By Brandon Sheffield, Automation Programmer/Analyst
In every school across America, children are taught to revere the era of the “Space Race” and its impact on the human footprint. Whether it was in the private or public sector, the world was electric with an insatiable desire to push the boundaries of technology and human capabilities. Today, the next “Space Race” is already afoot, down on the ground.Read More
By Gary Croke, Sr. Director of Marketing and Strategy
“Transport routing,” a term that may be new to many, simply refers to routing application in the transport (or backhaul) portion of the network. These transport networks can be based on fiber, microwave, millimeter wave or a combination of all these physical layer technologies. This short blog explores the issues with routing in the transport network and discusses a new solution to address those key issues.Read More
By Said Jilani, Sr. Customer Solutions Architect
MPLS is a mature technology that has been deployed by service providers and private networks for many years. In a time of building pressure for organizations to modernize transport infrastructure to support new applications, MPLS enhances the performance, reliability, and scalability of IP based networks. Successful implementation has demonstrated a reduction of costs associated with maintaining complex expensive legacy TDM based transport network, improved scalability, and higher efficiency.Read More
By Stuart Little, Director of International Product Line Marketing
In the past years, a few microwave vendors have introduced ‘sub-band free’ RF outdoor units into the market. The main claim of these radios is that a single hardware variant can be deployed in any frequency sub-band, simplifying and lower costs involved with ordering, deployment and sparing of microwave networks.
However, these new radios are not available in all bands and come with a number of limitations, including lower RF performance, larger size, and weight, higher cost, limitations in modulation and channel sizes, amongst others.Read More
The Garden Route district is located along a 300 kilometer stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa in Western Cape province, about 450 kilometers east of Cape Town. It’s a popular tourist destination, especially in spring and summer. However, its lush vegetation is prone to field fires, particularly in drier times.
In late October 2018, field fires raged across the area, with ongoing blazes in the municipality of George and the Outeniqua Pass area. Hundreds of municipality firefighters, area volunteers, and firefighters assisting from other districts fought to contain the fire. Seven fatalities were reported, and the pass was closed for an extended period. Entire suburban sections of George, not far from thickly wooded areas along the Garden Route, were evacuated.Read More
The commissioning process for microwave—from integration to testing to equipment configuration to turn-up—can be lengthy and can involve multiple teams at multiple sites and get more complicated as microwave moves to include more sophisticated Layer 2 and Layer 3 capabilities. With added complexity, configuring intricate radio parameters in the field can increase labor-intensive operating procedures, increase operating costs, and unfavorably affect an operator’s return on investment and bottom line.Read More
Unfortunately, throughout much of the western half of the USA, wildfires have become all too common. Moreover, with the recent fires in California this month, things seem to be getting worse. Wildfires and other natural disasters can have significant impacts to communications systems affecting not only personal cellular communications but also first responder and other mission-critical communications. Fire, police, emergency workers and other first responders need communications during natural disasters more than ever and this is precisely the time when thing just need to work.Read More
By Stuart Little, Director of International Product Line Marketing, US
Space diversity has been an important feature in long haul microwave systems for many years to counteract the effects of multi-path fading. Space diversity enables very long links over highly reflective surfaces such as bodies of water for example, where a non-diversity link would not deliver the high availability required.Read More
According to NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, broadband use has multiplied by more than twenty times since the early 2000s. However, three out of every ten Americans still do not enjoy its benefits. That represents a sizable market, and a good part of that market is in rural areas that lack the infrastructure for it. For service providers, the challenges lie in entering those markets quickly and effectively, and at lower ownership and operational costs than fiber or other solutions.Read More