Aviat enhances capacity of microwave radio for telecoms

Aviat NetworksMicrowave networking company Aviat Networks announced a new platform of radios — WTM 4000 — offering up to 2.5 Gbps uncompressed throughput per radio transceiver, the highest capacity ever delivered in a microwave radio.

The telecom technology company said that the WTM 4000 offers a breakthrough in microwave backhaul performance for wireless networks. WTM 4000 is also the industry’s first purpose-built IP-SDN radio with an integrated IP/MPLS software stack and built-in support for SDN protocols like NETCONF/YANG and OpenFlow for network automation.

“With the WTM 4000, Aviat is setting a new bar for microwave radio capacity – with innovative features for TCO reduction — and a bridge for IP/MPLS and SDN-based solutions of tomorrow,” said Michael Pangia, president and CEO, Aviat Networks.

Aviat said the WTM4000 platform is based on advanced microwave RF Integrated Circuit and multi-core modem technologies.

The latest microwave radio from Aviat will have variants spanning all microwave frequency bands from 6 to 42GHz. WTM 4000, using Adaptive Dual Carrier (A2C) feature, can enable two channels over a single radio transceiver increasing the capacity by two times.

Lower power consumption, decreased weight, reduced cost per megabit and higher reliability are the main gains from Aviat’s WTM 4000 radio.

The company said WTM 4000 also enables maximum flexibility with its zero-footprint capability for mounting on building walls or outdoor infrastructure like lampposts – suitable for enterprise and urban small cell connectivity.

Telecom operators can also benefit from WTM 4000’s Pay-For-Use (PFU) software scheme that allows operators to pay for software enabled capability only as they use it. PFU simplifies the management of software licenses network-wide, significantly reducing operations complexity and lowering total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Automation will be an essential tool to simplify networks and reduce Opex. Support for SDN protocols will be essential to meeting operator goals of standards-based, network-wide automation across microwave and fiber technology as well as core and access network domains,” said Richard Webb, research director at IHS Markit.