DragonWave, the Canada-based supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today (11 march 2013) announced a product addition to its portfolio with the introduction of the Harmony Radio Lite.
Harmony Radio Lite is specifically tailored to provide reliable and affordable connectivity to vertical markets, such as public safety, education, healthcare, oil and gas organizations and utilities, as well support growing mobile backhaul demand in rural and suburban communities.
With a form factor of only 7.5 in square including antenna, the sub-6 GHz point-to-point microwave radio supports both licensed and unlicensed spectrum and is ideally suited for non-line-of-sight (NLoS) scenarios where obstructions are found between link endpoints.
The unit offers full scalability and is designed within rugged outdoor specifications to ensure reliable performance and longevity in the field. The Harmony Radio Lite is a single, all-outdoor unit and includes standard Ethernet interfaces and an integrated antenna, making it easy to install and bring online.
With DragonWave’s comprehensive network management system, the Harmony Radio Lite can easily be configured and monitored remotely, helping lead to a quick return-on-investment for operators. Streamlined functionality is further complimented by low power consumption (under 15W), PoE compatibility, reduced cabling requirements and low delay.
Synchronization through 1588v2 and SynchE eliminates the need for an external synchronization source. The high capacity and low latency capabilities of the Harmony Radio Lite make it one of the first LTE-ready NLoS systems.
Harmony Radio Lite links can be deployed using a tree topology, with macrocell traffic aggregation points on rooftops, or with tail, chain or small hub microsites at street level, which reduces interference and offers more flexible network connectivity, as well as simplifying network expansion and helping to ensure protected network architectures.
‘DragonWave clearly understands what’s needed to provide cost-effective connectivity for utilities, enterprises and rural municipalities and communities,’ said Richard Webb, directing analyst of Infonetics Research. ‘By offering an affordable and easily deployed solution such as the Harmony Radio Lite, verticals and rural deployments can more easily be supported and enhanced utilizing a radio that has extremely notable low latency performance and reliability, while also saving on costs by utilizing unlicensed sub-6 GHz spectrum.’
Peter Allen, CEO, DragonWave, said: ‘Addressing vertical markets and a growing demand for rural and suburban backhaul has driven our product strategy with the introduction of the Harmony Radio Lite. The value proposition customers seek is Quality of Service assurance, affordability and ease of deployment and management of the network – we’re confident the Harmony Radio Lite raises the bar by bringing the lowest cost per bit with uncompromised performance.’
DragonWave will be showcasing the Harmony Lite at IWCE, 13-14 March in Las Vegas, Nevada, booth #2322.