CBNL and Straight Path to offer 39GHz licensed PMP small cells to US cities

CBNL to move into millimetre wave technology by developing a new 39GHz platform that will be complemented by Straight Path’s US nationwide 39GHz holdings; partnership will offer US carriers a combined product/spectrum solution for licensed point-to-multipoint backhaul and enterprise access

CBNL and Straight Path to offer 39GHz licensed PMP small cells to US cities

UK small cell access and backhaul provider Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) has announced an agreement with Straight Path Communications, a US communications asset company, to launch a combined 39GHz product/spectrum solution for carrier-grade wireless backhaul and enterprise access.

The agreement will combine Straight Path’s nationwide 39GHz spectrum assets, which cover each of the 175 licensed US economic areas, with a new 39GHz variant of CBNL’s VectaStar licensed point-to-multipoint (PMP) platform.

The 39GHz VectaStar platform is being developed in CBNL’s R&D Centre of Excellence in Cambridge, UK, and signifies the company’s expansion into millimetre wave technology. The company has previously confined itself to providing traditional PMP microwave small cells mostly using 26GHz or 28GHz spectrum.

The new solution will enable CBNL and Straight Path to provide access to licensed PMP across every major city in the US – offering carriers a high capacity licensed link at almost half the cost of common carrier point-to-point (PTP).

CBNL said the agreement comes amidst exceptionally strong market demand for its VectaStar products in the US, driven by its ability to offer up to 13.2Gb/s per hub site, up to 12 miles range and up to 50% total cost of ownership savings compared with PTP solutions.

Since launching in the 28GHz LMDS band in late 2014, VectaStar has been quickly adopted by carriers and is already deployed across six states, including New York, California and Texas, the company said.

With Straight Path owning an average of over 800MHz of spectrum in the 30 largest cities in the US, 39GHz licensed PMP enables multiple operators to expand their backhaul coverage of next generation services, such as LTE, carrier-grade enterprise access, small cells and 5G.

The two companies argue that as common carrier spectrum becomes increasingly congested, costly and complicated to acquire, the 39GHz VectaStar solution will provide carriers with a highly economical business case to transform network performance and launch new services that are essential to their growth.

The VectaStar 39GHz platform is expected to be launched to the US market in the summer of 2016.

Lionel Chmilewsky, chief executive officer at CBNL, said: “CBNL is delighted to partner with Straight Path on this exciting project. We have deployed many successful networks with Straight Path in the 28GHz LMDS band in the past year and the new 39GHz solution is a natural evolution of our partnership.

“By offering up to 50% TCO savings, up to 550Mb/s per link and up to 13.2Gb/s per hub site, we look forward to supporting more carriers across the US with a transformational business case for backhaul and enterprise access.

“With customers in 43 countries, including seven of the world’s top ten largest mobile operators, this latest initiative is set to mark the next phase of CBNL’s growth.”

Davidi Jonas, chief executive officer of Straight Path, commented: “Partnering with CBNL is an excellent fit for Straight Path. Our nationwide 39GHz licensed spectrum (which cover 95% of the FCC active area), together with CBNL’s best-in-class technology, offer carriers a highly attractive business case that is not available with other technologies.

“With deep coverage of 39GHz across all major US cities, this project holds the key for carriers to cost effectively roll out the high capacity services their customers demand. It has been clear for some time that the existing spectrum landscape in the US must evolve to manage the huge demand for next generation services.

“This landmark project will play a significant role in supporting the continued growth of LTE and carrier-grade enterprise access, while laying the foundations for high capacity small cell and 5G backhaul,” Jonas concluded.


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