Technology Makes Wireless Simpler

By    February 27, 2014

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:

  • increase coverage
  • increase capacity
  • 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!