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Exalt Intros ExtendAir Microwave Backhaul Systems

March 25, 2010

Exalt Intros ExtendAir Microwave Backhaul Systems



By Raja Singh Chaudhary
TMCnet Contributor



Exalt (News - Alert) Communications, a provider of next-generation microwave backhaul systems whose customers include service providers, government organizations and enterprises, has announced to introduce ExtendAir zero-footprint Fast Ethernet and native TDM licensed microwave backhaul systems, which have been optimized for next generation LTE backhaul networks and metro area applications including WiMAX (News - Alert), Wi-Fi and IP backhaul.


The new systems provide the lowest cost per megabit-mile, or “CPMM,” of any radio system in their class, slashing deployment and sparing costs for mobile operators, Wireless Internet Service Providers, or “WISPs,” and enterprises requiring licensed-band links of up to 100 Mbps native Ethernet and native TDM. The prices for the components begin at $7,990 per link.

With the launch, Exalt has tried to bring true and affordable carrier-class performance, reliability and security to every link in the backhaul network apart from providing a wide portfolio of zero-footprint high-performance microwave radio systems.

According to Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications, the ExtendAir platform breaks new ground in licensed microwave backhaul for all last mile applications, offering network designers a highly reliable, secure alternative to fiber and leased lines at an unheard of cost per megabit-mile.

For mobile operators, who are under severe pressure to support increasing data use against flat subscriber revenue, this results in a lower cost-per-bit while for WISPs, who are fighting for market share against larger network operators, it results in a lower cost to compete, Zoufonoun said. Additionally, for enterprises who are struggling with the transition from legacy voice-based systems to IP, it results in a less expensive and easier network migration.

The ExtendAir platform delivers the 'five-nines' availability to the operators and instantly upgrades leased lines and legacy ‘Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy’ or ‘PDH’ systems to 100 Mbps full duplex Ethernet plus 4xT1/E1, and enables simultaneous backhaul to existing 2G and newer, co-located 3G and 4G/LTE (News - Alert) nodes without the need for separate transmission infrastructures.

It supports VoIP, video and Web 2.0, and offers zero-footprint, compact and lightweight ExtendAir systems that enable ExtendAir to be deployed on towers quickly and easily, so that a single radio can be used to spare the entire band at either end of the link. The platform also makes it possible for enterprises to make smooth transition to microcells and picocells at the network edge, as cell sites are split to accommodate growing data demand.

In March 2010, Exalt Communications announced that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has deployed its microwave backhaul systems to support video surveillance for unstaffed lookout towers in El Dorado County. The application allows California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection dispatchers in the Camino Interagency Command Center to gather additional information quickly and dispatch appropriate resources.


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

Edited by Kelly McGuire
 
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