ComSovereign Holding’s DragonWave, a maker of products suitable for supporting small cell networks and enterprise networks, and Siklu, a privately held company backed by investment funds and private investors, have added to their product lines ultra-high-capacity and long-range millimeter-wave (mmWave radios) designed to deliver multigigabit connections up to 6 miles or more with fiber-equivalent reliability of 99.999 percent. In its enterprise applications, the radios support wide-area and local-area network extensions.
The product line, known as Extend, represents the next evolution of reliable, multigigabit millimeter-wave wireless access, combining highest-power packet microwave technology of DragonWave’s Harmony product line with Siklu’s EtherHaul E-Band (70/80 GHz) radios, a statement from ComSovereign reads.
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 organizations, states and local municipalities, ComSovereign said.
“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,” said Dustin McIntire, chief technology officer at ComSovereign Holding. He said that the product expansion allows DragonWave to provide network operators high-performance, long-range and reliable wireless transport.
Ronen Ben-Hamou, CEO of Siklu, said that network operators around the world have already embraced the capabilities and performance benefits of millimeter-wave technology for their most demanding connectivity challenges.
“Together with DragonWave, Extend redefines the performance and reliability of millimeter-wave wireless networking, helping us deliver on the promise of multigigabit wireless capacity,” Ben-Hamou said.
Siklu’s EtherHaul Extend18 and DragonWave’s Harmony Extend 80 are the first products in the Extend line of ultra-resilient, dual-band packet microwave radios, according to ComSovereign.
“Extend combines a pair of Siklu multigigabit EtherHaul Kilo radios operating in the popular 70/80 GHz bands with DragonWave’s Harmony enhanced high-power, carrier-grade packet microwave solutions operating in the licensed 18 GHz band, to provide unmatched communications range and reliability even in adverse weather situations,” the statement reads.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
Tom Ferris, director U.S. sales at Alliance, said that Alliance is a master distributor in the United States and Canada of both DragonWave Microwave and Siklu millimeter-wave solutions. He described its value as compelling and said that it provides DragonWave customers additional bandwidth for 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 70/80 GHz 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,” Ferris said.
Extend is available from authorized systems integrators and distributors, including Alliance, Baltic Networks, DoubleRadius and Winncom Technologies.