Tuesday, 28 September 2021 13:47

DragonWave and Siklu introduce “Extend” multi-gig E-band solution bringing resilient mmWave capacity to 10km

By
Rate this item
(0 votes)
COMSovereign chief technology officer Dr. Dustin McIntire COMSovereign chief technology officer Dr. Dustin McIntire

COMSovereign Holding Corp a U.S. based developer of 4G LTE advanced and 5G communication systems and solutions, announced that its DragonWave unit and Siklu, have officially introduced the “Extend”-line of ultra high-capacity and long-range mmWave radios designed to reliably deliver multi-gigabit connections up to 10km or more with fibre-equivalent reliability of 99.999%.

COMSovereign says Extend represents the next evolution of reliable, multi-gigabit millimeter wave wireless access, combining the robust and highest power packet microwave technology of DragonWave’s https://dragonwavex.com Harmony product line with market-leading performance of Siklu’s EtherHaul™ E-Band (70/80 GHz) radios. With Extend, DragonWave and Siklu have introduced a single solution designed to address the need for long-range, ultra-high capacity, cost-effective and ultra-reliable wireless connectivity by mobile network operators, rural broadband and wireless internet service providers (WISPs), public safety organisations, as well as city, state, and local municipalities.

“Extend brings unmatched range and reliability to millimeter wave networks by leveraging Siklu’s top-performing gigabit E-band radios with the market proven, carrier-grade reliability of DragonWave’s packet microwave technology. We are pleased to expand DragonWave’s addressable market with Extend, allowing us to provide network operators of all kinds with the highest performance, longest-range, and most reliable wireless transport solution in the market today,” said COMSovereign chief technology officer Dr. Dustin McIntire.



“Network operators around the world have already embraced the unique capabilities and performance benefits of millimeter wave technology for their most demanding connectivity challenges,” said Siklu CEO Ronen Ben-Hamou. “Together with DragonWave, Extend redefines the performance and reliability of millimeter wave wireless networking, helping us deliver on the promise of multi-gigabit wireless capacity.”

Siklu’s EtherHaul™ Extend18 and DragonWave’s Harmony Extend 80 are the first products in the new Extend line of ultra-resilient, dual band packet microwave radios. Extend combines a pair of Siklu multi-gigabit EtherHaul™ Kilo radios operating in the popular 70/80GHz bands with DragonWave’s Harmony EnhancedMC High Power carrier-grade packet microwave solutions operating in the licensed 18GHz band, to provide unmatched communications range and reliability even in adverse weather situations, COMSovereign said.

COMSovereign commented, with “single click” simplicity, thanks to adaptive modulation and advanced QoS of the EtherHaul integrated networking engine, during significant rain events, Extend automatically maintains the availability of high priority traffic, switching to the secondary radio hitlessly. After the rain cell has passed, the EtherHaul link will automatically revert to its previous capacity load with no loss of traffic. Thanks to Extend’s fully monitored, dual radio design, high-performance long- distance multigigabit capacity is both economical and easy to implement.

Alliance Corporation director U.S. sales Tom Ferris commented, “Alliance Corporation is a master distributor in the United States and Canada of both Dragonwave microwave and Siklu millimeter wave solutions and is very excited by the new Extend offering because of the compelling value it delivers. This new solution provides DragonWave customers additional bandwidth for their existing or new microwave links and Siklu mmWave customers the ability to achieve greater distances with higher availability than can be achieved by only using 70/80GHz frequencies. The integrated Extend offering is a best-of-breed solution from the two leading manufacturers of high-capacity wireless connectivity, and we are looking forward to bringing this unique solution to our customers.”

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 24 September 2021.

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

Chris Coughlan

A versatile technology executive with extensive experience in most disciplines and technologies in the Information and Communications Technologies sector. Roles have encompassed general management, product management, business development, sales management, industry marketing, operations management, research and development, business case development, market research and forecasting, regulatory, strategy management, solution development, major project construction, process design and management, technology and management consulting, and engineering.

Related items

  • TPG Telecom and Samsung complete 5G virtualised RAN trials with 26GHz mmWave
    in 5G

    TPG Telecom and Samsung Electronics Australia have expanded their 5G mmWave technology collaboration to more trial sites after successfully completing the first 5G virtualised, radio access network (vRAN) trials with 26GHz mmWave in Australia.

    The companies said that the vRAN trials saw a throughput speed of 2.3Gbps using 400MHz of TPG Telecom’s 26GHz spectrum holdings and Samsung’s 5G mmWave Compact Macro device.

    TPG Telecom and Samsung were also able to achieve 4Gbps of cell throughput using MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) technology which allows multiple devices to more efficiently coordinate when they communicate with one another, the companies stated.

    As part of the vRAN trials, Samsung and TPG Telecom successfully tested different line-of-sight (LOS) and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios to simulate the real-life user experience when connected to 5G networks. The trials also used the reflecting properties of mmWave to achieve a steady rate above 1Gbps user throughput in NLOS scenarios up to 1km away.

    {loadposition chris08}

    The trials pave the way for new mobile and fixed wireless applications for TPG Telecom as the high-powered, lightweight and compact Samsung device can easily be installed on the sides of buildings, as well as utility poles, for rapid 5G network deployments, the companies said.

    “At TPG Telecom we are focused on building the smartest 5G mobile network in Australia and these results show we are on track to achieve just that,” said TPG Telecom executive general manager mobile and fixed networks Barry Kezik.

    “By combining our spectrum assets with smart engineering, we are able to achieve far greater spectral efficiency than what we have seen from others in the industry. This is a great result and shows that innovative engineering and smart network design can help extend our reach, while also delivering great speeds and an excellent experience for customers.”

    The trials were achieved at TPG Telecom’s Innovation Lab in Glebe, Sydney which opened in July as a hub for TPG Telecom and its partners to drive product and technology innovation, including network virtualisation and emerging 5G applications for industry.

    Having successfully completed the initial trials, TPG Telecom and Samsung said they will now expand the scope of their technology collaboration.

    Commenting on the successful trial, Samsung Electronics Australia vice president mobile division Garry McGregor said, “The goal of this trial was to test the capabilities of Samsung’s 5G solutions, including its cutting-edge 5G vRAN, in a range of settings. We have now successfully achieved that, which presents us with the exciting opportunity of continuing to elevate and support 5G network infrastructure in this country. Successfully deploying and conducting the trial even with the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, were a real achievement and show the commitment from both TPG and Samsung to delivering best in class 5G infrastructure.”

    It's refreshing to see another 5G vendor having some success in this market, filling the void left by the banning of Huawei and ZTE in this market. Ericsson and Nokia have been dominating since the Chinese vendors were excluded. With Open RAN and vRAN the mobile operators have the opportunity to cherry-pick different solutions from other vendors at relatively low integration risk.

    This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 12 November 2021.

  • Optus has seen 4.5Gbps 5G mmWave speeds in its initial testing, and is calling its version 'Optus 5G Max'

    If you want to experience 5G at maximum speeds, you'll need to do so using a smartphone capable of accessing 5G mmWave networks. In Australia, the only phone that's capable, for now, is the Google Pixel 6 Pro, although that will surely change in 2022 and beyond.

    Optus MD of Marketing and Revenue, Matt Williams, has written a blog post at the Optus Leaders Insights page, titled: "Taking 5G to the Max with mmWave".

    Williams starts off by noting mmWave is tech talk for "ultra-fast, mega-capacity 5G spectrum," and says with first mmWave capable device launching into Australia this month, this "heralds a new era in 5G technology."

    Explaining "5G mmWave technology ups the ante offering incredible speeds, massive bandwidth and enormous capacity," Williams notes it is "the next generation of 5G, the one that will pave the way in unlocking a multitude of those sci-fi movie use cases, and we’re calling it Optus 5G Max."

    {loadposition alex08}Adding that Optus 5G Max will work alongside our existing 5G network, Williams as "what’s the difference?".

    We're told 5G Max sits in a new league of its own, where we "shift from fast 5G speeds to the fastest 5G speeds."

    Optus has been testing its 5G Max service for the last six months and"really pushing it to its limits to achieve the best results for our customers in anticipation of device launches."

    And the initial testing results are in, with download speeds over 4.5 Gbps reached "in a commercial environment," while speeds greater than 5 Gbps were achieved "in a lab using a fixed wireless modem."

    Excitingly, Williams states "It’s like pushing the “nitro” button on your top-of-the-line sports car to deliver a great leap forward in speed - and we’re only at the very beginning of our rollout."

    Williams made no mention of upload speeds, but in Telstra's test of its George St Telstra store delivering 3.6Gpbs down and 140Mbps up, we can only hope Optus has achieved similarly high upload speeds, too.

    Of course, we're yet to see how fast speeds are when hundreds, thousands and tens of thousands of people and more are using the Optus 5G Max network with mmWave capable devices, but Williams says "with greater network responsiveness, massive capacity and faster than fast speeds, consumers and businesses will see an entire new world of use cases brought to life. Yes, 5G Max will be the catalyst in enabling the driverless cars and remote surgery we hear so much about, but it will also make everyday tasks faster."

    So, what might those real world speeds be like?

    {loadposition alex08}Willams explains: "The average Australian consumer today experiences network speeds in the range of 25-100Mbps via 4G mobile or nbn. With 5G Max we could be looking at speeds 40-80 times faster. In simple terms these speeds would provide the ability to download a two-hour feature film in seconds, rather than minutes. Or for the avid gamer, the reduced latency 5G Max delivers could be the difference between virtual life and death. Buffering? What’s that? As streaming 4K videos in HD on-the-go will become the norm.

    "As it matures, Optus 5G Max will provide the ecosystem for everyday Australians to stream, share and produce the content they want, when they want. Whether in a stadium packed with thousands of other spectators or just at home.

    "For business 5G Max will be transformative, creating the right environment to connect and collaborate seamlessly with colleagues across the country through augmented and virtual reality. For the thousands of businesses who send, receive, and play enormous files each day 5G Max will mean less time spent downloading files and more time spent innovating.

    "And in the enterprise space, at scale, 5G Max will deliver endless possibilities. It will enable next generation factory automation, remote surveillance and remote operations thanks to real-time processing enabled by the low latency of 5G Max.

    "At Optus we’re unlocking an even faster 5G network for our customers with 5G Max. We have some exciting things in the pipeline and can’t wait for our customers to feel the benefits of this latest 5G technology for themselves.

    "The future is faster with Optus 5G Max."

    So, with the first 5G mmWave device launching in Australia next week, and many more mmWave-capable devices to come, 5G's ongoing rollout will hopefully happen even faster, with ever more 5G mmWave to be rolled out around Australia ever faster, too.

    Over at its 5G page, Optus has introduced 5G Max, and states:

    Introducing Optus 5G Max – unlocking an even faster Optus 5G Network experience.

    So, what’s the real difference between Optus 5G and Optus 5G Max? Optus 5G Max is in a new league and spectrum of its own called millimetre wave or mmWave. Here the network shifts into a higher gear for super-fast speeds, massive capacity, and greater network responsiveness."

    Faster speeds
    With ultra-high frequency, the Optus 5G Max network can achieve wireless speeds that were once only possible with fibre optic cables. How fast is that? Reach speeds of up to 4 Gigabits per second that supports high bandwidth uses like 8K video streaming, even across large homes and offices within Optus 5G Max coverage areas.

    Massive capacity
    Optus 5G Max transports more data for more users to enjoy. Think of it as the difference between a single-lane road versus a six-lane expressway. That means many devices can connect at once and everyone still enjoys a great network experience.

    Greater responsiveness
    As the number of devices relying on real-time access to the Cloud explodes, responsiveness is essential. When using a capable Optus 5G Max device, the lightning-fast technology of Optus 5G Max is perfect for things like gaming, where a faster game is always a good game.

    Optus reminds us its 5G Max mmWave is starting to roll out in select areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    Those select areas as of October 20, 2021 are:

    Site Name and State:

    • Huntingdale, VIC
    • Brunswick North, VIC
    • Fitzroy, VIC
    • Abbotsford, VIC
    • Campbellfield, NSW
    • Kings Cross, NSW
    • Rushcutters Bay, NSW
    • Darlinghurst West, NSW
    • North Ryde, NSW
    • Surry Hills, NSW
    • YOS Brisbane Flagship IBC, QLD
    • Strathpine, QLD

    We're also reminded: "Actual speeds and performance will vary The actual speed you will experience depends on a number of factors including congestion, placement of the 5G modem, distance from the 5G tower, local conditions, hardware, software, the data source or destination and general internet traffic."

  • Telstra records 3.6Gbps download speeds and 140Mbps upload speeds on its mmWave 5G network using the new Pixel 6 Pro

    At a 5G mmWave site in Telstra's George St store, Telstra's head of Technology Discovery and Validation, Paul Milford, has achieved speeds of 3.622Gpbs down and 140Mbps up, and while we don't yet know what speeds tens or even hundreds of thousands of people with future 5G mmWave phones will be getting, this is still an impressive achievement.

    Paul Milford is Telstra's CoE Lead - Technology Discovery and Validation, and he's not one for mmWavering when it comes to taking advantage of the latest technologies, but instead, surfing the mmWaves to the tune of mighty fine multi-gigabit speeds.

    Using one of Google's brand new Pixel 6 Pro smartphones, which are available for pre-order now and which are available from October 29 onwards, Milford shared a screenshot in his LinkedIn post that shows a 3.622Gbps download speed, and importantly, an upload speed of 140Mbps.

    Upload speeds in the modern era are just as important as download speeds, with the amount of upload bandwidth making a difference to the quality of the image people see when you connect with them via Zoom (although the quality of your computer's webcam or device's front facing camera makes a difference, too), but it also determines how smooth remote control of other computers feels, how smooth remote working feels, how fast your devices upload and backup data to the cloud, and more.

    So the 3.6Gbps download speed is fantastic, and a 140Mbps upload speed is great to see, too.

    {loadposition alex08}

    Of course, it will be fascinating to see what speeds on mmWave networks are achieved once hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, and eventually hundreds of thousands and millions of people are connecting to mmWave 5G networks, but just as 2G, 3G and 4G networks and devices delivered ever faster ways to transfer data, so too will 5G be receiving all kinds of updates to ensure ever faster speeds, connectivity and capacity, too .

    Indeed, Telstra reminds us that mmWave is the next stage in the evolution of 5G, Telstra's or otherwise, and that "5G already dramatically improves the capacity of the network, but mmWave multiplies that by a factor of ten and can deliver even faster speeds."

    We also reminded: "mmWave signal only travels a few hundred metres from a cell, so it is best suited for areas of intensive customer demand such as transport hubs, shopping districts and even sports stadiums or tourism hotspots, such as the Sydney Opera House at New Year’s Eve. mmWave can allow tens of thousands of people at such locations to connect, stream or upload photographs simultaneously."

    So, how many mmWave 5G sites are already installed in Australia, with that figure clearly not enough for Apple to launch its iPhone 13 Pro models with mmWave 5G capabilities in Australia as yet, but which they'll presumably be ready to go with in 2022 and the iPhone 14, and which Google certainly was ready to go with on its Pixel 6 Pro model?

    Telstra explains it has "already begun rolling out mmWave 5G with 65 sites currently live and plans to nearly triple that number before the end of the calendar year."

    In addition, among others, Telstra currently has mmWave sites live providing coverage around the following locations:

    • The QVB, Opera House and Darling Harbour in Sydney,
    • The MCG and Flinders Lane in Melbourne
    • And Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

    So, to catch the mmWave, you'll need an mmWave capable 5G phone, and in Australia, that is the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

    Clearly, however, we'll see plenty more mmWave 5G in the months to come as mmWave 5G is rolled out ever more widely, not only by Telstra, but by Optus and Vodafone too, although we expect Telstra will be leading the race to have the widest 5G mmWave footprint first, as is the case with its 5G, 4G and 3G networks.

    Here's Telstra's Exchange blog post on 50 of its young engineers testing the 5G mmWave network. 

    So, the future is mmWaving to you, and with one of the new Google Pixel 6 Pro models, in an mmWave equipped location, you can mmWave right back!

  • Hills takes on Siklu distribution

    mmWave fixed wireless specialist Siklu's full range of products are now available through security and networking technology supplier Hills Australia.

    Siklu's range covers gigabit-speed, end-to-end products for market sectors including security, smart cities, backhaul and critical infrastructure.

    These products are used in high-security facilities such as power plants and petrochemical production, for temporary events and as part of critical backhaul network infrastructure for broadband access and Wi-Fi services, such as that for the town of Gawler, north of Adelaide, the company said.

    "Siklu is a key vendor of technology for wireless backhaul and last mile connectivity for wireless ISPs, mining and municipal surveillance," said Hills general manager IT product sales Carl Jefferys.

    {loadposition stephen08}

    "The opportunity for Hills to distribute the Siklu portfolio is an exciting one as the products are complementary to our IP networking and surveillance security solutions."

    Siklu CEO Ronen Ben-Hamou said "Siklu looks forward to working with Hills to meet the ever-increasing demand for higher bandwidth solutions across Australia.

    "We are looking forward to the opportunities resulting from this partnership, particularly in the security networks sector, and solving the 'gigabit gap' challenge that customers often face when fibre is unavailable, is too expensive or takes too long to deploy."

  • Samsung and TPG Telecom to trial Australia’s first 5G vRAN with integrated 26GHz mmWave solution

    Samsung announced that the company will conduct what they claim to be Australia’s first 5G virtualised RAN (vRAN) trial on 26GHz.

    In the trial Samsung will place its vRAN solution in TPG Telecom’s innovation lab in Glebe, NSW.

    Additionally, Samsung’s latest 5G mmWave product Compact Macro will be deployed in the wider Glebe area.

    The announcement follows the launch of Samsung’s Networks Business in Australia in April 2021. The company says it has been exploring the delivery of Samsung’s leading 5G mmWave technologies to the nation.

    {loadposition chris08}

    TPG Telecom operates the Vodafone brand in Australia. Recently, TPG Telecom invested AU$108 million to acquire spectrum in all available licence areas in the 26GHz band. Samsung comment that with abundant mmWave spectrum, TPG Telecom will be able to offer high speed data services and immersive use cases for its mobile and home users. TPG Telecom’s extensive fibre assets combined with a network of small cells will enable the deployment of vRAN architecture.

    For the trial, Samsung will provide its Compact Macro and vRAN solution. Samsung’s latest 5G Compact Macro brings together a baseband, radio and antenna in a single form-factor. Samsung say the compact and lightweight solution can be easily installed on the sides of buildings, as well as on utility poles, for the swift build-out of 5G networks. Samsung’s commercial vRAN solution is built on the company’s independently developed stack, and runs on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) servers.

    Samsung says it has commercially deployed its vRAN solution in wide scale for global Tier 1 operators’ networks in markets outside of Australia, and recently expanded its capability to support 3.5GHz Massive MIMO radio.

    Samsung say their 5G vRAN on mmWave is already commercially deployed in global markets, including Japan, Korea and the U.S. and has the capacity to support multi-gigabit speeds.

    TPG Telecom CEO Iñaki Berroeta said, “We are very pleased to partner with Samsung as part of our new Innovation Lab to drive product and technology innovation by trialing virtualisation,” said, CEO at.

    “Deploying mmWave spectrum on our 5G network together with vRAN architecture will allow us to develop exciting 5G use cases for industry verticals and enable the delivery of even faster speeds and greater capacity for our customers.”

    Samsung Electronics executive vice president head of global sales & marketing networks business Woojune Kim said “Samsung is excited to begin this trial with TPG Telecom powered by our innovative 5G vRAN solution and latest integrated 26GHz mmWave product, which will be the first in Australia.

    “Through a combination of our powerful 5G solutions and ongoing efforts in 5G development, Samsung looks forward to helping TPG Telecom gain the full benefits of 5G to reshape the value of mobile experiences for users and enterprises.”

    It is good to see Samsung back in the mobile infrastructure business in Australia. The last success they had in this region was, I believe, the Hutchison CDMA Network launched under the Orange brand back in late 1999. Samsung will bring some much needed competition to the two dominant incumbents Nokia and Ericsson.

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments