Touted as a provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks, DragonWave caters to service providers, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations in order to the meet their increasing bandwidth demands in the shortest amount of time possible, and at a cost-effective price.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario and with customers in over 80 countries, recently TMCnet had the chance to speak with Erik Boch (News - Alert), CTO and vice president of Engineering at the company about popular trends he saw that significantly increased this year, acquisitions it completed during 2012, and what is in store for 2013.
One key development in the cellular backhaul wireless technology space this year was the availability of gigabit radio technology. According to Boch, “Although 60 GHz and 70/80 GHz can achieve these data rates, the technology advances needed to achieve gigabit throughputs across common carrier microwave are recent. Utilizing 2048 QAM in conjunction with bulk data compression now enables the gigabit rates that make wireless backhaul on par with low-cost Gigabit fiber-optic backhaul.”
As the industry is continuing to grow due to trends such as mobility, DragonWave (News - Alert) has noticed that currently the use of smartphones and mobile devices continues to drive a capacity demand for mobile backhaul that can only be comprehensively addressed with the deployment of underlying small cell networks at the street level. In fact, current demonstrations of micro-cellular backhaul have established the viability of small cells and their adoption as the best overall solution to meet growing capacity demand.
Looking back at highlights of achievements this past year, one in particular stands out.
“Closing the acquisition of Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens Networks microcellular backhaul business has positioned DragonWave advantageously to provide comprehensive and easily managed wireless backhaul solutions that meet the stringent deployment requirements at street level. Additionally, the company’s product portfolio enhancements and new product announcements, as well as being the first supplier to offer the advantages of 2048 QAM, were pertinent in 2012,” Boch added.
What is the company working on as the New Year rapidly approaches? The business will be focusing heavily upon releasing mobile backhaul solutions that work seamlessly with cell towers as well as working to remain as a global technology leader in microcellular backhaul and expanding its footprint throughout the globe.
As far as predictions go, he forecasts that 2013 will be a pivotal year with a number of initial small cell deployments.
“Many operators have plans to first build-out existing macro-cellular sites, followed by deployments of underlying small/micro-cellular networks. Once the macro-cellular layer is fully optimized, operators will have a clearer picture of capacity demand to drive investment in micro-cellular underlays. What’s most important for carriers is choosing micro-cellular solutions and network design methodologies that provide the scalability and network performance needed to meet capacity demands and ensure reliable service delivery,” Boch concluded.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli