Aviat Networks in the News: Recent Highlights and What is Ahead

From the Trenches at Mobile World Congress 2011

Whew! I am just now recovering from the week in Barcelona. Where else in the world can you go and find the next cool device, application and of course, Smartphones—or should I say superphones! There was a lot of great technology and amazing booths to explore. I could have spent all four days wandering the show floor, but there was work to do. Seems the Android booth and pins were quite popular. (More on that later ;-))

As Director of Corporate Communications, my role was to connect with the media. We had lots of briefings, which resulted in some good coverage for us. We announced two innovative new products just before the show and it was great to highlight the features for customers, press, analysts and other visitors to the booth. The Eclipse IDU GE3 is an ultra-compact indoor unit (IDU) that combines the very latest Carrier Ethernet networking and advanced radio features for hybrid TDM/Ethernet or all-Ethernet/IP wireless transmission. If you want to see it, check out the interactive 3D product model online. We also announced the WTM 3000, the first complete outdoor networked radio that will launch later this year.

Honestly, we’re pretty excited about it.

Everyone was great to work with, but I have to say a big “Thank You” to all the journalists and analysts who took the time to speak with us and cover our company. Chuck Kissner, our new CEO, also was interviewed by TelecomTV and discussed the future of wireless backhaul and Aviat Networks’ vision and product roadmap for the future. You can visit our news page for more details.

Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in meetings. I was just glad that we had a cool new booth for this show, thanks to our event team. You can view the photos on our last blog post Highlights from Mobile World Congress. Check it out and feel free to leave a comment about what you think.

What can I say, it was a great event. Can’t wait till next year!

So what’s ahead? We have some great events lined up for the next month that you can participate in or attend. It’s a good way to meet the Aviat Networks team and get to know our technology.

Upcoming webinar:

Building on the momentum of Mobile World Congress 2011 we will be hosting a webinar titled “Strategies for Lowering Your LTE/4G Backhaul Bill” on Thursday, March 17 at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. It is free, and you will get valuable information on how packet microwave radio systems are a cost-effective solution to meet the challenges of backhaul capacity. Stuart Little, our director of marketing—you may have seen his blog posts—and Gary Croke, senior product marketing manager will be speaking.

Upcoming tradeshows:

IWCE 2011

If you are in the Las Vegas area tomorrow, come by and chat with John Kerrigan, sales director, at the IWCE 2011, booth #8094 about the latest solutions from Aviat Networks in the government and public safety markets. To find out more, visit the IWCE website at http://iwceexpo.com/iwce2011/public/enter.aspx or check out the details on our Twitter site at aviatnetworks http://bit.ly/gVAXe2

CTIA Wireless 2011

Although we don’t have a booth at CTIA this year, we are meeting with customers and speaking on the topics of wireless backhaul capacity challenges, industry trends and microwave technology solutions. To find out more information about the show, visit http://www.ctiawireless.com. We will also be tweeting about our participation at the show within the next week.

2011 UTC Region 6 Annual Meeting

On March 28-30 we will be connecting with customers to discuss industry issues at the UTC regional meeting being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Lenexa in Overland Park, Kansas. As you might know, the Utilities Telecom Council is a great association dedicated to issues that face the telecommunications industry. For more information, visit http://www.utc.org/utc/2011-utc-region-6-annual-meeting.

Well that’s it for now. I will be back in touch next month to update you on the latest happenings at Aviat Networks. Till then, follow the dialogue and news on our social sites. Don’t be shy, jump in the conversation, we welcome it! Until next month…. Oh by the way, the Android pins are selling on eBay for those of you who are interested.

Aviat Networks in the News: Recent Highlights and What is Ahead

Android Pins

Cyndy Johnson,

Director of Corporate Communications, Aviat Networks





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Highlights from Mobile World Congress 2011

Aviat Networks at Mobile World Congress 2011

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CTO Insights from Mobile World Congress 2011

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

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Wireless Backhaul Solutions Everywhere in Barcelona

I must have counted nearly 30 vendors during the opening day at Mobile World Congress this year who are promoting some form of wireless backhaul solution. It seems like instead of consolidating the market it continues to expand and fragment like never before. Ten or 15 years ago I thought that the market could not support 20 vendors, but now things are hotter than ever.

There are the big guys (Ericsson, NSN, Huawei, Alcatel Lucent and NEC), the independent point-to-point (PTP) microwave providers like Ceragon (newly merged with Nera) and SIAE from Italy (part of the STM Group), to a myriad of small guys from all over the world. And then there are the other wanna-be backhaul solutions, like point-to-multipoint (PMP), free space optics (FSO), mesh, E-Band, etc.

There are also a slew of new products announced and on display (including two from Aviat Networks), including Ericsson, Ceragon, Trango, Comba and NEC. A lot of these new products are IP based and primarily all-outdoor, reflecting the ongoing trend in the industry for ‘zero footprint’, packet microwave systems for new 4G/LTE base station deployments.

With all of these players and products coming to market each year at Mobile World Congress it’s a must see event and I can’t wait for the next few days to unfold.

Stuart Little,
Director of Marketing, Aviat Networks

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Mobile World Congress- Video Update

Checkout Aviat Networks in this video at Mobile World Congress 2011. Visit our booth #CY08.

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The Future of Backhaul is Now

There is an old saying in some places with words to the effect that “the future is now.” We believe the future of mobile backhaul is microwave and that future is now. At the risk of stretching the point of a seeming paradox, let us explain. The focal point for much of Mobile World Congress 2011 will be on Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G cellular services.

Even with all the hype for LTE, its demand on the backhaul network will probably not exceed 200Mbps, and it will likely settle somewhere in the range of 150Mbps to 200Mbps for the typical LTE macro cell site. This figure is well within the throughput capabilities of modern IP/Ethernet microwave backhaul radios. We will be explaining more about this at our MWC courtyard pavilion #CY08 in the Fira de Barcelona during the week.

For a more detailed look at what Aviat Networks has planned for the week, let us elaborate. Aviat Network presenters will outline the company’s vision for the future of backhaul networks, focusing on the key challenges faced by mobile service providers around the world including:

1. 4G/LTE Backhaul—A Dose of Reality. The requirements for 4G/LTE backhaul capacity are being overhyped, leading to operators wasting potentially billions of dollars by running fiber to cell sites. Understand how microwave is exceeding the true backhaul capacity needs of 4G/LTE with high reliability—and much more cost effectively.

2. Simplifying Mobile Backhaul Evolution. The evolution of mobile network infrastructure to all-IP is potentially risky and complex, giving operators many confusing options. Learn how Aviat Networks is developing solutions that will help simplify and lower the cost of this evolution.

3. Small Cell Backhaul—Challenges and Opportunities. There is a growing consensus in the industry that operators will need to deploy a new “underlay” network of small, micro-base stations to provide the needed capacity and coverage for 4G. Find out how microwave is uniquely positioned to provide the backhaul for this new class of base stations.

In addition, you can see the latest Aviat Networks microwave solutions, which we will be introducing in person at MWC:

4. Aviat WTM 3000. A fully functional Carrier Ethernet transport node in a true zero-footprint package, the WTM 3000 includes for the first time advanced radio, modem and Ethernet networking functions all in a compact outdoor unit, unlike other “all-outdoor” packet radios that require an indoor unit or a separate switch/router to provide important networking advanced radio features.

5. Eclipse IDU GE3. An ultra-compact indoor unit (IDU) that combines the very latest Carrier Ethernet networking and advanced radio features for hybrid TDM/Ethernet or all-Ethernet/IP wireless transmission. The Eclipse IDU GE3 enables the deployment of cost-effective wireless tail-end cell-site connections and standalone point-to-point links.

6. Eclipse DAC GE3. A new plug-in interface module for the Eclipse Packet Node platform, theDAC GE3 provides the most advanced Carrier Ethernet switch subsystem available in microwave backhaul today. Featuring higher capacity and an impressive breadth of new capabilities, this third-generation design sets a new benchmark for resilient wireless access and aggregation networks.

For more information visit our booth at Mobile World Congress or our website Aviat Networks.

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Top 11 Ways to Survive Mobile World Congress

  • Unless you want to stand in line for 2+ hours, print and bring your fast track pass. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
  • Pick up your badge Saturday or Sunday or be prepared for a long wait Monday morning. Bring your confirmation email for added time savings.
  • Foot soak after a long day on the show floor can become a necessity by day 3.
  • Catalan is widely used in Barcelona, be prepared for some locals to not understand your Spanish.
  • A small bit of laundry detergent works great if you have to wash something in your hotel sink, trust me it happens!
  • The day before the show, scout out coffee shops within walking distance of your hotel and the closest Metro line. You will thank us later.
  • If you check your luggage, make sure you carry on at least one outfit for the show. You don’t want to show up for that million dollar meeting in a $50 suit bought last minute at the corner shop by your hotel.
  • Most restaurants don’t open up until 9 or 10pm. Pre-dinner naps are encouraged!
  • Don’t bring your laptop to the show floor and if you do, guard it with your life!
  • Conversion power plugs are like gold bars on the show floor. Bring an extra for your hotel… or two.
  • Charge your devices every chance you get, international travel seems to burn through battery quicker.

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The LTE Hype Cycle is in Full Swing

Now’s not the time for operators to be quiet and conservative. In the US, the leading network operators are all engaged in a vigorous battle to prove who can deliver the fastest data downloads, with the best coverage. Any pretense over complying with the ITU’s original definition of 4G have now been dropped in the marketing campaigns from each company, with now LTE, WiMAX 802.16e and even HSPA+ now being aggressively promoted as 4G (more about this in a future post). Nowhere else in the world are three mobile technologies slugging it out for dominance.

These efforts have been reinforced by discussions (and even demonstrations) of LTE download speeds of 50, 80, 100 Mbit/s and more. A slew of new LTE-capable devices were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month. Eleven new LTE networks have been launched, with 147 operators committed to LTE at the end of 2010. There’s little wonder that predictions of cell-site backhaul capacity of many 100’s of megabits and even gigabits are not uncommon.

Fiber Solves Everything?

With the focus on download speeds, the market appears to have forgotten the past issues associated with backhaul. Or perhaps, the assumption is that they have all been solved. Operator difficulties associated with the introduction of the iPhone in 2009 appear to be well behind us, but the reality is that backhaul remains one of the biggest headaches.

Operators have largely fended off further scrutiny of potential backhaul problems by talking up how they are rapidly deploying fiber throughout their networks, or deploying 100’s of thousands of new leased lines. This has led some commentators to declare that only fiber can support the backhaul needs of LTE. Fiber to every cell-site means no more capacity issues. Problem solved!

Unfortunately the reality is not so tidy. Capacity is just one of the issues that face operators when preparing their backhaul networks for 4G. Since backhaul can represent up to 50% of a network operators costs, any poor decisions made there can seriously affect the bottom line.

Instead, backhaul is a multi dimensional puzzle, balancing network capacity, cost, complexity and coverage. Next post I will explore the real backhaul needs of 4G, based upon a bottom’s up technology assessment, that paints a very different story.

Stuart Little

Director of Marketing, Aviat Networks

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