First Communications uses CBNL small cell for fixed wireless solution in Ohio

CBNL’s licensed point-to-multipoint small cell will reduce dependence on leased fibre by providing a fixed wireless alternative, which is much faster to deploy and is a forerunner for future 5G fixed wireless

First Communications uses CBNL small cell for fixed wireless solution in Ohio

First Communications, a technology solutions provider for over 35,000 businesses throughout the Midwest of the USA, has launched a new fixed wireless network in Ohio utilising the Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) VectaStar solution - a point-to-multipoint (PMP) wireless small cell.

CBNL, based in Cambridge, UK, said today (26 July 2016) that the network represents the first VectaStar licensed PMP deployment in Ohio, pioneering the use of higher frequency to create a more efficient business case for carrier-grade fixed wireless.

Businesses in Cleveland, Akron and Canton are amongst the first to gain access to services offered by the network, which include bandwidth packages of up to 200Mbps, alongside voice and cloud solutions.

CBNL’s licensed PMP enabled First Communications to reduce its dependence on leased fibre, providing a faster and more cost effective strategy to scale the bandwidth and footprint of their network. New customers can also be up and running in days, compared with the many weeks it can take to establish a new leased line agreement.

The business case was strengthened by VectaStar’s 13.2Gbps hub site capacity and its benefits over alternative wireless technologies. For example, licensed PMP avoids the spectrum congestion typical of PMP in lower frequencies and increases return on investment (ROI) compared with licensed point-to-point (PTP) solutions.

This was recently backed up by Real Wireless, the independent wireless research analysts, who reported licensed PMP can enable a carrier to generate 1.8x higher RoI than PTP.

Margi Shaw, president, First Communications, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with CBNL and launch First Communications’ new fixed wireless network. The business case offered by VectaStar has enabled us to reduce our reliance on leased fibre, giving us greater control over our network and the agility to respond more quickly to market demand.

“Crucially, we can now provide more customers with affordable access to higher bandwidth services, which can be up and running in a matter of days. Until VectaStar, there simply hasn’t been a viable wireless solution to realize this strategy. With the networks growing quickly, we look forward to bringing the benefits to more customers across Ohio in the coming months.”

Mark Ashford, VP North America, CBNL, said: “We’re excited to partner with First Communications on this key deployment. By bringing together the efficiency of PMP and guaranteed bandwidth of licensed spectrum, we’ve been able to provide a competitive advantage for First Communications and a great service for their customers.

“In addition to the reduction in equipment and simplified field force activity of PMP, VectaStar’s innovative reuse of spectrum enables a significant boost to RoI. This combination of high frequency and more efficient technology is vital to improve services for end-users and realize the path to Gbps network speeds. With carriers actively trialling 28GHz and 39GHz for future 5G fixed wireless, the First Communications network is a forerunner in the industry.”

The network marks the quick adoption of VectaStar in the US, which has been deployed across nine states in the 28GHz band since launching in late 2014. CBNL’s new 39GHz platform was launched in April 2016 and is set for its first commercial deployments later this year.

See also: CBNL unveils 39GHz millimetre wave licensed PMP small cell

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