Aviat Networks Inc. will supply its recently introduced Aviat WTM 6000 trunking microwave radios to Wataniya Telecom Maldives. Aviat Networks has served as the sole microwave backhaul provider for Wataniya Telecom Maldives as it moved from 2G to 3G. Now, WTM 6000 long-distance trunking radios will support the operator’s transition to Next Generation Networks and eventually to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless, with up to 4 Gbps aggregate IP-data throughput in the backhaul network.

The WTM 6000's highly integrated all-indoor architecture is optimized to efficiently accommodate complex system configurations and is not restricted by being adapted from a split-mount radio design. A very compact baseband/transceiver module eliminates cable connections and optimizes available rack space for additional networking equipment, making for easier installation, commissioning and simplified maintenance.

Stephen Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Wataniya Telecom Maldives, said: "We're impressed by WTM 6000's performance characteristics and our prior experience with Aviat Networks' technical competency in link engineering over difficult all-water terrain while still completing the project on time. We're confident that WTM 6000 supported by Aviat Networks professional services will enable a smooth evolution to Next Generation Network operation and then to 4G."

"Our commitment to Wataniya is to provide them with best in class products and services and help them establish a reliable, scalable and futureproof transmission network to satisfy their increasing demand for network capacity," commented Shaun McFall, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Aviat Networks. "With the WTM 6000 we are able to engineer inter-island links over long expanses of water and deliver bandwidths otherwise only available by deploying fiber, which would be problematic and cost prohibitive."