Mimosa unveils Massive MIMO ‘last mile’ gigabit wireless broadband solution

Micro point-of-presence architecture combines A5 access point with quad-sector antennas and massive MIMO technology and the C5 client device to enable fixed wireless internet service providers to deliver fibre-like speeds to densely populated areas

Mimosa unveils Massive MIMO ‘last mile’ gigabit wireless broadband solution

US firm Mimosa Networks has launched a new Micro Point-of-Presence (MicroPoP) network architecture, which will enable fixed wireless Internet service providers to deliver cheap and easy to install gigabit wireless broadband to densely populated urban and suburban areas.

Mimosa’s MicroPoP architecture combines a new A5 access point (AP) operating in the 5GHz Wi-Fi band and the C5 client device. The Mimosa A5 AP features unique quad-sector antennas and massive MIMO technology. This enables it to deliver ‘industry-leading performance’ high density short-range multipoint broadband applications.

The AP is usually deployed at rooftop level (although lampposts and other street furniture can be used) at a central point within a neighbourhood, allowing it to provide wireless broadband connections to subscribers within a range of 500 meters.

It features GPS sync-enabled time division multiple access (TDMA) protocol, which ensures each client device precisely receives and transmits under the timing control of the access point, and eliminates the possibility of interference from neighbouring A5 access points.

The compact form-factor of the A5 makes suburban or urban installations fast, easy and discreet, ideal for deployment on rooftops or street-level furniture. With more than 1 Gbps of aggregate capacity, the A5 is the industry’s fastest multipoint solution purpose-built for high density deployments, according to Mimosa.

At the customer end, the Mimosa C5 endpoint client device delivers superfast broadband directly into homes and businesses. It is Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) capable, meaning that multiple clients on the same access point can be coordinated to simultaneously share spectrum, improving scaling and spectral efficiency.

The C5 also features GPS sync-enabled TDMA protocol, which ensures that each client device precisely receives and transmits under the timing control of the access point. With protection from harsh environment and a wider-range of mounting options, it is suitable for any for any deployment situation.

Mimosa sees its multipoint technology as able to deliver massive geo-capacity quickly, reliably and economically – directly addressing the ‘last mile’ challenges of service delivery in dense urban and suburban areas.

The MicroPoP technology can be used by new wireless internet service providers to rapidly bring their services to market and - for the first time - compete with existing broadband providers in urban and suburban locations. Equally, incumbent service providers can add the technology to their arsenal of products, to enable them to more rapidly and economically connect underserved areas.

“Until now there hasn’t been a broadband solution that can be rapidly and cost-effectively deployed in urban densities, and provide the high level of performance required to deliver next-generation internet applications,” said Jaime Fink, co-founder and chief product officer at Mimosa.

“The Mimosa MircoPoP architecture offers a unique opportunity for service providers of all sizes to reduce CAPEX and deliver a scalable, high-performance broadband network. They no longer have to dig trenches and try to bring cables underground, and can achieve the same speeds as fibre for a fraction of the cost.”

Sail Internet, a wireless service provider based in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, deployed a MicroPoP network in the large suburban community of Fremont (pictured above) that was suffering from poor legacy connectivity. “Mimosa provided us with an exciting opportunity to offer a level of service in suburban areas that was previously impossible,” said Kevin Fisher, CEO at Sail Internet.

“We were able to immediately compete with cable and phone providers in the area, offering dramatically better broadband speeds and network responsiveness. Customer satisfaction with our new broadband service has been off the charts!” he stated.

Fink further explained: “Benefiting from next generation MIMO technology and interference mitigation features, the Mimosa MicroPoP is the best solution for service providers looking to provide superfast broadband access to homes and businesses in dense suburban and urban areas. It is significantly less expensive, and much more flexible, than traditional broadband delivery methods.”

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