There is a Dilbert comic strip that has him interacting with his boss discussing building a wireless network. His boss says “It’s wireless. How hard could it be to not install wired?”
At MWC2014 service providers are making it clear that they need all the help they can get. For example, an operator in Africa (he was the services planning director) walked into our booth asking about our voice-over-IP (VoIP) services. He heard of our recently released C3VoIP-150 Gateway solution. C3VoIP-150 is an analog telephone adaptor (ATA) that connects analog telephones to a digital VoIP telephone system.
Service providers currently using Cambium Networks' ePMP™ and PMP 450 solutions can seamlessly integrate this new hardware in their networks to offer subscribers VoIP service and realize a new revenue stream. Using power over Ethernet (PoE), the C3VoIP-150 powers the ePMP and the PMP 450 remote module (RM) to further simplify deployment.
The service provider community is also buzzing about Small Cell Backhaul (SCBH). Albeit that Wi-Fi is now also sharing the stage, SCBH is still a major part of service providers’ network architecture. The key requirements are to:
improve customer experience
utilize real time analytics to drive monetization
According to the Small Cell Forum, a capacity-driven case study in urban area yields a net present value (NPV) of USD $28m and return on investment (ROI) of 136% for outdoor urban small cells. Service providers see PTP 650S value in handling non-line-of-sight (NLOS) as part of their toolbox to address their varying deployment needs for SCBH.
People were walking up talking about this “new” NLOS capability from others. What they don’t realize is that Cambium Networks has been doing NLOS for over 10 years. The PTP 650 and PTP 650S have the field-proven DNA of handling NLOS environments with several interference mitigation techniques. Self-optimizing networking (SON) is another capability that Cambium has had for a long time as well. Our distributed SON (D-SON) capability called Dynamic Spectrum Optimization (DSO)™ enables Service Providers to maintain a high quality, highly reliable RF connection with a built-in spectrum analyzer in the PTP 650 and PTP 650S. DSO is a D-SON capability where the entire wideband spectrum is scanned in real time and dynamically switches over to the clearest channel without interrupting traffic.
I think Dilbert understands how challenging it is to design and deploy a fixed wireless broadband network. But since he has a boss, we can help him make it simpler…even without wires!
A few weeks back, a friend posted on Facebook that they had returned from a run and lost 2 miles on their tracker. They were disappointed. We have become addicted to measuring our fitness, and want full credit for every step.
I’ve been diligently tracking my daily mileage covered while on foot at #MWC2014. The conference venue is huge with 8 halls covering an area the size of 14 European football fields or 19 American football fields. Yesterday, I thought I would make a significant leap when I ran down to Hall 3 to visit #Cisco from our booth in Hall 7. But when it all came down to it, my distance covered improved slightly with 3.1 miles logged or 4.96 kilometers (it sounds better in metric).
But today, I suffered a big disappointment when the system stopped registering progress at 0.88 miles. It has been at the same distance since 10 am this morning and I’ve been to Hall 2 and back, and deep into Halls 3 and 5. So there are missing miles because GPS signal was lost for most of the day, and there could be lost miles from the first 2 days (I feel like I’ve run a few marathons and my feet are not my own anymore). At one point, I headed outside to see if it would pick up GPS signal and rectify the situation, but that was unsuccessful.
With service providers looking to deploy small cells indoors and outdoors, the choice of timing solutions in network equipment will bear great importance. Urban canyons and indoor deployments favor network based time solutions such as 1588v2 (IEEE 1588-2008) or Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE).
The PTP 650S point to point solution leverages 1588v2 and SyncE to backhaul Small Cell traffic and provide reliable timing for 3G and 4G / LTE networks.
Time differences – a fine reason to take the afternoon off and watch your team skate to victory. Last Wednesday at 9pm Sochi time and noon in Ontario, Canada, the Canadian men’s hockey team took to the ice and beat Latvia in a nail-biting quarterfinal game. Soon after, we received this graphic from Paul Stewart, Senior Network Architect at Nexicom, a Cambium Networks customer in Ontario, evoking our own feelings of victory:
The bottom line shows average activity and the top line reveals the tremendous spikes in network usage that occurred during the match. Nexicom’s network includes PTP 600 backhauls connecting PMP 100 and PMP 320 modules, and is adding PMP 450 to further bolster throughput for video streaming. Video content drives traffic volume, and our PTP and PMP solutions are designed with high throughput and low latency to support bandwidth-intensive applications like streaming video. We are proud that our technology enabled fans to watch their team play.
Nexicom reported that traffic records were shattered last Thursday afternoon when the Canadian women’s hockey team won gold over Team USA in an exciting 3-2 OT final. Results were even higher when the Canadian men’s team prevailed over USA in the following day, with network traffic increasing by a factor of 8X over normal.
The spirit of the Olympics has always been competitiveness with equanimity. Some of the best stories of the Games are of athletes who steadied their dreams on medals from a young age. From the sidelines, we ensure that no matter where they are and what time it is, the families, friends and fans of these dedicated individuals get to watch them skate, ski, bobsled and curl without the frustration of buffering interruptions caused by an overloaded network. We at Cambium Networks are highly focused on delivering broadband connectivity solutions that perform like champions.
We just wrapped up a very busy Day 2 at #MWC2014. I was fortunate enough to visit #Cisco, and view some demonstrations of the #MWC14 WIFI analytics of all social media surrounding the show. With over 70,000 registered attendees, the average total FIRA traffic is running at about 600 Mbps.
There's been a lot of great debate about the amount of capacity required to backhaul Small Cells. When you look at how much capacity is required for this venue, the geographic coverage area over 8 halls, and the fact that we are all heads down connected, you have to ask yourself how much is enough.
Last week, Cambium Networks announced the 450 Mbps PTP 650S optimized in size and weight, and functions in both LOS and NLOS environments. It is ideally suited for municipal level deployments where coverage is challenging due to foliage.
NON-LINE OF SIGHT PERFORMANCE
TIMING & FREQUENCY
- up to 450 Mbps
- IEEE 1588v2
- Comprehensive Network Management Tool
- Secure Management
We have come a long way in the communication industry. We rely on our smartphone devices for everything–voice, email, online transactions, watching the Olympics, alarm clock, calendar, and many use it as a wearable as well. We will notice our phone is missing well before our wallet these days.
At Cambium Networks our mission is Connecting the Unconnected™. Our newest platform the ePMP™ 1000 is designed specifically to connect people and businesses in under-served or unconnected communities: areas of low population density that were challenging to connect in the past.
With the proliferation of devices and the availability of off-the-shelf components, equipment manufacturers are now able to design solutions that can deliver the quality and reliability we have grown accustomed to at an affordable price. It is truly a technology that enables service providers to confidently enter new markets.
Consider these factors that enable the ROI and business case:
- The four sector site MSRP with GPS Synchronization is $2,800 USD, and each remote station MSRP is $99 USD.
- The combined four sector solution delivers over 800 Mbps capacity to approximately 480 remote stations.
Cambium Networks is a member of and supports the Alliance for Affordable Internet to promote the adoption of affordable access technologies. The organization's vision is to help billions more users to come online (with a particular focus on low-income countries) and to make universal access a reality.
So it looks like this event is hitting new highs with over 70,000 registered attendees. And day one kicked off strong, having us pegged to our booth most of the day (hint: I am warming up for an excuse on my low mileage numbers for distance covered at the show).
Top 5 key trends coming into the show are:
1. Wearables: There was a long line at the Fitbit booth to take the MWC challenge and measure distance walked and number of steps.
2. Operating systems
3. Devices: There are a number of new devices announced including the Samsung 5S .
4. Connected Cars and Homes
Cambium Networks has a play in connecting things, or the Internet of Things (IOT), and having communications systems to capture the data from “things” is going to become more prevalent as more companies add sensors, monitors and more to their enterprises and homes.
Cambium has also been a strong participant in connecting homes. With the proliferation of video on demand, and user generated content in the homes, consumers need flexibility in the type of traffic they receive. The traditional DSL traffic pattern favoring downstream delivery is being strained with consumers wanting symmetrical traffic to handle all their home applications and cloud-based services. Cambium solutions are designed to provide operators with down-link / up-link flexibility at varying ratios.
Downlink / Uplink Ratio
(1% variable between)
75 / 25
85 / 15
50 / 50
50 / 50
30 / 70
15 / 85
Our mission is Connecting the Unconnected™ and connecting the next 5 billion people is at the heart of everything we do. At Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote tonight, he spoke of 3 key pillars to achieve universal coverage:
1. Lowering access costs of Internet
2. Ensuring data consumed by apps are as efficient as possible
3. Increasing the number of up-sells to subscriptions
Cambium Networks launched the ePMP platform and significantly lowered the access cost of secure and reliable broadband access designed to Connect the Unconnected. We bring item #1 to the table.
Now back to that morning challenge I gave myself. Before looking at my results on Runtastic, I must preface that I was fortunate to sneak into the Fira via Hall 8 and sneak to our booth location in hall 7 saving me that marathon walk on the way in, although I did get it on the way out. I’ve had one too many espresso’s today (am up to 4 so far today, and I’m definitely not leading that count based on other attendees around me).
Day 1 distance covered since 8 am this morning……tomorrow will be better!