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December 08, 2012

TMCnet Wireless Backhaul Week in Review

By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor


While better products and solutions continued to enter the market, the wireless backhaul space was also active with announcements this past week. Besides strategic partnerships, the wireless backhaul sector also saw some collaborative efforts to extend the reach of technology.

To help enterprise users securely address the "bring your own device” (BYOD) movement, while dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs, Aruba Networks (News - Alert) announced a new wireless LAN platform. It is the only wireless LAN platform with the integrated application intelligence and controls to optimize application traffic, said the report.

According to Aruba Networks, Aruba AppRF software runs on the 7200 mobility controller, using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) for Layer 7 insight to identify application traffic.

EnGenius Technologies (News - Alert) announced the availability of affordable long-range outdoor wireless bridge and access point, the ENS200. This innovative high-performance, reasonably-priced 802.11n 2.4 GHz wireless outdoor bridge and access point can provide speeds up to 150 Mbps. 

Some special features of the ENS200 highlighted by this report include a high 400 mW transmit power, fast data speeds, superior wireless coverage, and ruggedized for outdoor application use. It comes wrapped in an IP65-rated waterproof housing for extreme outdoor conditions.

Meanwhile, Altobridge (News - Alert) reported the first successful commercial deployment of its Data-at-the-Edge (DatE) solution at the radio base station level. In reality, the solution, now live over a Tier One wireless network in Asia, was developed as an advanced content delivery solution to enable 40 percent savings in mobile broadband backhaul costs, reported TMCnet contributor Calvin Azuri.

Furthermore, as per the report, the solution can effectively enhance the Quality of Experience (QoE) and can be seamlessly incorporated into the live network.

In other news, iPass Managed Network Services (MNS) inked a new partnership with Aerohive (News - Alert) Networks, a specialist in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled enterprise networking. TMCnet contributor Jyothi Shanbhag reported that this new partnership will enable iPass Managed Network Services to convert Aerohive Wi-Fi technology into a turnkey, fully managed solution for its enterprise customers.

To expand its WLAN footprint, Enterasys (News - Alert) recently enhanced its partner programs as part of the new IdentiFi WLAN solution that provides access points, controllers and management software. The report shows that IdentiFi caters to all important industry needs, including scalability, visibility, security and application performance.

 To handle the expected increase in demand for wireless network during the holidays, a tier-one U.S. carrier deployed Openet’s product ecosystem, including the Openet Policy Manager and Openet Real Time Charging, reported TMCnet contributor Nathesh.

TMCnet contributor Shankar Pandiath reported that Toshiba Corp. has started distributing a smartphone app for "FlashAir," an SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality. According to the report, the app simplifies and enhances wireless data transfer between smartphones and "FlashAir."

In other words, it enables wireless sharing and transfers of photos from digital cameras to smartphones and tablets.  

With the market for tablets booming, it’s not surprising that business for wireless LANs has only been improving over the last year. The Dell’ Oro Group’s latest report on Wireless LAN market shows a 19-percent growth in revenue in the 3rd quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. 

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