Towerstream chooses Siklu small cells for Gigabit wireless backhaul

4G and small cell rooftop tower company, Towerstream, has chosen Siklu’s gigabit wireless backhaul for its fixed wireless and small cell locations

Towerstream chooses Siklu small cells for Gigabit wireless backhaul

Towerstream, the 4G and small cell rooftop tower company, has selected Siklu gigabit small cells for the wireless backhaul of its fixed wireless and small cell locations.

According to Siklu, Towerstream chose its systems because they offer reliable high throughput and simple and fast deployments in dense urban areas, delivering an effective cost per megabit solution.

Towerstream is leveraging its fixed wireless networks to provide wireless broadband and small cell infrastructure capabilities in 12 of the largest US markets. As the company continues to expand its networks, it requires reliable high-capacity backhaul to satisfy its customers' needs. The challenge for Towerstream was selecting a technology to support its throughput and reliability requirements.

The company chose Siklu’s EtherHaul-1200 E-band radio, for its reliable, future-proof gigabit throughput.

“Siklu’s technology is a great fit where traditional common carrier path frequencies are saturated. The millimeter wave spectrum has particularly favourable characteristics for city deployments,” said Arthur Giftakis, VP of engineering and network operations at Towerstream.  

In addition, Towerstream benefited from the easy and fast installation features of the EtherHaul radio. It operates over the lightly licensed E-band spectrum, with the advantages of rapid registration and low licensing fees. The radios' small profile satisfies building owner requirements while allowing for quick installation.

“Siklu offered the reliability and capacity we needed,” added Giftakis, noting that Towerstream has so far installed dozens of EtherHaul radios in its rooftop network, in various locations (pictured above – a New York rooftop location).

“We’re impressed with how robust the Siklu units are,” said David Rumore of systems integrator Future Technologies. “We’re seeing excellent performance even in adverse weather.”

“The EtherHaul radios are based on proprietary advanced all-silicon integration, which greatly increases reliability. It also allows us to reduce costs so that we can deliver an unbeatable price per megabit," explained Ilan Moshe, general manager of Siklu’s North American operations.

“We are happy to be part of Towerstream's rapid network growth with our E-band product lines as well as our street-level connectivity product, the EtherHaul-600T, which operates in the unlicensed 60GHz band,” said Moshe.

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