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.
In an initiative conducted together with Siklu, a manufacturer of fixed 5G wireless communications millimeter-wave (mmWave) equipment for gigabit wireless access (GWA), smart city and security networks, Schréder, a manufacturer of outdoor lighting systems, will make a wireless smart pole for smart cities. A module from Siklu will be put to use in a Schreder Shuffle smart pole that features equipment for smart city services and gigabit wireless connectivity provided by the Siklu MultiHaul line of radios in a sleek streetlight unit.
Schréder makes the Shuffle smart pole with rotatable and interchangeable modules that seamlessly integrate various LED lighting options, security cameras, Wi-Fi access points, electric vehicle charging sockets, audio speakers and small cells for 4G and 5G mobile networks.
Other ways of adding such features to existing poles in cities or on campuses result is an unsightly Christmas-tree look, with boxes and wires protruding everywhere. In addition, these devices need connectivity – fiber where available, but often, wireless. Adding a wireless connectivity device externally can exacerbate the aesthetics problem.
The module on the Shuffle smart pole solves this problem by integrating cameras, and wireless access points and the mmWave MultiHaul radios into a sleek unit measuring 9 to 21 feet tall, depending on what modules are chosen.
The MultiHaul radio provides just under 2 Gbps of capacity, operating in the license-free 60-GHz band, which is widely supported around the world. With this version, Shuffle smart poles can connect with each other in a daisy chain or in a point-to-multipoint topology. The latter has one smart pole with a base unit that can connect as many as eight additional smart poles. With a flexible fiber or copper interface to a POP (fiber point of presence), this combined solution makes deployment of next-generation smart city services cost-effective and easier to deploy.
Furthermore, cities and campuses looking to add advanced services do not have to replace every streetlight pole currently installed, because the Shuffle smart poles’ Wi-Fi and camera capabilities allow them to be installed periodically into an existing streetlight topology. The smart pole is designed to be environmentally friendly with LED lighting and low overall power consumption. The Shuffle smart pole also eliminates the possible need for trenching and other street work to connect a smart pole to a fiber Internet connection, which also would reduce installation time.
“We are tremendously excited to continue our leadership in next generation street assets with the launch of the new Shuffle wireless backhaul module together with Siklu,” said Cristian Tanase, smart pole program manager at Schréder. “City infrastructure is an ideal vehicle for Wi-Fi hotspots, and built-in cameras offer an unobtrusive security overlay. This new module is a win-win for cities and campuses alike, bringing gigabit wireless connectivity and helping lower the civil works budget needed to otherwise install such a product.”
Ronen Ben-Hamou, CEO of Siklu, said that smart Cities require advanced gigabit connection solutions to tie all the smart applications together. “The new Shuffle smart pole with integrated gigabit wireless from Siklu leads the way in meeting this requirement and delivers on ease of deployment in an aesthetically pleasing form factor.”
Providing security for the U.S. national monuments is one of the primary concerns for the National Park Service. What these treasures have in common is the minimal availability of wireline connectivity to support video surveillance and other security systems. This is the case for the Statue of Liberty National Monument located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, which is supported by a network of video cameras, generating hundreds of megabits of traffic. All of this traffic needed to be off-loaded from the island to the mainland’s fiber network.
Siklu’s millimeter wave (mmWave) solution was been deployed by Convergint at the Statue of Liberty to deliver high speed, secure and interference-free Gigabit fiber extension to Liberty Island in the New York Harbor.
The major challenge of this project was the absence of high-speed network connections. There was no wireline connection between Liberty Island on one end and Manhattan or New Jersey on another. Additionally, due to the harbor’s heavy ship traffic and water reflection interference, it was problematic to connect the island with the mainland using conventional wireless radio connection. To upgrade Statue’s security system, the National Park Service reached out to Convergint Technologies.
Siklu’s mmWave links, which were used to connect Battery Park and Liberty Park to Ellis Island, and ultimately Liberty Island, reduced the height requirements for the Statue’s wireless network. Due to the narrow pencil beams used in mmWave, the network’s radio connections can avoid heavy ship traffic of New York Harbor, and thus do not need to be mounted on hundred-foot towers. Additionally, the mmWave’s frequencies, along with the narrow beams, help to ensure that not only interference is not a concern for Statue’s network connections today, but it will never be an issue in the future.
The surveillance network consists of an array of Axis HD fixed, pan-tilt-zoom, and thermal cameras that are now all connected to the mainland via Siklu mmWave. The recorded video footage is reviewed and managed by the security team through Genetec’s Security Center unified platform. The project was successfully deployed at the beginning of 2020. As a result of its vast capacity upgrade, the Statue’s security system received a high-speed, secure, and interference-free connection with the mainland. Additionally, with the amount of available capacity, the Statue’s network is ready for future scalability and is capable of supporting any additional applications that may arise.
Siklu is extending its gigabit solutions portfolio to offer the SmartHaul Wireless Network Design Engine (WiNDE), which accelerates time to deployment by automating complex mmWave network designs.
Siklu has long been an industry leader in gigabit wireless connectivity, positioned with the largest choice of Gigabit Wireless Access (GWA) and aggregation radios and delivering up to 10Gbps Full Duplex throughput in PtP and over 2Gbps in PtMP configurations. WiNDE is part of a complete SmartHaul SaaS Application suite, including Financial Analysis Calculators and a Range Estimator tool. This suite of software apps gives customers the tools they need to plan a mmWave network from a business case perspective all the way to an actual network design. Siklu customers enjoy a true comprehensive end-to-end solution from planning to deployment.
Siklu SmartHaul WiNDE automates the many tasks involved in designing a complete mmWave wireless network supporting both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint products in a mixed topology. This tool reduces days of complex work and tedious details to mere hours. Intuitive and easy to use, the five-step wizard will guide a user with 40 years or 40 days of network design experience to the same swift conclusions. WiNDE calculates thousands of possible designs in an iterative process to optimize the network for performance or cost. The user can specify where the wireline or fiber connections are and use this to derive the optimal network design. The results are presented graphically and numerically for easy evaluation of the outcome.
“With over 100 cities and 60,000 Siklu deployments, Siklu SmartHaul Apps pack 10 years of leadership in mmWave network deployments and business models into a set of planning and operations tools. A growing set of apps hosted in the cloud or on premise accelerate your time to decision and deployment,” said Siklu’s CEO Eyal Assa. “Additional SmartHaul™ software tools will be announced over the course of 2018.”
Now that the 2014 MWC is behind us, a good indicator of what is going to happen in the next year and what is staging in various segments of the mobile wireless arena can be mined from who was there, what went on and what was popular.
One of the main focuses, to no one’s surprise was a small cells. There were significant indicators and a constant buzz about where small cells are going and what they are going to accomplish. So look for vendors and MNOs to start seeing small cells as a growth and revenue opportunity, especially once carrier-grade Wi-Fi and seamless Wi-Fi roaming come onto the scene.
Indoor networks got a lot of attention. Of note, SpiderCloud, which has for some time now been on the leading edge of small cell networks, has intensified its effort in working with Vodafone to expand, further, Vodafone’s densification/in-building coverage effort.
Siklu has come to the table with a small cell backhaul solution in the 60 GHz band. This is a cutting-edge technology for street-level small cell deployments, for connecting them to the enterprise. The Siklu solution was designed for easy installation and minimal setup issues by innovative technologies such as self-alignment and zero touch configuration where commissioning and provisioning is done remotely from a centralized location.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Mike Schable, vice president of its small cell division, said it is doing significant, commercial small cell pilot deployments. According to Schable, the OEM now at the stage where “we just have to make sure we have our playbooks and recipes fine-tuned for wide scale deployment,” with the commercial pilots.
Much of the small cell activity was around 3G indoor (Enterprise) and LTE outdoor (Urban). LTE HetNets are seen as a longer term solution for capacity. Residential femtocells still have a place in the market especially where integrated into a broadband modem or set-top box, driven by a different business case than before.
Virtual Wi-Fi has arrived. Devicescape has a platform called Amenity Wi-Fi networks designed for mobile operators. The latest layer to this platform is termed by the company as “always best connected” capability. According to Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape, “This is a way for mobile operators to integrate their traditional mobile network alongside of Wi-Fi networks.”
“Always Best Connected” is a second-generation Wi-Fi offload platform that brings in the concept of policies, which allow decisions to be made by the system as to which network to be used by the subscriber (4G\LTE or Wi-Fi.)
Coming soon to your small cell home – MiFi. Novatel, in conjunction with Verizon Wireless, has a new platform for the home called MiFi. It is a next generation home router replacement that does simultaneous voice and data. It integrates VoIP, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, and the standard Ethernet connection for Internet access. The device is also portable so it can be taken along on business trip or vacations to establish a femtocell network anywhere.
There is of course, lots more but these are some highlights.
— Ernest Worthman, Executive Editor, Small Cells magazine