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March 2009

‘Clear’ roadmap for sustainable next generation networks

Graham Peel, CEO, Cambridge Broadband Networks, discusses the need for innovation in the backhaul space

Graham Peel

Despite global economic worries, mobile operators are continuing to focus on todays hot topic; LTE. Verizon announced its plans at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, and Vodafone made no less than three technical announcements at the same show.

Looking at what these operators are discussing, its clear that while the next-gen services they are anticipating are important, its the infrastructure ecosystem that is top of mind.

The obvious enthusiasm for LTE from the operators at the show this year was perhaps a bit of a surprise for some who may have thought the focus would be about sweating their assets. Verizon is planning on rolling out an LTE network over two cities by the end of the year; Vodafone made three infrastructure announcements, including its plan to include Ethernet microwave as part of its backhaul strategy. Yet despite this operator eagerness to move forward with planning LTE networks, there was very little in terms of innovative new products and solutions from the backhaul vendor community.

This lack of important product news about how next generation networks will actually be deployed was mirrored by a lack of information about how the backhaul network is going to cope. There appears to be an assumption that theres plenty of fibre in the ground for backhauling the traffic and it will be both available and affordable, yet in the majority of cases this clearly wont be the case. Given the first large-scale LTE deployment is less than 700 days away now, the industry needs to look seriously at its long-term roadmap for sustainable backhaul. Spectrum isnt an infinite resource that will be freely available so new deployments will need to be as spectrally efficient as possible if this new technology is ever to deliver on its promise.

Graham Peel – CEO

Wana, the first to deploy VectaStar Next Generation

Simon Roberts, Regional Sales Manager, North Africa and Europe – Cambridge Broadband Networks, blogs about a dynamic partnership

You may have seen the headlines in the last few weeks, It has also been announced in our most recent press release that Wana is the first to deploy our latest innovation, VectaStar Next Generation.

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North African operator, Wana has been one of our longest standing backhaul customers since they deployed their first VectaStar network in 2006. Since our partnership with Wana began, its network has quickly developed. Driven by Wanas ambitious network plans, CBNL has been quick to respond with the latest innovations, consistently raising the bar for microwave PMP technology.

Wana now holds the 3rd largest market share in Morocco, with a growing customer base of 1.5 million and, in keeping with this propensity to stay ahead of the game in backhaul evolution, Wana are now the first of our customers to build a VectaStar Next Generation backhaul network.

The new VectaStar equipment that Wana have purchased operates at 26GHz, exceeding the performance and flexibility levels the company needs to build a mobile broadband backhaul network that is both cost-effective and future-proof; essential requirements in these uncertain times.

Using VectaStar Next Generation, Wana will be able to increase the performance of its backhaul network and support the introduction of mobile broadband services. We expect to continue to see great things from Wana, as work together to achieve leading LTE networks and beyond.

Read more blog articles like this at the backhaul blog

VectaStar Next Generation: Explained

Learn about our next generation product

Since its launch in February at the Mobile World Congress, we have been inundated with requests from customers to find out more about our new innovation, VectaStar Next Generation

Learn about VSNG

Last month Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited released the latest evolution of its VectaStar platform, VectaStar Next Generation. The new product is the worlds highest performance point-to-multipoint (PMP) microwave platform and gives operators unprecedented flexibility to build sustainable IP backhaul solutions for their current and future mobile broadband networks. VectaStar is a mature IP Backhaul solution for cellular networks, having been deployed as a 3G IP RAN backhaul solution since 2003.

  • Contributes to significant savings of CAPEX and OPEX
  • VectaStar is now the worlds highest performance PMP microwave platform
  • Dynamically allocates bandwidth, improving QoS and reducing bottlenecks
  • It gives operators unprecedented flexibility to build sustainable IP backhaul solutions

Cambridge Broadband Networks has been working with its customers since the introduction of mobile broadband to build flexible backhaul networks, delivering innovations that have enabled its customers to seize opportunities and turn them into competitive advantages. These innovations included the deployment of first all-IP backhaul network in 2003, integration of Abis optimisation in 2005, implementation of statistical multiplexing over-the-air on a PMP HSPA backhaul network in 2007, and now announcing the highest throughput PMP microwave solution to date with the capacity to backhaul a network of 20MHz, 2x2 MIMO LTE Basestations.

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