Maju Nusa uses Hughes HX System 4.0 for cellular backhaul network in Malaysia


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Maju Nusa Sdn Bhd,the fastest-growing provider of VSAT services in Malaysia, has tapped Hughes Network Systems, LLC for satellite broadband equipment. Maju Nusa will use the Hughes systems to build a cellular backhaul network for the remote regions of the Southeast Asian country.


Hughes will supply an HX System 4.0 Network Operations Center (NOC) and 130 HX broadband satellite terminals to Maju Nusa. The Hughes satellite communications systems will be used by the Malaysian VSAT service provider to enable cellular backhaul services for 2G and 3G sites in rural regions that are unable to access terrestrial communications.

The HX System 4.0 satellite broadband system debuted in 2012. Featuring low jitter/delay, real-time streaming, and other technological enhancements, it is ideal for supporting cellular backhaul applications.

Maju Nusa selected Hughes as its supplier based on the latter company’s excellent reputation in Southeast Asia. The Malaysian company have previous experience with the Hughes HX System as they had previously ordered one during the end of 2011.

Hughes has begun installing the new HX-powered cellular backhaul network in Malaysia. It expects to complete the job by April 2013.

Comtech ED Data supports satellite mobile backhaul within rural Latin America


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A mobile network operator based in Latin America will be expanding its satellite mobile backhaul network using more than a million dollars worth of satellite communications infrastructure equipment from Comtech EF Data Corp.


In addition to expanding its existing 2G, 2.5G, and 3G networks, the Latin American mobile network operator also plans to offer 3G HSPA mobile broadband services to consumers in rural and remote areas. To this end, it has ordered satellite modems, redundancy switches, and both indoor and outdoor frequency conversion systems from Comtech EF Data.

The company specified the CDM-750 Advanced High-Speed Trunking Modem and the CDM-625 Advanced Satellite Modem, the latter of which has set the de facto standard for mobile operators. The two Comtech modems improve the efficiency of bandwidth, optimize links, and reduce operating expenses.

The CDM-750 is a point-to-point trunking modem designed to deliver the highest and most efficient throughput. Its space segment saving capabilities keeps overhead to a minimum while also accomodating the most demanding mobile backhaul links. In comparison, the CDM-625 maximizes savings whatever the condition by combining DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier bandwidth compression with VersaFEC and Low Density Parity Check codes that perform advanced Forward Error Correction.

Also included in the purchase were companion redundancy switches and indoor and outdoor frequency conversion systems.

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Ethernet backhaul continues growing by leaps and bounds


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The rapidly surging consumption of mobile data will leave companies with no choice but to migrate to the current LTE backhaul standards lest they be unable to provide the speed and capacity demanded by their subscribers.

Infonetics is predicting that over 80 percent of backhaul services revenue come 2015 will be derived from Layer 2 Ethernet services. The market research firm further expects that the shipment of small cells will increase from its 2012 total of 261,000 units to five million units come 2017.

Ethernet backhaul costs the least per bit out of all the options. It is also the quickest to scale up networks. Its cost-effectiveness and flexibility allows carriers to increase their bandwidth to satisfy subscriber demand while also avoiding the pitfall of over-provisioned work.

Currently, Verizon, AT&T, and other large companies account for the majority of Ethernet service backhaul deployments to large cell sites. Analysts, however, believe that 2013 will witness 35% of the Ethernet backhaul market going to third-party wholesale carriers.

Furthermore, identifying underserved cell sites will be important for the continued growth of profits. Analysts propose that carriers should assemble a list of profitability criteria regarding pertinent factors about their cells such as location, bandwidth demand, and competitive environment. The carrier should then expand their networks in underserved but potentially profitable urban core environments by deploying small cells in support of the macro cell.

Analysts predict that Ethernet-over-fiber networks will experience compound annual growth of 45 percent during 2015. If this hold true, then the fiber networks operated by cable multiple service operators will quickly increase from the 7 percent of the total number of large cell towers they currently serve to 80 percent of all U.S. macro-cell sites.

CyC S.A. picks MRV OptiSwitch for mobile backhaul services in Argentina


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According to an announcement by MRV Communications, its OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet Access solution has been selected by CyC S.A. to deliver mobile backhaul and other revenue-generating data services across Argentina.

MRV will be providing its OS904-MBH-4 timing and synchronization gateway with circuit emulation services (CES) and the OS9124-410G first mile packet-optical aggregation platform. These products are OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet 2.0 demarcation and aggregation devices. They deliver critical functionality that delivers all of the capabilities required by mobile backhaul network operated by CyC S.A. They will also prepare a migration path for any Carrier Ethernet network that CyC S.A. would deploy in the future.

In addition, MRV will also include its G8032 Ethernet Ring Protection and 10GE link aggregation capabilities. These products create a redundant, fault-tolerant network with high reliability. All of the MRV devices can withstand extreme temperature and environmental conditions per the requirements of CyC S.A.

MRV Communications provides excellent solutions for optical communications network infrastructure equipment, integration, and managed services. Its customer, CyC S.A., is the telecommunications subsidiary of the biggest electricity company in Argentina.

Cellular traffic in Argentina is booming. CyC S.A. decided to develop a new mobile backhaul network in order to cater to this growing, lucrative market. The telecom subsidiary decided to leverage the extensive electrical system established by its parent company. The system includes an expansive fiber optics mesh network which CyC S.A. developed in collaboration with a number of utility companies.

The existing network currently allows customers to access cell towers in metropolitan areas throughout Argentina. Each of these locations host a Carrier Ethernet network operated by CyC S.A. that can support wholesale mobile backhaul services.

Tellabs delivers smart backhaul solutions


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Tellabs Mobile Backhaul Solutions has started offering intelligent solutions to support the increase in the number of mobile operators offering LTE networks. The current technologies have focused on the speed of the backhaul networks but Tellabs is enabling advanced LTE systems by equipping them with smart functionality to expand capacities.

The company is delivering a comprehensive set of tools which provide scalable solutions including terabit routing and small cell aggregation. Tellabs is now focused on delivering intelligence to backhaul systems that are highly-secure and which can be synchronized with any network.

Some of Tellabs’ works include self-organizing backhaul networks which can carry critical business functions. Operators can utilized the technology to automate routine tasks, thus reducing costs in operation. The all-IP solution also provides operators with end-to-end Quality of Experience, ensuring smart and high-speed performance of backhauling solutions.

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Backhauling solutions essential in smartphone-crazed market


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As the demand for smartphones surge, so does the strain on current mobile backhaul networks. Mobile network operators are now facing the challenge of upgrading their networks to handle the increased data traffic resulting from bandwidth-intensive mobile applications being designed for the powerful computing devices.

Traditional TDM networks are no longer able to carry the extra load. Many of today’s communication providers and operators are looking into small-cell technology and carrier ethernet to improve their networks. Other backhauling solutions also include using satellite bandwidth capacity to ease traffic on the networks. Intelligent systems using the wi-fi has also allow the backhaul networks to decide where to route-taffic on their own.

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Tower Cloud completes 4G mobile backhaul network in South Georgia


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A recently-completed 1,225 mile-long network will allow Tower Cloud to provide mobile backhaul for 4G wireless services throughout South Georgia. 

Tower Cloud entered into a partnership with Alma Telephone Company and several other local carriers to complete the high-fiber count cable route network. The Company’s new mobile backhaul network goes through the I-75 corridor. It provides coverage to key markets in rural South Georgia and the Southeast.

According to Tower Cloud, its new mobile backhaul network will initially provide backbone for 13 fiber rings. In time, the network will come to support more than 300 cell sites throughout South Georgia.

Tower Cloud employs pure Ethernet broadband technologies in its fiber optic and wireless backhaul networks. Wireless carriers depend on the Company to deliver backhaul voice, video, and data from cell sites. 

According to Ron Mudry, founder and CEO of Tower Cloud, the rapid proliferation of 4G wireless services have doubled and even tripled the demand for mobile data bandwidth from carriers. “Tower Cloud is building networks to meet these demands and support the data tsunami being created by the rapid adoption of smartphones, tablets and other bandwidth intensive devices,” he said. 

Earlier this year, the IEEE published a report about the explosive growth in data traffic. Every 18 months sees a doubling of total data traffic. Mobile data is undergoing a similarly impressive growth of 92 percent every year. More and more mobile backhaul is required to properly support the mobile market’s ravenous appetite for bandwidth.

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Integra Telecom VPN Wireless Backup keeps critical business applications connected


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Integra Telecom adds several layers of security to wireless networks with its recently-introduced VPN Wireless Backup service. The new Integra wireless backup solution leverages a connection to the Verizon Wireless network to ensure connectivity for VPN Solutions Layer-3 and other critical business applications.

VPN Wireless Backup will ensure that business services immediately continue despite network disruptions. If a wireline fails, the router will automatically switch traffic from the wireline connection to the wireless connection. Once the wireline connection is restored, the router will immediately restore connectivity to the wireline connection.

The new Integra wireless backup system offers the IPsec security measure. IPsec maintains secure encryption of network data that passes through a wireless connection.

In addition, VPN Wireless Backup also provides an additional layer of security to mobile backhaul networks with its Cloud Firewall Service. The Integra-designed defends against malware.

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Nigeria turns to DragonWave for wireless backhaul solutions


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The rise of smartphones and mobile applications has been seen in Nigeria, so much so that many of the Africa nation’s communications provider is turning to DragonWave for mobile backhaul services. DragonWave Inc is one of the leading companies when it comes to high capacity broadband wireless networking systems.

Service providers like Mobitel, Monacom, Netcom, and MainOne, have been turning to the Canadian-based company, best known for their high-capacity packet microwave solutions, to help meet the increasing demand in Nigeria for broadband access solutions to end-user customers and enterprises.

Mobitel’s President and CEO, Johnson Salako, has repeatedly praised DragonWave for their exceptional service in terms of the line support for the radio systems of the  mobile service provider. The solutions provided by DragonWave has been able to withstand the unique climatic conditions of the country.

DragonWave’s offering of  robust, effective, and reliable backhauling solutions to many service providers in Africa has been one of the priorities of the company.

President and CEO of the network provider, Peter Allen said, “We’ve prioritized Africa as a very viable market given that our technological advantage and high quality radio transmission makes wireless broadband applications both more accessible and affordable.

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iDirect agenda for COMSYS VSAT2012: Small cells, new satellites, mobile backhaul


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Keynote speakers from VT iDirect Inc. will be discussing how high-throughput satellites , Ka-band frequencies, and advancements in mobile backhaul technology affect the satellite industry during the COMSYS VSAT2012 Conference.

This year’s COMSYS VSAT conference is one of the industry’s anticipated and attended conferences. VSAT2012 will be held at the Lancaster London Hotel in London, UK, and last from September 11 to 14.

iDirect is of the world’s leaders in satellite-based IP communications technology. During COMSYS VSAT2012, iDirect will offer thought leadership and its extensive expertise with the VSAT industry by tackling two major growth opportunities: the recent appearance of high-throughput satellites and the proliferation of small cell technology for the mobile backhaul market.

David Bettinger, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, will serve as iDirect’s keynote speaker on the developing role of high-throughput satellites and the new, high-capacity Ka-band frequencies. His topic is the importance of flexibility for terrestrial infrastructure, which need to stay compatible with the evolving satellite architecture while also adapting its services for its many different end users.

Meanwhile, Director Richard Deasington (of iDirect’s Market Development) and Malek Shahid from Alcatel Lucent will double-team the subject of mobile backhaul. Their specific topic: How the advancements in small cell technology opened up remote and rural markets – and how mobile operators can take advantage of the need for backhauling and other satellite communications services.