The National Science Foundation (NSF) has operated the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) since its inception in the 1950s. Program scientists perform a variety of critical research projects there that rely heavily on communications with the outside world—for transmission of research data for analysis, for contact with other researchers in the U.S. and other regions of the world, for personal communications between the Antarctica staff and their families and others, and for many other purposes.Read More
Chugach Electric’s network migration began in 2010, when they first identified upcoming issues with their existing network, which consisted of end-of-life hardware and capacity bottlenecks. The migration was critical to ensure traffic across operations that covered an expansive footprint remained flowing and without any issues and to be also to evolve the network to enable allow future technologies, services, and applications.Read More
Those familiar with the microwave industry can tell you that over the last 20 years (despite the evolution in mobile apps, cloud, automation) and apart from a few exceptions, there hasn’t been much change in the processes used to design, purchase, build, install, and maintain microwave networks.Read More
Microwave technology is evolving rapidly to meet the ever increasing demands for data throughput.
The recent data explosion has created a burden on communications networks to provide the necessary capacities to support the network and its applications. Networks that were initially deployed to carry low capacity voice circuits are now faced with the challenges of being increasingly adaptive, elastic and intelligent to accommodate the constantly evolving traffic it carries.Read More
by Gary Croke
On July 10th, I participated in a panel at IEEE 5G World Forum with colleagues from Vodafone, Bell Labs/Nokia, Facebook and Collinear.
Through a lively discussion and exchange of ideas we explored backhaul/fronthaul considerations in a virtualized RAN in 5G network. We discussed CRAN, vRAN and their benefits, challenges and issues.Read More
The arrival of 5G services will bring significant change to the way we consume bandwidth. Already, even well before 5G is rolled out, video comprises over one half of all network traffic and is predicted to exceed two thirds of all bandwidth by 2020.Read More
IRU 600 v4 was announced 2 months ago and is the newest all indoor radio for the North American market. The latest version offers the ability to utilize true wide channels (up to 80MHz) and high modulations (up to 4096QAM) to transport ultra-high capacities, while retaining the radio’s extra high-power (EHP) amplifier. The IRU 600 v4 builds on the tradition of its industry-leading predecessor, which introduced the EHP and reshaped the way microwave paths were designed; users were finally able to design longer links with higher path reliability while using smaller antennas. Now with the v4, users can also design paths with approximately 3x more capacity than the previous version.Read More
Long-Haul Trunking is a subset of the broader microwave market focused on solutions optimized for high capacity, long distance transmission operating in lower (less than 13 GHz) frequency bands, as an alternative to fiber. Traditionally, this segment has been composed of products in two categories, All-Indoor Trunking or Split-Mount Trunking.Read More
4G transport options are tied to base station functionality and operator’s deployment scenarios. Traditional base stations are decentralized and have relatively low capacity and latency requirements. Although there are many scenarios were traditional base stations are desirable, operators are looking at ways to reduce costs and optimize performance. As the RAN is evolving to become greener and more profitable in many cases Ethernet alone does not meet RAN evolution.Read More
Public Safety networks are changing and becoming more advanced in terms of applications and services that are required by its users. Networks that were initially deployed to carry low capacity voice circuits are now faced with the challenges of being increasingly adaptive, elastic and intelligent to accommodate the constantly evolving traffic it carries.Read More