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.
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Martyn Warwick from Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, on the growth of wireless backhaul transmission traffic. As mobile operators ramp up 3G and begin to transition to 4G, Kissner says that microwave backhaul is well positioned to service data and voice communications traffic needs for the foreseeable future.Read More
I must have counted nearly 30 vendors during the opening day at Mobile World Congress this year who are promoting some form of wireless backhaul solution. It seems like instead of consolidating the market it continues to expand and fragment like never before. Ten or 15 years ago I thought that the market could not support 20 vendors, but now things are hotter than ever.
There are the big guys (Ericsson, NSN, Huawei, Alcatel Lucent and NEC), the independent point-to-point (PTP) microwave providers like Ceragon (newly merged with Nera) and SIAE from Italy (part of the STM Group), to a myriad of small guys from all over the world. And then there are the other wanna-be backhaul solutions, like point-to-multipoint (PMP), free space optics (FSO), mesh, E-Band, etc.
There are also a slew of new products announced and on display (including two from Aviat Networks), including Ericsson, Ceragon, Trango, Comba and NEC. A lot of these new products are IP based and primarily all-outdoor, reflecting the ongoing trend in the industry for ‘zero footprint’, packet microwave systems for new 4G/LTE base station deployments.
With all of these players and products coming to market each year at Mobile World Congress it’s a must see event and I can’t wait for the next few days to unfold.
Director of Marketing, Aviat Networks
There is an old saying in some places with words to the effect that “the future is now.” We believe the future of mobile backhaul is microwave and that future is now. At the risk of stretching the point of a seeming paradox, let us explain. The focal point for much of Mobile World Congress 2011 will be on Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G cellular services.
Even with all the hype for LTE, its demand on the backhaul network will probably not exceed 200Mbps, and it will likely settle somewhere in the range of 150Mbps to 200Mbps for the typical LTE macro cell site. This figure is well within the throughput capabilities of modern IP/Ethernet microwave backhaul radios. We will be explaining more about this at our MWC courtyard pavilion #CY08 in the Fira de Barcelona during the week.
For a more detailed look at what Aviat Networks has planned for the week, let us elaborate. Aviat Network presenters will outline the company’s vision for the future of backhaul networks, focusing on the key challenges faced by mobile service providers around the world including:
1. 4G/LTE Backhaul—A Dose of Reality. The requirements for 4G/LTE backhaul capacity are being overhyped, leading to operators wasting potentially billions of dollars by running fiber to cell sites. Understand how microwave is exceeding the true backhaul capacity needs of 4G/LTE with high reliability—and much more cost effectively.
2. Simplifying Mobile Backhaul Evolution. The evolution of mobile network infrastructure to all-IP is potentially risky and complex, giving operators many confusing options. Learn how Aviat Networks is developing solutions that will help simplify and lower the cost of this evolution.
3. Small Cell Backhaul—Challenges and Opportunities. There is a growing consensus in the industry that operators will need to deploy a new “underlay” network of small, micro-base stations to provide the needed capacity and coverage for 4G. Find out how microwave is uniquely positioned to provide the backhaul for this new class of base stations.
In addition, you can see the latest Aviat Networks microwave solutions, which we will be introducing in person at MWC:
4. Aviat WTM 3000. A fully functional Carrier Ethernet transport node in a true zero-footprint package, the WTM 3000 includes for the first time advanced radio, modem and Ethernet networking functions all in a compact outdoor unit, unlike other “all-outdoor” packet radios that require an indoor unit or a separate switch/router to provide important networking advanced radio features.
5. Eclipse IDU GE3. 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. The Eclipse IDU GE3 enables the deployment of cost-effective wireless tail-end cell-site connections and standalone point-to-point links.
6. Eclipse DAC GE3. A new plug-in interface module for the Eclipse Packet Node platform, theDAC GE3 provides the most advanced Carrier Ethernet switch subsystem available in microwave backhaul today. Featuring higher capacity and an impressive breadth of new capabilities, this third-generation design sets a new benchmark for resilient wireless access and aggregation networks.
For more information visit our booth at Mobile World Congress or our website Aviat Networks.Read More