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SAAB and DragonWave upgrade Sweden's national security communication network

December 12, 2013
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DragonWave Inc., a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, announced an agreement with defense and security company Saab to work collaboratively on the expansion and enhancement of national security communication networks in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. As a first step, the two companies will deploy up to 1500 DragonWave Harmony Radio links and a supportive number of Hub 800 adaptable, multi-service nodal switches to build an extensive, mission critical network covering all of Sweden, including remote locations.

“DragonWave’s proven product portfolio and Saab’s extensive experience in network planning and design makes us jointly a strong supplier of robust and secure communication networks said Mikael Falkovén,” Head of Sales, Critical System and Communication Solutions at Saab. “This first network build out in Sweden clearly demonstrates how, working together, we can jointly offer a highly functional, field-tested solution that is also easily deployed, economically viable, and tailored for deployment in countries with growing demands on their existing communications networks.”

DragonWave’s Harmony Radio offers the industry’s only software-selectable evolution from hybrid to all-IP packet networks, enabling a simple migration path from TDM to all-IP backhaul with true “zero-touch” on the existing hardware. The Harmony Hub 800 is a compact indoor unit that provides maximum flexibility for 2G, 3G and LTE traffic aggregation, incorporating 16 Gbps switching capacity and support for up to 12 radio directions in a single unit.

“Our agreement with Saab is based on a shared vision about how best to serve mission critical communication needs in this all-important vertical market in order to build national security networks that can support the next generation of applications and services,” said Peter Allen, DragonWave President and CEO. “We look forward to our ongoing work with Saab to bring the products and expertise together that can meet the requirements of any network scenario at the lowest cost of ownership and with proven functionality and reliability.”

Public Safety and Mission Critical organizations are the primary users of Sweden’s national security communications network. But other important community organizations, can also access the system in the event of exceptional incidents.

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