DragonWave Inc., a global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, announced Horizon Duo, the latest addition to its Horizon portfolio of native Ethernet radios. Horizon Duo delivers industry-leading capacity of up to 1.6 Gbps per link and lowest-cost-per-bit performance for wireless carriers offering increasingly bandwidth-intensive WiMAX and 4G services.

DragonWave will show its new solution in Booth 5852 at CTIA Wireless® in the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 1-3.

“With Horizon Duo, DragonWave is dramatically reducing our risk in the rollout of new services and cutting the ongoing cost of churn in our network,” said Richard S. Kingston, chief executive officer of Business Only Broadband. “Our growth in bandwidth need is never ending, and Horizon Duo gives us both the high-end capacity and incremental, simple scalability to cost-effectively accommodate this growth.”

With a simple indoor-unit replacement, the installed base of DragonWave AirPair radios can be upgraded easily to Horizon Duo for a four-times boost in capacity without changing up-mast gear or cabling. Furthermore, the new DragonWave solution shares DragonWave’s software-controlled flex bandwidth feature, enabling users to expand capacity without re-engineering traffic patterns or re-visiting antenna sites.

“Due to the construction costs and timelines required to deploy fiber to so many cell sites, carriers are considering the economic benefit of committing larger percentages of their networks to microwave links,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. “With the requirement for larger backhaul capacities and the arrival of Ethernet radios rivaling the capacity of fiber-based solutions, we are seeing an increasing reliance on microwave by carriers eager to realize the reductions in both capital and operational expenditures.”

“We are breaking the speed barrier for carrier wireless networks with a core, high-capacity solution built for our carrier customers’ ongoing growth in high-bandwidth services,” added Alan Solheim, vice president of product management at DragonWave. “This innovative platform unquestionably expands DragonWave’s industry lead in flexibility, capacity and cost efficiency.”