensitivity. These can be somewhat offset by using Adaptive Modulation, so if the link starts to struggle at 1024QAM it can drop back to a lower modulation until conditions improve.
Small cell backhaul has also been a hot topic, with many vendors jockeying for position in this emerging application. Small cells are tiny base stations that can be fitted to lamp posts or the sides of buildings, covering just a few hundred square yards/meters and would provide enhanced coverage and capacity to the network. There is talk of there being literally millions of these small cells being deployed over the next five years, starting in 2014 or so, and the big challenge will be backhauling all that traffic.
Multi-technology small cells (WiFi + LTE) are emerging to enable mobile offload directly at the outdoor mounted small cell. Offload solutions that offload traffic at the building and onto fiber/DSL are designed to relieve the RAN and backhaul networks. This approach however is designed to provide capacity relief to the RAN part of the network only and will use the same backhaul as LTE traffic. The intersection of mobile offload and outdoor mounted small cells will mean backhaul remains a critical part of the offload solution for some time to come.
As with last year, there is still a huge proliferation of new LTE-enabled smartphone and tablet devices. More connections bring more opportunities. This is good for our business as mobile operators will need to upgrade their networks.
Until next year!Related articles Day 1 at Mobile World Congress 2012 (aviatnetworks.com) Mobile World Congress 2012 Day 2 (aviatnetworks.com) Mobile World Congress Day 3: Connected Life Becomes Reality (aviatnetworks.com) Wi-Fi, Small Cells Could Disrupt Mobile (pcworld.com) 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi Coming Together in Small Cells for Mobile Data (pcworld.com)
Whew! I am just now recovering from the week in Barcelona. Where else in the world can you go and find the next cool device, application and of course, Smartphones—or should I say superphones! There was a lot of great technology and amazing booths to explore. I could have spent all four days wandering the show floor, but there was work to do. Seems the Android booth and pins were quite popular. (More on that later ;-))
As Director of Corporate Communications, my role was to connect with the media. We had lots of briefings, which resulted in some good coverage for us. We announced two innovative new products just before the show and it was great to highlight the features for customers, press, analysts and other visitors to the booth. The Eclipse IDU GE3 is an ultra-compact indoor unit (IDU) that combines the very latest Carrier Ethernet networking and advanced radio features for hybrid TDM/Ethernet or all-Ethernet/IP wireless transmission. If you want to see it, check out the interactive 3D product model online. We also announced the WTM 3000, the first complete outdoor networked radio that will launch later this year.
Honestly, we’re pretty excited about it.
Everyone was great to work with, but I have to say a big “Thank You” to all the journalists and analysts who took the time to speak with us and cover our company. Chuck Kissner, our new CEO, also was interviewed by TelecomTV and discussed the future of wireless backhaul and Aviat Networks’ vision and product roadmap for the future. You can visit our news page for more details.
Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in meetings. I was just glad that we had a cool new booth for this show, thanks to our event team. You can view the photos on our last blog post Highlights from Mobile World Congress. Check it out and feel free to leave a comment about what you think.
What can I say, it was a great event. Can’t wait till next year!
So what’s ahead? We have some great events lined up for the next month that you can participate in or attend. It’s a good way to meet the Aviat Networks team and get to know our technology.
Building on the momentum of Mobile World Congress 2011 we will be hosting a webinar titled “Strategies for Lowering Your LTE/4G Backhaul Bill” on Thursday, March 17 at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. It is free, and you will get valuable information on how packet microwave radio systems are a cost-effective solution to meet the challenges of backhaul capacity. Stuart Little, our director of marketing—you may have seen his blog posts—and Gary Croke, senior product marketing manager will be speaking.
If you are in the Las Vegas area tomorrow, come by and chat with John Kerrigan, sales director, at the IWCE 2011, booth #8094 about the latest solutions from Aviat Networks in the government and public safety markets. To find out more, visit the IWCE website at http://iwceexpo.com/iwce2011/public/enter.aspx or check out the details on our Twitter site at aviatnetworks http://bit.ly/gVAXe2
CTIA Wireless 2011
Although we don’t have a booth at CTIA this year, we are meeting with customers and speaking on the topics of wireless backhaul capacity challenges, industry trends and microwave technology solutions. To find out more information about the show, visit http://www.ctiawireless.com. We will also be tweeting about our participation at the show within the next week.
2011 UTC Region 6 Annual Meeting
On March 28-30 we will be connecting with customers to discuss industry issues at the UTC regional meeting being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Lenexa in Overland Park, Kansas. As you might know, the Utilities Telecom Council is a great association dedicated to issues that face the telecommunications industry. For more information, visit http://www.utc.org/utc/2011-utc-region-6-annual-meeting.
Well that’s it for now. I will be back in touch next month to update you on the latest happenings at Aviat Networks. Till then, follow the dialogue and news on our social sites. Don’t be shy, jump in the conversation, we welcome it! Until next month…. Oh by the way, the Android pins are selling on eBay for those of you who are interested.
Director of Corporate Communications, Aviat Networks
Yes its true, you can have it all. Today we announced our WTM3000 outdoor network radio for wireless transmission that combines full IP/Ethernet aggregation and switching, along with the very latest in advanced radio transmission features to maximize frequency efficiency and throughput.
Unlike other “all-outdoor” packet radios that require an indoor unit or a separate switch/router to provide important networking features and advanced radio functionality, such as Adaptive Modulation, the WTM 3000 includes all advanced radio, modem and Ethernet networking functions in a compact, environmentally hardened unit.
WTM 3000 represents a breakthrough in converged networking and transmission solutions. Incorporating the latest in carrier-class Ethernet switch technology and three Gigabit Ethernet ports, it supports nodal functions with aggregation, Carrier Ethernet Quality of Service (QoS) controls, Ethernet Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) and IP/MPLS awareness. The WTM 3000 also provides superior radio transmission features, such as 256QAM Adaptive Coding and Modulation, excellent RF system gain performance, and support for link capacity-doubling, through co-channel operation with XPIC.
This solution can operate as a standalone device for Carrier Ethernet/IP transmission wireless connections or extend the Aviat Packet Node platform for all-IP and zero-footprint applications.
The WTM 3000 will debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 14-17, 2011. Come by and take a look!