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Carrier Ethernet Company RAD Unveils Latest Offering

June 14, 2011
By Carrie Schmelkin, TMCnet Web Editor

Carrier Ethernet leader RAD Data Communications (News - Alert) introduced its latest offering today, the Airmux-5000 carrier-class point-to-multipoint Ethernet radio system – a wireless solution designed for business access users demanding high-capacity throughput with guaranteed bandwidth according to Service Level Agreements (SLAs) per subscriber.

The technology is designed to overcome the limitations created by WiMax and Wi-Fi. Specifically, WiMAX (News - Alert) must be transmitted over a licensed band and WiFi does not guarantee Quality of Service (QoS) or SLAs. Moreover, proprietary pre- WiMAX solutions are intended for business and high-end residential applications and include basic QoS, but do not provide high bandwidth or guarantee SLAs, according to company officials.

The Airmux-5000 overcomes these challenges by relying on its 200 Mbps of aggregate throughput over unlicensed links and its ability to supply a guaranteed bandwidth SLA per subscriber.

“The Airmux-5000 is an ideal solution for carriers and ISPs targeting first mile enterprise connectivity, as well as private networks looking to deploy broadband and mission critical applications,” said Meira Erez, Airmux product manager at RAD Data Communications (News - Alert), in a statement. “The device also responds perfectly to the high aggregate bandwidth requirements of private networks requiring high-capacity inter-branch connectivity, such as university campuses, healthcare organizations, governmental institutions, large enterprises, and public establishments.”

“In addition, the Airmux-5000 is a highly attractive solution for security and surveillance applications in which traffic is aggregated and backhauled from multiple colocated high definition cameras,” she added.

The Airmux-5000 is touted for being able to deliver the highest spectrum efficiency in the market, according to the Carrier Ethernet company. The technology promises to deliver optimal performance and unmatched robustness in all environments by using advanced technologies such as MIMO, which employs multiple antennas to double the channel capacity, and OFDM, which ensures nLOS deployment. The Airmux-5000 also transmits more throughput over less channel bandwidth. High spectrum efficiency results in additional network revenue and performance, reduces fees when spectrum is licensed and increases flexibility in frequency planning and channel selection, according to company officials.

The technology also boasts: support for up to 16 remote Subscriber Units (SUs) with multiband operation over 4.9 to 6 GHz frequencies; high throughput, guaranteed bandwidth, robust performance, and low latency under sector load; a range of up to 40 kilometers (25 miles); and simple and cost effective installation.

The Airmux-5000 can coexist seamlessly with RAD’s Airmux-200 and Airmux-400 broadband wireless radios, according to officials. The RADview-EMS SNMP fault management application provides an easy-to-use tool for deploying and managing multiple links from a central platform.

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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