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DragonWave's Horizon Compact+ Meets the 4G Backhaul Challenge

February 7, 2011
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To offset the cost and capacity challenges created by today’s high-bandwidth 3G applications and the accelerating rollout of 4G, mobile operators must find ways to increase overall system capacity. DragonWave Inc.’s introduction of Horizon Compact+ provides operators with a key tool to address lifecycle cost in three critical areas: Spectrum utilization, capacity and location leasing costs.

As the first all-outdoor system to incorporate XPIC (Cross Polarization Interference Cancellation) technology, Horizon Compact+ also becomes the first to take advantage of XPIC’s spectrum-doubling capability. Building on the capacity increases from DragonWave’s previously announced Bandwidth Accelerator technology, this spectrum-doubling capability increases the data bandwidth of Horizon Compact+ to as high as 2 Gbps.

Cost containment is another Horizon Compact+ benefit. “Leasing costs are a major capital expense for system operators, carriers and enterprises that support their own microwave capability,” said Richard Webb, Directing Analyst – Microwave for Infonetics Research. “By integrating the modem and radio in the same robust outdoor system, Horizon Compact+ makes interior rack space available for other components and reduces rental expenditures.”

Spectral efficiency, greater capacity and zero footprint capabilities are just a few ways that DragonWave has continued to implement its “building better backhaul” focus for its customers. Pay-as-you-go scalability is built into all of DragonWave Horizon products to protect hardware investments and grow capacity through software upgrades.

“Forecasts of unrelenting data traffic growth well into the future are clear evidence that the viability of today’s backhaul solutions is severely limited,” said Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave Inc. “We are convinced that products such as Horizon Compact+ that increase capacity, maximize spectrum utilization and help contain costs will form the backbone of tomorrow’s backhaul networks.”

Horizon Compact+ operates in licensed or unlicensed spectrum from 6 to 60 GHz. DragonWave will display its next-generation products at Booth #2A118in Hall A during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 14-17, 2011.


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