DragonWave doubles capacity of microwave backhaul system

Harmony Enhanced MC platform with integrated dual channel, XPIC capabilities and 10GE radio port supports backhaul scalability and expands interoperability functionality

DragonWave doubles capacity of microwave backhaul system

DragonWave has introduced Harmony Enhanced MC, an ultra-high capacity, multi-service microwave system operating in the 6-42 GHz spectrum bands, which is capable of providing dual channel support and extended reach.

Harmony Enhanced MC boosts capacity by introducing integrated dual carrier and fully integrated XPIC capabilities into a single outdoor unit (ODU) antenna configuration.

Harmony Enhanced MC features an integrated switch, and according to the company, the industry’s first 10GE port on a wireless backhaul radio to delivers an all-outdoor, Ethernet solution with considerable system gain and spectral efficiency.

“DragonWave is continuing to push the capacity envelope and build upon the strong spectral efficiency of its portfolio with the introduction of its Harmony Enhanced MC,” said Emmy Johnson, founder and principal analyst, Sky Light Research.

“Today, operators are looking for the most easily deployed and cost-effective solutions to increase capacity on overtaxed backhaul networks. The increased capacity of Harmony Enhanced MC, and the introduction of a 10GE port, allows operators to provide backhaul connectivity to the next generation of base station, switches and routers.”

Harmony Enhanced MC also comes with integrated 112 MHz channel support, 4096QAM capability, Bandwidth Accelerator+ and MIMO to deliver over 4 Gbps in a single radio, with scalability to deliver 8Gbps on a single antenna.

DragonWave claims that Harmony Enhanced MC provides the highest systems gain in an all-outdoor microwave system by leveraging the latest RF ASIC technology to increase reach by more than 30%, thereby reducing tower costs. The Harmony Enhanced MC system is also hardware ready to support Software Defined Networking (SDN), effectively enabling end-to-end network intelligence.

Additionally, integrated Ethernet switching with a 10GE port, Carrier Ethernet services support, and upgradability to MPLS-TP, and Software Defined Networking (SDN), enables end-to-end network intelligence that doesn’t require an additional indoor switching unit.

“Through close work with operators, we understand their concerns regarding how best to cope with a growing subscriber base and the ever-increasing capacity demands on their backhaul networks,” said Greg Friesen, vice president, product management, DragonWave.

“Harmony Enhanced MC is an important addition to the Harmony family and comes at an ideal time to help operators deploy affordable, highly scalable microwave solutions quickly, and that offer the ability to continue to meet customers’ expectations long-term.”

The Harmony Enhanced MC will be on display in the DragonWave booth #7E12 at Mobile World Congress (22-25 February 2016) in Barcelona.

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