Top 10 Pains of Operating Networks

Today’s networks are becoming more complex and difficult to manage. With reductions in budgets and skilled resources, many network operators are looking to outsource their operations to vendors with advanced network operations capabilities. Maintaining non-core functions, such as network operation centers (NOCs), is often not the best use of operator resources – and detracts from a focus on their core business – their customers. Continue reading

Multi-Band (70/80GHz + 6-23GHz) Backhaul

An analysis of viability of multi-band links: where/when/why…?

Multi-band backhaul links consist of running multiple channels at different frequency bands (typically 70/80G + 6-23G) on a single link to improve capacity and reliability. These links essentially operate like an extended ACM solution – giving more reliability than E-band and more capacity than the lower frequency channel operating independently. Continue reading

Capacity Planning for Next Generation Utility Networks (Part 2)

Capacity planning guidelines for utility transport networks

In PART 1 of this blog, we provided an analysis of utility applications and expected capacity demands. Applications, especially security and surveillance, are rapidly increasing capacity requirements for utility networks. In this blog, we will outline an approach for performing capacity planning for a sample utility network in light of the applications traffic requirements. Continue reading

Plan Your Microwave Network From the Cloud: Free Path Design Software from Aviat

Aviat has been rolling out free microwave path engineering software to customers and partners in varying forms since 1986. You may have been familiar with Starlink software – which estimated multipath performance and rain availability for line-of-sight 5-38GHz digital microwave radio hops and was designed specifically for initial path estimates. Continue reading

How to Avoid Costly Emergency Repairs by Performing Proactive Maintenance in 4 Simple Steps

By Ramon Morales, NOC Operations Team, US

It’s 2:30 AM Saturday morning and the phone rings dragging you out of a deep sleep. Groggily you answer the phone and a voice at the end of the line is alerting you that the communication system is in alarm and traffic is down. While trying to figure out what’s going on, you remember you are the person responsible for your company’s communication infrastructure. Continue reading