Exalt Communications has outlined aggressive expansion plans for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in the next stage of the company's global growth strategy. The company, which is firmly focused on microwave backhaul for 3G and 4G networks, has a strong position in North America and over a thousand customers worldwide, including Tier-1 mobile operators, WISPs, government agencies and major enterprises.

"Because EMEA represents the largest share of the worldwide microwave backhaul market, our expansion across key markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa is a critical element of our business strategy," said Amir Zoufonoun, President and CEO of Exalt Communications. "We are already working with a number of customers and integrators throughout EMEA, as interest in Exalt systems has escalated. Network operators and enterprises are seeking new Ethernet solutions for specific backhaul and connectivity challenges and applications, and we are well-positioned to meet those needs and capture a sizeable share of the EMEA market."

Exalt systems support TDM to packet migration and are available in indoor, outdoor and split-mount configurations supporting bands from 2 to 43 GHz, and in capacities from 10 to 1,000 Mbps per channel. All are easy to deploy, offer pay-as-you-grow scalability, and support the same network management and security features as fiber, allowing the network to be monitored, configured and maintained from a central console.

The company's recently announced ExploreAir and ExtendAir platforms feature all-outdoor ‘zero footprint’ power-over-Ethernet (PoE) systems in all licensed and license-exempt bands up to 43 GHz, and are ideal for the EMEA market where traditional TDM microwave is already the predominant infrastructure for mobile backhaul. These new Exalt high capacity Ethernet microwave systems are designed to replace and upgrade existing TDM microwave links, and to rapidly and economically extend fiber capacity to new locations within both metro and rural environments.

Furthermore, in parts of EMEA such as most countries in Africa, with their diverse economies and vast and varied terrain, and where mobile usage already far outstrips fixed line, these systems are ideal for creating cost-effective national and regional networks with sufficient user capacity for both voice and Internet connectivity.