Integrated routing for mission critical networking

The Aviat CTR 8611 is an integrated microwave router purpose-built for mission critical applications where full redundancy and protection are paramount.

High resiliency networking by design

The CTR 8611 offers a versatile and scalable solution for mission critical networks with a high availability design, fully redundant switching and control, advanced Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities, and extensive security are available to support mission critical communications.


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What is IP/MPLS-Based Wireless Transport?

IP/MPLS microwave integrates routing capability into microwave devices. With integrated IP/MPLS wireless transport solutions from Aviat Networks, operators can save costs, improve network performance, simply operations, and enable new services.

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Part of a mission critical end-to-end IP/MPLS solution

CTR 8611 interoperates and plays nicely with the IRU 600 microwave radio. Both can be managed from a single management interface using Aviat ProVision™. ProVision is an easy-to-use, end-to-end network management solution. Finally, these components are all wrapped up with our network services offering, providing a complete turnkey solution.

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Watch this whiteboard video to learn how CTR 8611 fits in Aviat’s mission critical IP/MPLS wireless transport solution.

Aviat provides IP/MPLS solutions for hybrid or all-IP network implementations

CTR 8611 works with Eclipse and Aviat’s full portfolio of RF units to deliver IP/MPLS for mission critical hybrid microwave networks.

IP/MPLS solutions benefits

  1. Critical communications performance – faster failure recovery and Aviat Strong Security
  2. Unified transport for Ethernet, IP and TDM traffic
  3. Faster end-to-end service provisioning
  4. Densification and scalability
  5. Advanced QoS for service differentiation
CTR 8611 works with Eclipse and Aviat's full portfolio of RF units

CTR 8611 works with Eclipse and Aviat's full portfolio of RF units

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Robust design, full redundancy and protection for mission critical operation

  • Environmentally hardened 2RU, modular compact chassis, (7 slots) supporting 10G, Gigabit and fast Ethernet and E1/T1 line modules. Extended operating temperature range: -40ºC to +65ºC
  • Carrier-class reliability via a redundant switching and control module (SCM)
  • Fully independent synchronization and management ports
  • Separate alarm and power interfaces

Smart performance

  • Packet-based forwarding architecture with QoS awareness, enabling network optimization for voice, data and video services
  • Robust synchronization: multiple options including IEEE 1588v2 and adaptive timing recovery, node timing obtained from BITS, GPS source and PDH/SONET of SyncE interface
  • Extensive set of OAM capabilities to ensure network availability and maintain QoS requirements for voice, video and data
  • Network management and craft interfaces including Aviat ProVision INM and SNMPv1/v2 monitoring

IP/MPLS: Coming to a Village near you

I Heart MPLS. Photo credit: swirlspice / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Whether the local police department responding to a burglary call or firefighters putting out a blaze in the historic district, first responders across America rely on mission-critical communications infrastructure to provide timely, reliable and secure voice, video and data services to do the job.

In our data-infused, mobile and Internet-connected world, public safety agencies have come to realize that upgrading infrastructure to IP/MPLS technology is the best way to lower costs and provide rich services in a scalable way, while enabling effective communication with peer local, state and federal organizations. Access to high volumes of data and the ability to share it with key stakeholders allows public safety professionals to make rapid decisions and speed up actions.

IP/MPLS and Microwave: Better Together At Aviat Networks, we have blazed a path to IP in privately operated networks with our hybrid IP/TDM microwave radios, which efficiently converge packet-based traffic with legacy TDM. This solution gives public safety network operators a concurrence of technology while migration decisions and investments are made.

Recently, Aviat introduced the term “microwave routing” with the launch of its CTR platform. At its core, microwave routing is about integrating IP/MPLS capability into the microwave layer to increase transport intelligence while decreasing cost and complexity. As part of its portfolio, Aviat features the highly resilient CTR 8611 microwave router, which has been designed to meet the needs of public safety agencies today and tomorrow—addressing a future that is sure to include LTE/LTE-Advanced technology and a vast new buildout of advanced networking infrastructure ushered in by the FirstNet initiative.

IP/MPLS in Action One example of IP/MPLS in public safety networks can be found in the Northeastern United States, where a major statewide public safety agency recently adopted IP/MPLS functionality in its backhaul. This deployment is based on the CTR 8611 and ProVision network management system (NMS). ProVision, with its new INM package, provides a smarter end-to-end, point-and-click IP/MPLS service management solution.

I Heart MPLS (the coffee mug). Photo credit: emma trithart / Foter / CC BY-ND

Armed with these tools, this public safety agency turned up a complete IP/MPLS solution for its mission-critical networks, which includes microwave radios, microwave routers and network management. Aviat supports the agency with turnkey services to simplify the network design, install and commission equipment and provide post-deployment support.

IP/MPLS for Everyone Since 1999, IP/MPLS has been deployed in the mainstream of networking. Until now, its implementation has largely been the domain of wireline telephone companies and more recently mobile operators. However, we now see private network operators adopt IP/MPLS technology because of its superiority and economic benefits. Although IP/MPLS is not something that is perceptible by the ordinary citizen, its positive impact on our daily lives is significant. We Heart IP/MPLS!

Louis Scialabba North America Marketing Aviat Networks

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