Perseus uses Fastback NLOS wireless backhaul in Manhattan

Fastback Networks’ Intelligent Backhaul Radio product used to extend existing fibre services into congested area of New York for financial services company

Perseus uses Fastback NLOS wireless backhaul in Manhattan

Non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless backhaul technology from Fastback Networks has been deployed by managed services connectivity provider Perseus in New York. Fastback’s Intelligent Backhaul Radio (IBR) is being used to extend fibre-based services via wireless connectivity to a top financial services firm.

The site location in lower Manhattan meant that NLOS technology was needed to get around the mass of buildings obstructing the wireless signals. Fastback reports that with 760Mbps aggregate throughput in NLOS, the Perseus’ IBR deployment is delivering fibre-equivalent performance and reliability to fully meet SLAs in conditions not normally conducive to wireless.

“The Fastback IBR is a perfect option for fibre extension applications where fibre is not available or economically viable, and where traditional microwave solutions would not make the grade in terms of performance, reliability and cost effectiveness,” said Andrew Kusminsky, COO & CSO, Perseus. “This gives us the ability to serve customers across a variety of industries with a product and technology that's quick, efficient, and inexpensive to deploy anywhere in the world.”

“Reliable, high capacity connectivity is the lifeline for organisations in financial services, and essential industries like energy and transportation, healthcare, education and entertainment,” said Kevin J. Duffy, CEO & Co-founder, Fastback Networks. “As Perseus has demonstrated, the Fastback IBR enables extension of high speed wireless connectivity services to more locations with greater certainty. This makes the IBR ideal for extending or providing backup for commercial services.”

Key aspects of the deployment include:
Immediate wireless deployment: Perseus was able to replace the client’s fibre connection with an equivalent carrier-grade wireless Ethernet connection within a day, with two Fastback IBR units mounted, auto-aligned and self-synchronized inside of one hour. With the IBR, there is no need for time-consuming frequency planning or laborious manual alignment.

Reliable high performance in NLOS: The IBR delivered a carrier-grade 760Mbps aggregate performance and reliability for the Perseus client in complete NLOS conditions. The deployment also benefited from the IBR’s industry leading low latency (‹500 μsec).

Impervious to interference: The IBR is highly tolerant to the reflective environments and high levels of interference typically found in downtown areas. The IBR’s interference mitigation features dynamically self-adjust to the best available frequencies via advanced signal processing techniques, with no need for manual readjustments.

Additional IBR advantages accruing to Perseus include a single wireless connectivity device for Any Line of Sight (AnyLOS) conditions, install-and-forget operation, easy over-the-air upgrades, low capital cost, and reduced labour expenses over the deployment lifecycle. The solution can also be quickly and easily deployed in a cost-effective manner among any of the clients Perseus has around the globe.

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