DragonWave (News - Alert), a provider of high-capacity microwave solutions for next-gen IP networks, has completed field tests for its high modulation modes of up to 2048 QAM on its Horizon packet microwave products. The deployment and analysis was done in coordination with DragonWave’s in-country partner, UKRCOM, and customer, Interlecom, one of the largest wireless service providers in Ukraine.
The field tests have demonstrated the radio’s high modulation efficiency by delivering up to 37 percent more data through existing microwave channels. This means that the modulation modes have improved spectral efficiency and this correspondingly lowers the operator’s cost per bit. An increase in capacity of greater than three times (over 1.3Gbps) was also possible when the DragonWave’s unique Bandwidth Accelerator feature together with a dual channel operation was added.
Compared to other competitive products in the market, DragonWave now has the most superior 2048 QAM radios that have been tested and proved to offer significantly more total link capacity. A simple software download extends this new capability to existing links. Operators will also benefit from the Hitless Automatic Adaptive Modulation that offers increased capacity using higher modes even where links have been designed to operate on lower capacities. DragonWave has already shipped over 800 Horizon links to Intertelecom through its partner, UKRCOM.
According to the CEO at Intertelecom, Boris Akulov, the company had been exploring other options for increasing link capacity but settled for DragonWave’s solution since it allowed them to “meet the growing backhaul demands without needing to re-engineer existing links or purchase addition radios.” DragonWave’s solution is thus a very cost efficient and streamlined means that helps Intertelecom triple its network capacity.
According to the CEO of DragonWave, Peter Allen (News - Alert), the new technology and innovation once again sets the company apart from its competition. He said the company was encouraged to expand its market share in Ukraine and the region for microwave transport.
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