ECI Telecom expands BG-Wave radio to address LTE/4G cell site demands

ECI Telecom, a global provider of next-generation network solutions, announced that it is expanding its BG-Wave family of carrier-grade microwave radio with a new all-outdoor packet offering, to cost-effectively address the expected significant growth in the number of small-sized and high-capacity cell sites in the deployment of LTE/4G networks.

The new offering includes the BGW-OE, utilizing the conventional microwave spectrum (6 to 38 GHz), and the AR (All-Outdoor Radio) series, which utilizes the E-band spectrum (71-76/81-86 GHz).

ECI is introducing the BG-Wave AR series of all-outdoor, pure packet, high-capacity radios. The AR series is highly compact and lightweight, and features low power consumption, allowing power over Ethernet (PoE). It supports full Layer 2 networking capabilities while utilizing a zero footprint architecture all the way to the last mile of wireless backhauling.

The AR series use the economical and less congested E-band spectrum to deliver up to 1 Gbps. It is the first cost and performance-optimized E-band offering for last-mile backhaul applications, leading to significant reductions in total cost-of-ownership.

Complementing ECI’s end-to-end microwave solution, ECI is introducing the BGW-OE, a compact outdoor enclosure for the BG-Wave series of packet and All-Native multiservice radio nodes (MRANs), utilizing the conventional microwave spectrum. This enclosure is best suited for sites where putting an indoor unit would be physically impossible or cost-prohibitive.

With the BGW-OE, network operators have an outdoor nodal solution, with up to six radio directions, supporting both pure packet and hybrid microwave links, and any advanced network topology (mesh, ring, daisy chain, protected point-to-point).

The BGW-OE provides full networking and multiservice capabilities including MPLS-TP and CES (Circuit Emulation) and includes advanced features like XPIC (Cross Polarized Interference Cancellation) to support high capacity links.

These new offerings complement ECI’s 1Net Wireless Backhaul Solution for a complete and cost-effective migration to next-generation networks, while addressing operators’ day-to-day and strategic challenges.

ECI’s new offerings address specific pain points of our customers today, namely how to deploy effective wireless  backhauling in new small, high-capacity cell sites,” said Alon Moshes, head of Radio Line of Business, ECI Telecom.

With this all-outdoor packet radio solution, we are expanding our toolkit offering to cope with the new backhaul  paradigm imposed by the significant growth in the number of new small cell sites. These new offerings complement our 1Net Wireless Backhaul Solution, which delivers any service over any medium be it copper, fiber or wireless.

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