Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd. (CBNL) has announced the availability of a new suite of Network Design and Support Services to complement its range of VectaStar Point-to-Multipoint (PMP) microwave backhaul products.

A new division of the company has been set up to deliver these services – the Network Design Service Group will provide customers with full access to CBNL’s expertise in end-to-end service-based solutions for complete hybrid or all-IP backhaul network design, planning, project management and installation. The Group will deliver consultancy, training and direct hands on involvement to enable network operators to quickly design and deploy PMP microwave backhaul networks, optimized for build and operational efficiency.

Mobile operators are increasingly facing challenges posed by the rapid growth of mobile data traffic on backhaul networks. While PMP microwave backhaul can make meeting these challenges more affordable in terms of CAPEX and OPEX, accurate planning is required to get the most out of the hardware and available spectrum. CBNL’s Services Group is tasked to enable operators to achieve this. One key feature of the new suite of services is the availability of advanced VectaStar-specific RF planning simulation software.

Graham Peel, Cambridge Broadband Networks’ CEO, said, “Cambridge Broadband Networks has considerable experience in piecing together fully integrated mobile backhaul and enterprise access solutions. This extends to organizing resources and supporting deployment using established local expertise complemented by our network of service centers. With the launch of our Network Design and Support Services, including our RF modeling software, we aim to provide existing and new customers with the ability to make the very best of our VectaStar products, realizing the significant cost and performance benefits the technology enables.

He added, “The market for network planning software is sizable and growing rapidly, currently estimated to be worth around $180 M. Cambridge Broadband Networks’ entry into this market represents a fantastic growth opportunity for the business and adds significantly to the value we deliver to our customers.”