Smart Grid Wireless Technology Comparison Chart

Cropped version:A worker climbing down an elec...

Image via Wikipedia

Smart Grid is an enabling opportunity for operators to help address energy generation and consumption in an intelligent and efficient manner.

The explanation of Smart Grid solutions in this comparison chart should help to clarify the various choices for wireless connectivity—from access to backhaul, for data or management transmission—using any one or a combination of various technologies.

It compares various wireless technologies for wireless applications related to Smart Grid communications. It also covers general information such as “How to use in Smart Grid,” key advantages and notable weaknesses.

Key technical parameters such as bandwidth, coverage, user data rates and cost are also considered. Microwave, WiMAX, Mesh, LTE, 3G cellular, Power Line Carrier, WLAN and Zigbee are described.

If you like this chart and want to receive a complimentary hard copy version, leave a comment with your name and mailing address (your comment won’t be published). There is an extremely limited number of stock on hand, and we will fulfill as many requests as possible.

Read More


Aviat Networks in the News: Highlights & What’s Ahead in Wireless

France Télécom phone booth in Wellington, New ...

Image via Wikipedia

This month we have a few technology updates from our travels abroad to London and Amsterdam where we presented our perspectives on backhaul at two LTE conferences.

In May, Stuart Little, our director of global corporate marketing, presented at an LTE backhaul conference organized by Telecom IQ in London. Stuart hosted a workshop that focused on the current challenges faced by mobile service providers while preparing their backhaul networks to meet the demand of next generation LTE broadband services. Comprising an intimate crowd of mostly operators, the conference focused on a series of operator presentations, panel discussions and roundtable conversations. Representatives from operators such as BT, Telenor, France Telecom, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Mobitel and Saudi Telecom were in attendance. Some key issues discussed focused on the backhaul needs of LTE, which are difficult to predict. With a few exceptions, most LTE deployments to-date are limited or in the trial phase. Operators are also grappling with a mix of technologies in their networks, making migration to all-IP a huge and complicated task.

While in London, Stuart also spoke at the 13th annual Transport Networks for Mobile Operators (TNMO) Conference on May 10. TNMO is one of the largest conferences in Europe focused purely on backhaul transport networks. This year, Aviat Networks participated by presenting on the topic of “Realistic Capacity Requirements for LTE,” or why fiber is not the only answer, and took part in a panel discussion on Carrier Ethernet for mobile backhaul. The conference was fairly well attended, with a packed agenda that covered the full range of transport challenges from the access to the core. Numerous solutions to the problem of delivering more capacity to meet expected demand were discussed, including network sharing, microcells, network offload and intelligent backhaul optimization techniques. It seems that there is no single winner in the race to find a solution. Operators are going to have to choose from an array of options to get the right fit for their particular needs.

Over in Amsterdam, Peter Croy, our senior IP network architect, presented on the topic of Carrier Ethernet for LTE mobile backhaul requirements at the LTE World Summit. Not sure if you have read previous blogs or joined in our webinars on this subject, but Peter is a well versed expert on backhaul. See his overview from the conference.

With summer fast approaching and vacations looming, June will be a bit slower. Good thing as planning will begin for some major events and shows coming in the fall and early 2012.

An event you won’t want to miss is the 1588v2 Synchronization for Mobile Backhaul Networks Webinar on June 6. Hosted by Patrick Donegan, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. This webinar will bring together leading vendors and operators to develop best practice guidelines for operators as they deploy the 1588v2 standard. Drawing on real implementation case studies, industry leaders will demonstrate where some implementations have gone wrong in the past and what leading operators and vendors are now doing right to deploy this key standard. Please join us for this highly interactive webinar. The webinar is co-hosted by Errol Binda, our very own solutions marketing manager.

Another interesting event is the National Urban Areas Security Initiative Conference (UASI) conference held in San Francisco, June 20-23. This conference is in cooperation with Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Grants Programs Directorate. The conference will provide an opportunity for stakeholders from all areas of homeland security and emergency preparedness to gather and exchange important information to make the United States safer.

We will have a booth, No. 85 in the Continental Ballroom, at the conference where we will display our public safety solutions along with showcasing all-indoor configurations of Eclipse Packet Node. Ali Hirsa from Aviat Networks will be at the booth to answer any questions you may have.

That’s it for now. I will be back in touch next month to update you on the latest happenings at Aviat Networks. Until then, follow the dialogue and news on our social sites.

www.aviatnetworks.com

www.facebook.com/AviatNet

www.twitter.com/aviatnetworks

www.blog.aviatnetworks.com

www.youtube.com/aviatnetworks

Cyndy Johnson
Director of Corporate Communications, Aviat Networks

Read More


Pictures From LTE World Summit (for 4G Wireless)

random pics of amsterdam

Image via Wikipedia

As we outlined last month, Aviat Networks was sending a representative to the LTE World Summit in May—me. With all apologies to Mussorgsky, we would like to present a few mental pictures from the event in Amsterdam. Presenters came from some of the leading Tier 1 mobile operators in the Americas, Asia and Europe. So without further adieu, on with the show.

Americas

An American carrier with operations in EMEA and APAC presented LTE as a major driver in its U.S. wireless strategy. They have the audacious goal of rolling out LTE into even more metro areas, covering nearly 200 million people in the U.S. by the end of 2011. Continuing to launch new handsets has the possibility of making this carrier more attractive for customers.

Asia

One Asian operator has launched LTE in the 2100MHz band exclusively through “remote radio heads” that connect back via fiber to base band radio units hosting multiple antennas and radio carriers. They are on course to switch off 2G—not GSM compatible—in early 2012 and focus exclusively on rolling out LTE while halting investment even in 3G UMTS and HSPA.

Europe

One European operator proposed to launch LTE for fixed-wireless broadband coverage in German “not spots”—as opposed to hot spots—that lack both copper and fiber infrastructure. Their main concern for LTE is obtaining enough spectrum and the upcoming auction of 800MHz spectrum for wider coverage areas. They believe LTE will deliver Internet access services well and predictably.

Another European operator has launched LTE in six Nordic and Baltic markets, with Lithuania becoming the last addition this March. In Stockholm, a recent drive survey found that there was no spot with less than 20Mbps peak rate in the surveyed area of the operator. The main concern for this operator is the agreement on spectrum bands for LTE. They have proposed a tri-band approach: 800MHz for countrywide blanket coverage, 1800MHz for suburban/urban capacity/coverage and 2600MHz for small cells and indoor capacity. They are not planning to build a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) IMS core network system to support SIP based voice. They will instead rely solely on CS-fallback—i.e., put voice on their 3G/HSPA network.

And for one European operator, its backhaul network hosting for several U.K. mobile networks will get more challenging as those networks upgrade to LTE. Backhaul capacity concerns remain an issue for wholesalers that plan to provide services to multiple carriers.

Peter Croy
Senior IP Network Architect, Aviat Networks

Read More


RAN Capacity Optimization Through IPoTDM Microwave Transport

This brief white paper summarizes how an IP-over-TDM (IPoTDM) approach can facilitate microwave network evolution to all-IP, consolidate the transport and management of circuit- and packet-based wireless network services in a single physical RAN infrastructure, and allow operators to address CAPEX and OPEX cost challenges by leveraging existing TDM transport resources to the maximum extent possible.

Read More


Aviat Networks: Official Wireless Transmission Headquarters

The Aviat Networks Headquarters in Santa Clara is perfectly positioned to serve its wireless customers. Watch this video to see the full capabilities of the Aviat Networks North American offices.

Read More


CTO Insights from Mobile World Congress 2011

Aviat Networks SVP and CTO, Paul Kennard, shares technology trends and insights from Mobile World Congress 2011.

Read More


Subscribe to our newsletter