Fastback Networks provides mobile backhaul in NYC for Pope’s visit

Fastback equipment used to carry Tier 1 operator traffic, which delivered 100% up-time and averaged 800 to 900Mbps performance in obstructed line of sight (oLOS) and complete non line of sight (NLOS) conditions

Fastback Networks provides mobile backhaul in NYC for Pope’s visit

Fastback Networks said that its Intelligent Backhaul Radio (IBR) was deployed for a Tier 1 mobile network operator to provide the temporary wireless backhaul, which helped enable the provision of high capacity mobile services in New York City during of the visit of Pope Francis and the Global Citizen Concert events held from 24-26 September 2015.

Deployed by the wireless infrastructure services company AMP Communications to carry Tier 1 operator traffic, the Fastback IBR delivered 100% up-time across its five-day deployment, averaging 800 to 900Mbps performance in obstructed line of sight (oLOS) and complete non line of sight (NLOS) conditions, making possible service for the event attendees in previously unreachable locations.

AMP Communications was engaged by a Tier 1 operator to support the deployments and solve backhaul problems hampering service in diverse locations across the city. From the Global Citizen concert in Central Park, to Pope Francis events at Central Park, the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan and at Madison Square Garden, AMP designed and installed temporary infrastructure to provide quality service for the huge surge beyond typical mobile traffic.

“The IBR brought a completely new level of capacity and versatility to temporary service and Cell (Site) on Wheels (CoW) deployments. For these events, the demands placed on the mobile network for high capacity and pervasive service far exceeded the available capacity and Line of Sight limitations of legacy solutions,” said Robert Maxwell, project manager for AMP Communications.

“The IBR made fast work of both challenges, delivering a 4 x leap in capacity across both LOS and NLOS under heavy interference conditions. Plus, the ability to do quick-turn installations with the IBR makes it well-suited to the common constraints of temporary service set-ups.”

The Fastback system provides a versatile, easy to deploy radio with a full CE switch. By utilising the IBR Predict network planning tool, the installation team was able to determine the optimal donor sites within 30 minutes, a huge benefit for these deployments, with numerous schedule changes, limited access and other time constraints.

The IBR also proved its versatility in solving port and capacity limitations at two locations, where the IBR was deployed to utilise its MEF certified Carrier Ethernet switching capabilities over fibre.

“The versatility and power of the IBR represent a leap forward in radio technology,” said Stuart Broome, chief sales & marketing officer, Fastback Networks. “Both permanent and temporary mobile infrastructure providers are turning to the IBR to quickly scale wireless capacity and transform the economics of delivering mobile service anywhere.”

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