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August 2008

Have you blogged yet?

The Backhaul blog

Have you visited our new blog? CBNL have recently launched ‘the backhaul blog’ to spur debate on backhaul in the telecoms industry.

The blog creates forum to discuss issues and opportunities around all forms of backhaul. If you’d like to comment or write your own article, visit the blog at

Our point of view

Lance Hiley
Reflections on the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN)
Cambridge Broadband Networks recently attended the 2nd Industry Conference of the global Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) that outlined the key success factors for the next generation of mobile networks and services. Representatives of more than 120 companies and organisations attended the speeches, panel sessions and vendor demonstrations. The event not only provided an in-depth look at achievements of the NGMN Alliance but also marked a milestone on the way towards a new era of mobile broadband communications.
What interested us in particular was the focus the conference had on backhaul issues. It is fair to say all of the speakers that addressed technical topics mentioned backhaul at some point. The technical backhaul wish-list at the ngmn is extensive: members are looking for solutions that can halve their backhaul traffic costs (expenses) every two years, backhaul networks that are ‘self-organising’ and ‘self-optimising’ as well as having low latency, be spectrum efficient, extend QoS and reuse existing assets where possible. In other words, backhaul solutions that deliver a ‘step-change’ in performance and overall cost reduction.
A pretty big wish list!
At Cambridge Broadband Networks these aspirations are not foreign to us: VectaStar already pushes optimisation and prioritisation options to the network edge and the Point-to-Multipoint architecture is significantly more spectrally efficient than other microwave options. Add to that an over-the-air protocol that is optimised for statistical multiplexing of packet data traffic and the inherent simplification that results from 50% less hardware and it occurs to us that VectaStar customers are already experiencing next generation backhaul today. For VectaStar customers, new Radio Access Technologies like LTE and WiMAX may be revolutionary but the resulting investment backhaul is evolutionary!

VectaStar Network Management System (VNMS)

Development work on the VNMS continues to progress well. The VNMS will be supplied to customers as a complete hardware and software solution and will provide an enhanced range of features to enable customers to configure, monitor and manage their VectaStar network from a single location.

It will provide a full status overview of all VectaStar network elements and provide consolidated alarm and performance monitoring.

The key features include the ability to gather and graphically display long-term statistics, including sector capacity, automated back-up, a centralised alarm database, report generation and a northbound interface. Overall, the system will provide a centralised architecture offering faster provisioning and help to reduce OPEX.

In August, we will demonstrate an early version of the VNMS at the Carrier Ethernet World ‘Hot Staging’ event in Berlin.

RF Planning and EDX Vendor Partner Program

We have recently selected EDX SignalPro software to use for in-house network design and planning. The tools will primarily be used by the Sales Support Engineers when responding to RFPs and specific customer requests.

EDX network design tools are some of the most widely used engineering software products for designing wireless communications networks, including wireless broadband, WiMAX, LTE, WiFi, public safety, and other mobile wireless systems. The tools were used by WiConnect to plan the VectaStar network for Mobily.

It is envisaged that the use of SignalPro will give us a greater understanding of the planning issues facing current and prospective customers and enhance our ability to provide competitive solutions.

In addition to selecting the SignalPro software, we have joined EDX’s Vendor Partner Program. The program offers a number of benefits, the most significant being the ability to incorporate VectaStar specific data in future versions of SignalPro.

Network designers will be able to select VectaStar equipment from the range of templates provided in the software. This integration will improve design efficiency by making equipment placement quick, accurate, and consistent for network design engineers using the EDX propagation modeling tools.

Read the EDX press release


September 2008

Carrier Ethernet World Congress (CEWC) 2008
22 – 26 September 2008, Berlin, Germany
Cambridge Broadband Networks are participating in the multi-vendor Interoperability showcase organised by the European Advanced Networking test Centre (EANTC) at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress (CEWC) 2008.
More than 25 vendors will be showcasing an Interoperability Carrier network supporting MEF defined business services, residential triple play services, and mobile backhaul solutions.

October 2008

WiMAX 2008
15 – 16 October 2008, London, UK
In October this year, Cambridge Broadband Networks’ VP of Market Strategy, Lance Hiley will be speaking at WiMAX London 2008.
WiMAX London 2008, a well established annual conference organised by the IET Communications Technical and Professional Network. In this years’ conference, delegates will get to grips with the real opportunities of WiMAX and the latest and in progress deployment plans from the UK’s major buyers

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