MWC 2014 Preview: Tarana unveils 1.5Gb capacity wireless transport breakthrough

Carrier class solution enables all links to operate simultaneously at full Capacity in a single channel for high spectral efficiency; provides dedicated 250Mbps non-line of sight links

MWC 2014 Preview: Tarana unveils 1.5Gb capacity wireless transport breakthrough

Tarana Wireless has launched its AbsoluteAir 2 (AA 2) product line - a true non-line-of-sight (T-NLoS) wireless transport solution, which it claims provides ‘unmatched deterministic performance’. 

Operating in the sub-6 GHz bands, AA 2 extends Tarana’s concentrated multipoint (CMP) topology with support for up to six dedicated 250Mbps NLoS links and an aggregate capacity of 1.5 Gbps. 

All links operate at full capacity in a single 25MHz radio channel, yielding what the company states is unrivalled spectral efficiency of 60 bps/Hz. The company said that while others claim NLoS support, ‘only Tarana delivers real-world performance, zero touch provisioning and operation, and scalability without compromise’.

Space-Time Adaptive Radio technology

The performance of Tarana’s AbsoluteAir solution is driven by the company’s patent-pending technologies. Tarana’s Space-Time Adaptive Radio (STAR) incorporates a range of advanced signal processing and dynamic adaptation techniques that maximize spectral reuse, cancel RF interference, and leverage multipath to deliver high capacity T-NLoS links. 

STAR’s precise signal control enables Tarana’s CMP design, a single-hop star topology.  This uniquely delivers fully dedicated and committed capacity per link and like a network switch, scales linearly as additional links are added – unlike competitive products that split bandwidth among all the links, according to the company. 

By combining deterministic performance and T-NLoS performance, Tarana said it sets a whole new benchmark for low infrastructure and operating costs in a range of wireless transport applications. A recent Heavy Reading white paper, “True NLoS is Critical for Outdoor Urban Small Cell Backhaul,” provides additional detail.

Tarana added that it has been proven as unbreakable and unrivalled in successful commercial deployments and field tests by Tier 1 carriers. In a 31-site field trial in lower Manhattan, Tarana demonstrated full-capacity performance on NLoS links blocked by many buildings, trees, moving vehicles, and other obstructions, at distances ranging from several hundred meters up to 3km – locations where it said other approaches had failed. In fact, a Tier 1 carrier commented, “this product is magic!” (For more on this see story here).

“I have seen Tarana’s field demo in Berkeley, California, including the delivery of full-capacity operation over NLoS, nLoS, and LOS links,” stated Peter Jarich, VP Consumer and Infrastructure at Current Analysis. 

“With fully blocked links of more than 2 kilometers – amidst multiple urban structures as well as moving vehicles – Tarana’s AbsoluteAir dynamically adjusted to the environment keeping co-channel links operating without degradation. As carriers go forward in deploying 4G LTE small cells, these capabilities will be essential.”

AbsoluteAir includes a range of critical features for successful high capacity wireless transport rollouts.

Tarana Universal Frequency Reuse technology enables scalability across metro areas, from sparse to dense deployments, with no degradation in capacity while making maximum use of a single frequency channel. As a result, it eliminates time-consuming RF frequency planning both initially and during ongoing operation as the network is expanded.

Tarana Self-Organizing Network (T-SON) enables links to connect and continuously self-adapt to the time varying RF environment. Tarana uniquely incorporates self-aligning antennas on both ends of each link for zero-touch setup and operation.

No-limits Siting Agility enables deployment of Tarana AbsoluteAir anywhere power is accessible, dramatically reducing real estate costs and accelerating time to deployment.

As a universal wireless transport, AbsoluteAir has the flexibility to be deployed for a range of high capacity backhaul applications that share a common set of requirements for extremely high capacity, real estate flexibility, deterministic T-NLoS, spectral efficiency, low latency, fast deployment and zero-touch operation, and low total cost of ownership. 

Applications for AbsoluteAir include small-cell backhaul, last mile fibre extension, fixed wireless access, back-up connectivity, tactical mobile operations, utilities, and public safety.

“Tarana’s AbsoluteAir 2 is built upon our breakthrough STAR technology,” said Steve Sifferman, president and CEO of Tarana Wireless. “This second generation product dramatically increases network capacity and scalability, enables more applications and further reduces total cost of ownership. Tarana’s STAR is an extensible architecture designed for nearly limitless scalability to meet carriers’ ever expanding market demands.”

Product Portfolio

The Tarana AA 2 system includes the AA 2 End Node (EN) that provides a single 250 Mbps wireless link, and the AA 2 Concentrator Node (CN) that aggregates up to 6 links and 1.5 Gbps capacity. 

The EN and CN support licensed and unlicensed TDD bands up to 25MHz and from 2.3-5.8 GHz; integrate MEF compliant carrier Ethernet switch; support industry standard 1588v2 and SyncE. The ENs can operate as part of the CMP or in a point-to-point topology.  

The Tarana AbsoluteAir Element Management System (EMS) is a web-based graphical user interface used for configuration and management of all Tarana AbsoluteAir solutions. Product availability of the AA 2 will be in the second half of this year.

Tarana will unveil its AbsoluteAir 2 Universal Wireless Transport solution at the upcoming 2014 Mobile World Congress, 24-27 February in Barcelona, Spain (Stand 6K21).


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