Aviat Networks unveils 70-80GHz radio for small and macro cell backhaul

WTM 3300 radio offers up to 1Gbps capacity, while its small form factor and built in antennas means it is easier and cheaper to deploy than traditional all-outdoor Ethernet microwave radios

Aviat Networks unveils 70-80GHz radio for small and macro cell backhaul

Aviat Networks, the microwave networking solutions provider, has announced the release of the Aviat WTM 3300 radio, which it claims is the smallest and lightest 70-80GHz radio on the market, according to research conducted in April 2014.

The company said the WTM 3300 redefines the urban backhaul market because it is purpose-built for deployment in newly "densified" city environments where traditional microwave and typical 70-80GHz radios cannot be installed due to large, highly visible parabolic antennas.

Aviat Networks has already reached agreements with and made initial shipments of WTM 3300 radios to a new mobile operator customer in Central Europe, a new mobile operator customer in Western Europe and to an existing full-line telecom customer in South America.

The visual aesthetic impact on residents of neighbourhoods where the radio is installed will be minimised due to the WTM 3300's small form-factor. This makes the WTM 3300 a truly "community friendly" backhaul radio perfectly suited for installation on lightpoles, sides of buildings and other locations that must adhere to strict city regulations and zoning ordinances, the company said.

"The Aviat WTM 3300 70-80GHz radio offers up to 1Gbps capacity, which makes it ideal for meeting the requirements of even the most stringent urban application," said Ola Gustafsson, Aviat Networks' senior vice president, product and services portfolio management. "WTM 3300 supports this high throughput at one-fifth the weight and one-half the power requirements of traditional all-outdoor Ethernet microwave radios."

With WTM 3300, operators no longer have to purchase separate antennas, eliminating a configuration step and shortening the equipment's installation period. This also contributes to the WTM 3300's lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in comparison to other 70-80GHz radios.

"With small cell deployments beginning in densely populated urban areas, lightweight 70-80GHz backhaul solutions with small form factors and built-in antennas, such as the WTM 3300, can fill a critical need," said Richard Webb, directing analyst at Infonetics. "We are projecting large growth for this market segment."

According to an Infonetics' October 2013 research report, the market for 70-80GHz radios will experience a 61% compound annual growth (CAGR) rate from 2012 to 2017.

Designed for both small cell and macrocell wireless backhaul markets, as well as enterprise broadband connectivity, WTM 3300 meets the cost, compact form-factor and capacity requirements for new, densified urban backhaul environments.


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