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May 20, 2011

Direct Connect Deploys Exalt Microwave Backhaul Systems to Extend Network

By Nathesh
TMCnet Contributor

Direct Connect, an ISP bringing broadband services to rural Norway, installed microwave backhaul systems from Exalt (News - Alert) Communications to extend its network communities throughout Norway.

Direct Connect asserted that as it built out its subscriber base it was finding a constant need for higher capacity in the network, and the Exalt systems offered pay-as-you-grow scalability for it to add capacity as needed. By investing in its own high-capacity microwave links, Direct Connect can pay for the systems within six months to a year through savings on recurring fiber lease costs. It is also using Exalt systems on network expansion projects to reduce the number of fiber nodes in the network.

Exalt claimed that its systems deployed for Direct Connect help the ISP maintain a 15% annual subscriber growth rate while keeping networking costs at a minimum.

Direct Connect installed Exalt ExtendAir, ExploreAir, and EX systems to connect its community-based customer networks with the core of its network.

ExtendAir is an all-outdoor system that comprises a complete line of entry-level microwave radio systems delivering high-end performance, range capability and data networking and security features available at an affordable price. The ExploreAir microwave backhaul platform tackles diverse network needs with systems that deliver the industry’s highest per carrier throughput in the smallest form factor with the lowest sparing costs. Exalt’s Ex systems include licensed and license-exempt systems offering flexible native Ethernet and native TDM capacity for low, medium and high capacity applications.

Officials with Exalt commented that to build and sustain a profitable business, wireless Internet service providers must right-size their networks and operating costs during every phase of subscriber growth. Exalt makes it possible for customers like Direct Connect to build and own a robust and easy to manage microwave backhaul network that eliminates leased line costs and provides just the right amount of capacity to meet subscriber demand at any given time.

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Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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