QualityStocks would like to highlight DragonWave Inc. (NASDAQ: DRWI), providing wireless Ethernet equipment for Internet protocol networks worldwide. The company designs, develops, markets, and sells carrier-grade microwave radio frequency networking equipment that wirelessly transmit broadband voice, video, and other data between two points.
In the company’s news yesterday,
DragonWave announced that field tests have been completed on its Horizon packet microwave products and the results have confirmed the functionality of higher modulation modes up to 2048 QAM. The tests were conducted in Odessa, Ukraine, the nation’s south Bay City. DragonWave worked in coordination with its in-country partner UKROM and their customer, Intertelecom, on the deployments and analysis for the field test. Intertelecom is one of the largest wireless service providers in the country.
Throughout field-testing, the higher modulation of the Horizon products established the radios’ ability to transport as much as 37 percent more data through existing microwave channels. An improvement of this magnitude will significantly improve spectral efficiency, as well as lower the operator’s cost per bit. The testing was done in concert with dual channel operation and DragonWave’s unique Bandwidth Accelerator feature. These two features, in conjunction with the higher modulation, more than tripled the capacity to more than 1.3 Gbps in this test.
DragonWave is the first packet microwave supplier to offer the cutting edge 2048 QAM radios. These improved radios provide mobile operators tested and proven radios with significantly more total link capacity compared to competitive products. A simple software download is all it takes for customers to acquire this new capability. All Horizon packet microwave radios support Hitless Automatic Adaptive Modulation, bringing operators the benefits of increased capacity by using higher modes when link properties permit-even on existing links that have been designed for lower modulation modes.
To date, DragonWave has shipped over 800 Horizon links to Intertelecom through its local integration partner, UKRCOM.
“We explored other options for increasing link capacity such as XPIC, but we soon realized that DragonWave’s solution of coupling higher modulation modes with Hitless Automatic Adaptive Modulation allows us to meet the growing backhaul demands without needing to re-engineer existing links or purchase additional radios,” said Boris Akulov, CEO at Intertelecom. “In effect, we have found a very cost efficient and streamlined means to triple our network capacity.”
With 2048 QAM, customers can achieve greater than 500 Mbps of transport in a Horizon Compact+ all-outdoor system and up to 1 Gbps when DragonWave’s Bandwidth Accelerator compression technology is included. Horizon Quantum can deliver two carriers per radio, each capable of higher order modulation and compression, delivering up to 2 Gbps in a single radio.
“The successful field testing of 2048 QAM marks another milestone in DragonWave being first to market with technology and innovation that sets us apart from the competition,” said DragonWave CEO Peter Allen. “We congratulate our Ukrainian customers on their performance results and are encouraged to be expanding our market share in an important and growing region for microwave transport.”
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