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August 05, 2013

Mosaic Telecom Deploys Exalt Microwave Systems for Ethernet Services

It seems as if wireless service providers are always increasing their network capacity to meet the growing demand of consumers. As 4G/LTE gets implemented around the country, consumers will be gobbling up even more bandwidth with their mobile devices. Mosaic Telecom, a multi-faceted provider of quality telecommunications products and services, is deploying the microwave systems from Exalt Communications, an innovator of next-generation packet microwave backhaul systems, to deliver Ethernet for 3G and 4G mobile services.

Mosaic Telecom provides a line of products and services including 4G cellular service, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, long-distance and video entertainment. These services are used by business and residential customers in northwestern Wisconsin. The implementation of the Exalt microwave backhaul will save the company the cost of leased lines by bringing the mobile network traffic into its core fiber network.

Exalt is known in the industry for providing a system that is easily deployed while delivering proven reliability in wind, rain and snow, weather conditions that are prevalent in northwestern Wisconsin. In rural areas where infrastructure is very limited, the cost of land lines oftentimes drives many businesses away from the available opportunities.

"Leased lines are a poor option because they are expensive, often unavailable in rural areas, and they don't scale. Exalt high capacity microwave systems provide these operators with scalable bandwidth to support 4G/LTE traffic, high reliability, ease of deployment, and cost-effectiveness second to none," said Joe Schraml, Exalt vice president of product management.

Microwave backhaul technology is providing rural areas in developed countries as well as developing countries with limited infrastructure a platform with low cost of entry, cost-effective capacity scaling, very high reliability and fast deployment.

The Exalt microwave application provides wireless service operators:

  • Native TDM and native Ethernet capability in every radio, ensuring the flexibility to accommodate any mix of TDM and Ethernet traffic
  • Fully software configurable and upgradeable systems that minimize the need for hardware swaps and ensure capacity can be inexpensively scaled when needed
  • Licensed band/license-exempt band radio systems, which features CarrierTDD technology, making them the only TDD systems in the world capable of supporting native TDM traffic with FDD-like latency and providing operators with a new tool to meet site-specific or application-specific challenges
  • Ethernet features such as VLAN and QoS, with easy integration into existing data networking architectures
  • The highest level of security available for data and management traffic
  • Indoor, outdoor and split-mount physical configurations to meet the installation requirements of any site

Backhaul bottlenecks are a big problem mobile operators have to overcome to meet capacity. Operators have to consider the cost, capacity, availability, scalability, flexibility and maturity of the technology they adopt if they want to stay competitive. While no one solution will answer all these concerns, companies have to use different backhaul technologies that will allow them the flexibility to grow with relative ease and low capital expenditure.

"We've had very good experience with turning up the Exalt systems. The stability and throughput of these systems is excellent, so we choose them for all of our microwave projects," said Scott Hickok, wireless operations manager at Mosaic Telecom.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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