NEC Corp. has announced that a year on from its launch in September 2010, order receipts for its iPASOLINK microwave backhaul series have surpassed 110,000 units from nearly 100 operators spanning 55 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

iPASOLINK is a converged flexible platform designed to meet the capacity, topology and intelligence requirements for the transformation of both fixed and mobile networks to the next generation of technologies, including 4G LTE. Its modular, flexible, all-in-one converged design incorporates packet, microwave and optical technologies. This ensures that network operators can deploy high performance, next-generation networks without incurring unnecessary costs.

“Operators worldwide in countries as diverse as Russia, Indonesia and Mexico face the challenge of making significant investments in providing next-generation mobile broadband services such as LTE, while managing CAPEX and OPEX. Our global customer agreements prove that mobile operators have the appetite for a single, converged and flexible backhaul platform that they can manage and adapt according to their network service demands,” said Hiroyasu Ishii, General Manager of NEC’s Global Network Division.

The iPASOLINK Series is a new generation of PASOLINK products that is also compatible with earlier generations of the series. Since its launch in the early 1980s PASOLINK has been widely adopted as a microwave communications system for mobile backhaul, with shipments of approximately 1.7 million units throughout 145 countries.