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The latest global CEO survey conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers confirms what we’ve been seeing around the world.  CEOs ranked cybersecurity threats as their second biggest concern.  Sixty-nine percent of respondents are worried that that cybersecurity threats will inhibit growth. In his blog, PwC’s global & U.S. advisory cybersecurity leader David Burg wrote, “The 2014 breaches made it much easier for senior executives to understand the risks, hence their recognition of concern.” Blog-SecurityBackhaul.jpg

Many of these concerns can be alleviated by network infrastructure and strategy that minimizes cybersecurity risk. Cambium Networks’ PTP products are used in applications such as national border security, first responder backhaul, video surveillance, critical infrastructure protection (CIP) and military situational awareness.  Our years of experience in these applications and ongoing investment in cybersecurity functionality continue to lead the market in four areas of concern that help reduce business risk: 

  1. Deploying private networks as leased line replacements to bring security and reliability within their own control

  2. Deploying resilient backup links to provide high availability for critical services

  3. Staging or pre-configuring links for rapid deployment in disaster recovery situations

  4. Deploying video surveillance in all areas of the business to monitor and protect physical assets and control access to remote areas of the enterprise 

Whether deployed as a leased line replacement, campus connectivity between buildings, a resilient backup link or as a rapid deployment in a disaster recover scenario, fixed wireless backhaul products incorporate security capabilities in all aspects of design to meet strict cybersecurity requirements without sacrificing throughput and latency. 

  • Physical Security – tamper-evident seals, built-in denial of service attack mitigation, encryption of software images and configuration data

  • Data Security – 128- and 256-bit AES encryption, use of non-standard headers to prevent snooping attacks

  • Management Security – roles-based user access, audit trails, password rules, secure interfaces, centralized authentication and access control

  • Process Security – Third party validation of design, source code reviews, vulnerability assessment scans

Solutions from Cambium Networks are a key part of implementing an overall information assurance program mitigating cybersecurity threats by preventing, detecting and recovering from network breaches. For more information on our leased line solutions, download our white paper.

This March, there was another type of madness going on. Meerkat Madness. Without warning, news about this hot new live streaming app popped up everywhere, from TechCrunch to Fortune to Vogue. Piggybacking off of Twitter (which is blog-Our prediction live streaming video.jpgretaliating with Periscope),  Meerkat allows anyone to become a broadcaster with a few taps that starts your live stream and sends a tweet to all of your followers to let them know that you’re doing something worth dropping everything to watch. 

What could that be? Well as with any social app, uploads can range from the mundane to the magical. Dan Pfeiffer, President Obama’s former senior advisor, thinks the app’s power goes far beyond filming your children skiing for the first time or the view from the front row at a U2 concert. He predicts that Meerkat will be a game-changer for the 2016 US presidential election by giving anyone with a mobile device the ability to live-stream video and turning all voters, reporters and campaigners into independent, guerilla broadcast networks. With Meerkat, gone may be the days of reading campaign trail recaps filtered through the media’s points of view. Knowledge will be the force of progress as viewers form their own opinions of the 47 percent moments caught on Meerkat. 

This application may be to the 2016 election what Facebook and Twitter were to 2008 and 2012 because communications networks have grown to support the real-time push of millions of 140 character tweets, selfies with presidential hopefuls and now, video livestreams. Cambium Networks’ broadband wireless solutions are optimized for streaming video, voice and data in challenging environments like the open ocean or the desert. We have seen video streaming shift from something only the military needed to monitor ports and bases to something every home required when Netflix debuted. With live video streaming gaining traction, networks will need to be equipped with configurable uplink and downlink ratios to facilitate the direct contact between voters and campaigns Pfeiffer purports will determine the outcome of 2016. 

Worldwide, Cambium Networks strives to proliferate this immediate, direct access to information that citizens care about and have a right to know. We’ll be watching the development of Meerkat and its use in the upcoming U.S. elections with interest, and look forward facilitating the use of similar applications in unconnected/under-connected communities.

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We are excited to invite you once again to join the ePMP product group for a technical hands-on seminar in your city. We completed ePMP’s 2014 tour with a total of 50 seminars around the world and have made it a goal to double the number of locations in 2015.

Once again, we will bring subject matter experts to the seminars, provide hands on training and insight into the platform roadmap, and most importantly, gather feedback on your deployments. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact directly with the product team in an informal setting, make suggestions and share experiences.

Highlighted topics in 2015 will include but are not limited to:

  • Deploying a successful frequency re-use system

  • Deploying applications such as VOIP, CCTV and IPTV

  • Optimizing your system for performance

  • Debugging and troubleshooting

  • Demonstration of new features

Please check our website frequently as we will be updating locations and dates throughout the year. Don’t see your city listed and want to attend a seminar? Let us know your whereabouts in the comments below or on our forum, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, and we’ll do our best to come to you. 

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Whenever articles like AT&T GigaPower vs. Google Fiber: Why AT&T Will Win the High-Speed Broadband Race are published, we wonder – is fixed wireless the elephant in the room? Or is it not even in the same building?

This article, like many before it on proliferating high-speed broadband access, centers the arms race between AT&T and Google as to who can build the most extensive fiber network. Given reports of Google Fiber’s building delays and AT&T’s growing problems, more fiber alone is not the answer. The solution to economically and efficiently bringing high-speed broadband to where it currently does not exist is the hybrid network. Using a blend of technologies such as Wi-Fi, satellite connectivity, Digital Subscriber line (DSL)and fixed wireless to comprise or extend a fiber network to the home – versus laying fiber to every home and commercial building – makes pure economic sense for network operators, and is much closer to reality.

It’s important to note that we already live in a world of hybrid connectivity: According to the United Nations’ latest Internet Communications Technology statistics, 43.8 households in 100 worldwide have Internet access at home, and 9.8 out of 100 have fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions. This means that the majority of residential Internet users get online via any one of the technologies mentioned above.

In particular, fixed wireless enables operators to get the most out of their fiber backbones, and we have ample evidence of this with installations in Canada, Italy and Hungary. As those customers have discovered, fixed wireless is just as reliable as wireline (as we also noted in our recent top five fixed wireless myths blog) and is capable of offering symmetric and asymmetric broadband services. Most of broadband’s benefits are delivered with a 10-20 Mbps connection. Another distinct advantage it has over fiber specifically is its affordability for network operators.

Installing a wireline network requires tremendous overhead, as outlined in this diagram provided to us by a well-known global provider of video systems, Industrial Video and Control (IVC) for a major construction site in the southeastern United States:

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The bulk of the cost to install wireline networks is attributed to trenching, the costly and disruptive practice of digging up streets and sidewalks to lay fiber underground. Google Fiber’s mission is noble and laudable. But building a new fiber network requires a significant amount of invested time and energy to bring to fruition. In the three years since the Kansas City endeavor began, countless fixed wireless networks could have been installed for a fraction of the time and money. Here is a projection for a fixed wireless broadband installation from the same IVC installation outlined above:

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This savings of 92 percent over a wireline deployment for a network with the exact same capabilities speaks for itself. If you have to trench anywhere, consider the alternatives. Creative hybrid solutions can ease the complexities of bringing high-quality, fast Internet connectivity to a community that fiber simply isn’t delivering.

For more on the economics of fixed wireless, download our white paper.

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How did you find your job? On LinkedIn? Through connecting with a long lost schoolmate who now works at your dream company? Job hunting online has become the norm, to the point that households facing unemployment will prioritize having connectivity at home, even in the face of financial hardship.

Metrics in the NTIA’s annual report, “Exploring the Digital Nation: Embracing the Mobile Internet,” point to an increase in Internet adoption among the unemployed. In 2012, 75 percent of households facing unemployment had computers at home to aid in job seeking, a jump in 21 percentage points over 2001, when only 54 percent of unemployed householders owned a computer. Seventy percent of unemployed householders had home Internet access in 2012, compared to 50 percent in 2003.

It’s possible that the next time the same statistics are fielded, researchers will also ask about triple play connectivity for households facing unemployment, considering what high-speed Internet enables for job seekers:

  • Data: We read with interest this article about a woman in Kenya who was unable to send her 5Mb-sized job application to a non-governmental organization from a cyber café because the connection was too slow. With employers requiring attachments that can get quite large – examples of graphic work or scanned diplomas, for example – a broadband connection can be a major advantage in simply responding to an opening.

  • Video: On average, job hunters “leverage 16 sources during the hiring process”, according to an article in Forbes. This includes Vimeo, YouTube and other channels where companies offer a glimpse into their work culture, success stories and projects they’re working on. Additionally, six in 10 HR managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said they often use video conferencing to screen candidates

  • Voice: With the popularity of such virtual interviews, just having a faster upload speed can help a candidate and in general, it enables more reliable VoIP service.

Proliferating higher quality, reliable and secure Internet access to help people find gainful employment is one reason we’re connecting the unconnected. Another is the growing importance of workplace flexibility in attracting and retaining top talent – the Millennial generation, who will be 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, expect a seamless blend of work and life.  The Internet has become the underpinning of communities’ socioeconomic health, not to mention physical health. For more on our vision for bringing high-quality Internet to the under- and unconnected, read our white paper

Almost every service provider has them - those spots where only a few customers exist. Customers in those locations want high speed, low latency connectivity, but It’s been hard to justify the cost of deploying a PMP 450 AP.  PMP450_AP_angled.jpg

Cambium Networks is happy to introduce the PMP 450 AP Lite. Providing the full 125 Mbps throughput and low latency proven in thousands of deployments, the Lite AP is software limited to serve up to 10 subscribers. This solution enables you to expand the network in three ways:

  1. MicroPOP – In an area that is hard to reach via the main network, you may need to deploy a “remote AP” or a MicroPOP that can reach a few extra customers.  The PMP 450 AP Lite provides an opportunity connect these locations at lower capital expenditure and a faster ROI.

  2. Cost effective 360⁰ coverage -  In an area with few subscribers located in different directions from the tower site location  (i.e. all around the potential tower site), it may be too expensive to deploy 4 sectors of PMP 450 Access Points. You may be tempted to consider the use of an omni-directional antenna on a single PMP 450 AP in order to limit the cost.  Using an omni-directional antenna in this case has limitations and is generally not a good idea from a technical standpoint. First, an omni antenna uses a single frequency and pushes in in all directions, hampering the ability to utilize that frequency elsewhere in the network (i.e. causes frequency pollution or spectral noise).  Second, the range is quite limited using an omni, as the maximum gain is hampered, and the antenna characteristics are often degraded.  With the PMP 450 AP Lite, now an efficient sectorized deployment is a viable option that makes much better use of spectrum, provides longer range, and a better ability to plan and maintain the frequency plan of the overall network.

  3. Unconnected opportunities - If other (less costly) technologies are being explored due to low user density or constraints on ARPU, the PMP 450 is now an option with a proven track record. 

Service providers can now deploy high performance wireless broadband connectivity to locations with fewer than 10 customers, and only spend additional capital for the over-the-air license key to add capacity when additional customer prospects become available. 

Improve your cash flow and return on investment by reaching those low density areas this Spring.

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