MWC 2014 Preview: DragonWave introduces Harmony Eband radio

Company’s newest radio system targets 70-80GHz spectrum, offering a cost effective, extended reach solution for fronthaul, macro backhaul and small cell deployments

MWC 2014 Preview: DragonWave introduces Harmony Eband radio

DragonWave, the supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, has expanded its product portfolio with the introduction of the Harmony Eband, a compact, lightweight radio that operates in the 70-80GHz spectrum with low-energy consumption.

The Harmony Eband provides an enhanced option for mobile backhaul markets, providing reach comparable at 23-38GHz, higher capacity and a lower OPEX expansion solution. 

The company said it is also ideally suited for urban and small cell deployments, and comes equipped with multiple ports and a proprietary mechanical design for self-weatherisation that simplifies installation and saves on deployment cost. 

With its integrated switch, Harmony Eband delivers a complete, all-outdoor solution and delivers the industry’s first uncompressed CPRI (common public radio interface) transport mode that enables wireless fronthaul.

“Clearly DragonWave has a strong understanding that as networks evolve, a range of solutions is needed to meet all contingencies,” said Richard Webb, directing analyst, wireless for Infonetics Research.

“The Harmony Eband operating in the 70-80GHz spectrum offers operators an opportunity to utilize a large and generally untapped and affordable source of spectrum, helping them lower their OPEX and giving them more options to build out the most efficient and well-planned networks for today and the future.”

Harmony Eband allows operators to tap into readily available spectrum that is generally available at a lower cost and more lightly licensed than lower frequency spectrum. Equipped with a number of features that increase spectral efficiency and that extend the radio’s reach, Harmony Eband also includes extensive networking capabilities compliant with the latest Carrier Ethernet standards.

Harmony Eband’s industry leading performance is demonstrated by operation up to 64 QAM to achieve throughput of 2.6 Gbps full duplex in 500MHz mode. Spectral efficiency is further enhanced by DragonWave’s Bandwidth Accelerator+, which delivers capacity of up to 4 Gbps. 

In addition, Harmony Eband features the DragonWave Reach Extender, leveraging Waveform and Modulation Adaptivity (WMA) and MIMO to extend the radio’s reach and deliver 3-7 KM links with high availability. With an ultra-low delay mode and its CPRI interface, the Harmony Eband radio also supports fronthaul applications.

“The Harmony Eband truly rounds out the DragonWave product portfolio and its addition allows operators a product choice addressing nearly every possible spectrum, while also providing long-term viability and easy redeployment options in evolving network environments,” said Greg Friesen, vice president, product management, DragonWave.

“Because it meets the capacity and latency requirements required to support fronthaul, macro backhaul and small cell aggregation, and is LTE synchronization ready, we view the Harmony Eband as an extremely viable and cost effective transport option for today’s networks, with future-proof capabilities that will carry over to support tomorrow’s networks, as well.”

See Harmony Eband on display at Mobile World Congress in DragonWave Stand Hall 7, #7E12, 24-27 February 2014.

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