Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) has announced the launch of its VectaStar Metro products, which provides a carrier-grade backhaul solution for small cell networks.
The product is fully compatible with CBNL’s VectaStar Gigabit macro backhaul platform, thereby providing mobile operators with a complete network backhaul solution. It can also be used in conjunction with existing microwave or fibre networks.
VectaStar Metro is designed to be a highly efficient and scalable solution in a compact and discreet form factor with an integrated antenna. The company says it can be quickly and easily fixed to walls, lampposts or street signage with minimal set-up requirements.
It can deliver a high capacity of 300Mbps into each small cell sector and up to 2.4Gb per hub site. VectaStar Metro aggregates cell site traffic to improve spectral efficiency by 40% compared with point-to-point systems. Its multipoint microwave technology has also been independently proven to provide total cost of ownership savings of up to 54% (data from Senza Fili – 2011 Crucial economics for mobile data backhaul) over other forms of small cell backhaul.
Dr John Naylon, CTO at CBNL, said: ‘VectaStar Metro is a significant development for operators designing and building small cell networks. We’ve taken the core of our leading multipoint microwave backhaul technology and optimised it for street level development. With a compact and unobtrusive design, it is ideal for delivering high performance upgrades to existing backhaul infrastructures or as a standalone small cell solution.’
CBNL can be found in Hall 6, Stand 6A63 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (25-28 February 2013).