MWC 2013: BridgeWave unveils latest millimetre wave 4G backhaul solution

Flex4G product leverages proprietary Silicon Germanium technology to deliver best in class RF performance at total cost of ownership on par with lower frequency microwave counterparts

MWC 2013: BridgeWave unveils latest millimetre wave 4G backhaul solution

BridgeWave Communications, the provider of 4G millimeter wave backhaul solutions, has announced the launch of Flex4G ahead of Mobile World Congress. Flex4G is the newest product in its family of high-capacity, multi-gigabit wireless solutions for backhaul of next-generation networks. 

Flex4G builds on BridgeWave’s extensive experience with millimeter wave solutions by providing a highly integrated platform with advanced features that allow operators to minimize their total cost of ownership (TCO).

Earlier this month, Cisco released an update to its Visual Networking Index, Global Mobile Traffic Forecast Update 2012– 2017. Mobile data traffic is forecasted to grow 13-fold between 2012 and 2017, a CAGR of 66%, and mobile traffic will reach 11.2 exabytes per month by 2017. 

As next generation LTE networks evolve, a backhaul solution is needed that provides carriers with the lowest TCO, while maintaining flexibility and scalability to meet these exploding data traffic demands.

Flex4G’s exclusive Silicon Germanium RF technology enables high power operation, while the level of integration yields exceptional reliability, according to the company. 

BridgeWave’s advanced digital signal processing technology used in Flex4G provide line-rate, full-duplex 1Gbps in an ETSI-standard, single 250MHz channel using only 32QAM modulation, with improved link budgets compared to other solutions using 64QAM.

Through its built-in low-latency switch, Flex4G enables Carrier-Ethernet functionality with flexible quality of service, VLAN awareness, provider bridging, congestion management and ring protection. Carrier-Ethernet capabilities are further enhanced by comprehensive Ethernet OAM management and advanced timing through support of SyncE and 1588v2.

‘Bargaining power of MNOs puts a lot of pressure on selling prices for any kind of network equipment,’ said Esteban Monturus, backhaul market analyst at Maravedis-Rethink. ‘This fact is especially important for the relatively young millimeter wave market, which addresses similar use cases to the more mature microwave backhaul industry. 

‘Millimeter vendors replacing discrete components by high-performance RF chipsets get valuable cost advantage which enables them to compete head-to-head with microwave technology in the last mile. Broader millimeter spectrum availability and lower spectrum license cost compared to microwave can thus be fully leveraged,’ said Monturus.

‘The holy grail in MMW backhaul has been the combination of high capacity in a lightly utilized and licensed frequency band with a cost structure comparable to that of traditional microwave products,’ said Amir Makleff, president and CEO of BridgeWave Communications. ‘Flex4G achieves this mission based on BridgeWave’s highly integrated Silicon Germanium, mQFN packaging and digital signal processing technologies.’

BridgeWave will be at Mobile World Congress, 25-28 February 2013 in Hall 2 Stand 2MR244.

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