Mimosa Networks Launches Next-Generation MicroPoP Architecture Aimed at Boosting Service Provider ROI
Innovative 24 GHz backhaul solution and industry’s first 4-port beamforming 360° antenna doubles microPoP coverage and cuts cost
SANTA CLARA, CA, March 06, 2018 — Mimosa Networks today announced the launch of its next-generation MicroPoP architecture based on the new Mimosa B24 backhaul radio and the Mimosa N5-360 quad-sector antenna. Optimized for dense urban and suburban deployments, the expanded MicroPoP coverage will dramatically improve service providers ’return on investment by fueling new business opportunities and cutting costs by up to 50% against competitive solutions.
Mimosa’s enhanced MicroPoP architecture enables service providers to offer end users higher bandwidth wireless connections of between 200 Mbps and 300 Mbps, simply by getting closer to their customers. Many service providers are discovering that offering high-speed internet from a tower designed for mobile wireless communications does not scale in dense suburban neighborhoods, due to distance and real-world interference. The Mimosa-designed MicroPoP architecture solves this issue by allowing service providers to deploy access points closer to subscribers, on utility poles, street lights, and hub home locations.
The introduction of the B24 backhaul radio overcomes the lack of deep fiber into a neighborhood, and the new N5-360 antenna nearly doubles the coverage of the Mimosa A5c access point. At half the price of competitive offerings, the improved MicroPoP solution allows providers to lower subscription pricing and increase penetration in suburban areas, vastly increasing early market share gains.
According to Mimosa’s CTO, Jaime Fink, “With such a competitively-priced high-bandwidth solution, fixed wireless broadband providers can finally dare to compete with the incumbent wireline providers, and make money doing so. Properly architected, a service provider deploying the new MicroPoP in an urban or suburban area can expect a return on investment in as little as six months, which is a game changer for scaling these types of deployments. Wireless service providers are no longer limited to the edges of the revenue-rich suburban neighborhoods where cable and DSL have typically dominated the landscape.”
Taking advantage of the unlicensed 24 GHz band, the B24 backhaul radio offers superior reliability for backhaul links of up to 3 km (2 mi), and is engineered for a number of key applications including fixed wireless broadband backhaul, campus connectivity and video surveillance. The B24 can be deployed alone as a point-to-point link or provide transport for a larger multipoint network within a self-healing ring. Lightweight and compact in size, the B24 has industry-leading price/performance with 1.5 Gbps IP throughput, low latency and Spectrum Reuse Sync (SRS) technology, delivering incredible performance at a price point that fits the economics of providers in increasingly competitive urban and suburban markets.
The new N5-360 antenna is designed to pair exclusively with the A5c access point, and incorporates quad-panel 180 degree overlapping vertical and horizontal antenna polarizations. The innovative antenna design boosts throughput by providing balanced dual-stream coverage over 360 degrees of azimuth, exploiting beamforming gain, and extends the range of the MicroPoP deployments up to 60% compared with Mimosa’s A5 integrated solution. Responding to customer demand for extended frequency range, the N5-360 operates from 4.9 GHz to 6.4 GHz without compromising performance.
“Mimosa’s A5 access point is the ideal solution for very short range deployments with a discrete, integrated design that pairs well with dense suburban environments. For those locations where broader coverage is needed, the new N5-360 antenna extends the range of our MicroPoP deployments, delivering even more subscribers per access point and dramatically scaling ROI,” said Eric Presworsky, Mimosa’s CPO.
Sail Internet, a service provider in suburban San Jose, concurs. “This next generation MicroPoP takes our business to the next level,” said Kevin Fisher, CEO of Sail Internet. “The combination of the B24 for backhaul, and the extended range of the N5-360 antenna gives our MicroPoP installations the boost we need to really compete with the incumbent service providers in these suburban neighborhoods.”
Cobham Wireless demonstrates test technology leadership with 5G NR features at Mobile World Congress, including Massive MIMO and Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication
STEVENAGE, UK, 19th Feb – Cobham Wireless today announced that its 5G New Radio (NR) test solution can validate 5G NR air interface technologies, including Massive MIMO systems and Ultra-Reliability Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) use cases.
The software-defined system is being used today by market-leading Network Equipment Manufactures (NEMs) and operators, enabling their R&D teams to test the performance of 5G NR networks against a variety of real-world test cases. Cobham Wireless will demonstrate its 5G test capabilities at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 26th February – 1st March.
Cobham Wireless’ 5G NR test solution can test multiple 3GPP 5G NR air interface specifications, in line with an individual company’s design focus, integration plans, technological preferences and test parameters. It enables the development and validation of the critical part of the new 5G radio access network (RAN), called the gNodeB (gNB), offering a range of programmable test cases to ensure compliance with 3GPP 5G specifications. The flexible software defined radio (SDR) architecture of Cobham Wireless’ 5G test solution enables it to target different 5G NR numerologies with sub-carrier spacing of 30kHz, 60kHz and 120kHz.
The Cobham Wireless solution marks a paradigm shift in 5G Massive MIMO lab test and system validation methodologies, targeting the vital 5G NR air interface test cases and KPIs. This includes being able to emulate hundreds of simultaneous Multi User MIMO beams and thousands of user equipment (UE) use cases at different geometric locations relative to a base station antenna. Combining statistical and UE traffic behaviour, driven by adaptive test scenario modelling algorithms, the system can generate the most realistic gNB test behaviours possible today. Working with a leading network operator and vendor in China, Cobham Wireless’ Massive MIMO test solution helped to validate and showcase the 5G NR gNB reaching the downlink throughput of 4.5 Gbps.
The test solution’s low-latency architecture can also enable the validation of another extreme 5G use case, URLLC, which will be needed to connect critical IoT devices and systems, including healthcare, VR and AR, automotive applications and smart city infrastructures. The solution validates and showcases its customer’s URLLC air interface design achieving 1ms end-to-end latency with a reliability rate of 99.999%, which is the most demanding 3GPP 5G Release 15 latency and reliability requirement.
Dr Li-Ke Huang, 5G Research and Technology Director said: “There are a variety of new features that are unique for 5G NR compared to earlier standards, such as a wide range of new radio frequencies, Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency connectivity, Massive MIMO systems and the fact that networks must support hundreds of thousands of connected devices in a square kilometre. Testing and validating these new features under real-world conditions is absolutely crucial to ensure the effective roll-out of the new connectivity standard in a rapid time frame.
“Cobham Wireless offers the most advanced 5G NR lab testing features, based on the latest 3GPP specifications, available today. Test cases can be easily replicated and scaled due to the software-defined nature of the test solution, allowing for rapid refinement of 5G NR technology. The solution validates 5G from the RAN through to the Core technologies, offering a holistic view of how networks operate under a huge range of end-user scenarios,” he concluded.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – September 19 , 2017 – Mimosa Networks, the leader in 5G Fixed wireless solutions, announced today that it is teaming with GeoLinks, a California-based communications service provider, on a number of statewide projects to revolutionize internet access at underserved government, educational, and healthcare organizations.
GeoLinks, named one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine, is connecting these previously-unreached organizations by providing ultra-reliable, fiber-fast broadband throughout the state of California and beyond, using pioneering wireless broadband technology from Mimosa.
“Mimosa fixed wireless is the perfect solution for many of our rural and more complex enterprise clients,” said Ryan Hauf, CTO at GeoLinks. “Because it is ultra-fast, reliable, and very easy to deploy, we are able to get broadband connectivity to previously underserved areas within days.” Hauf has been working with Mimosa solutions for over two years and based on his experience with the products, recommends Mimosa frequently for projects that require rapidly deployed installations.
On Catalina Island, for example, GeoLinks successfully deployed Mimosa’s broadband solutions to bring high-speed internet access to the island community for the first time in its history. Taking into account the unique location – 41 miles offshore – and leveraging the existing infrastructure, a team of engineers considered a number of advanced options to tackle the challenge of connecting the island to the mainland. GeoLinks ultimately selected Mimosa for the last mile of the installation, deploying Mimosa A5 access and C5 client devices throughout the harbor town of Avalon. Speeds on the island are typically 300 Mbps, and the ultra-fast broadband connection provides support for essential communications services, tourism services, and commerce.
Back on the mainland, GeoLinks is actively addressing one of the state’s most critical infrastructure needs – connecting rural schools to the internet. In order to help these schools provide the highest and most advanced educational services to their students, GeoLinks again turned to Mimosa solutions to reach these hard-to-reach customers. Thanks to Mimosa’s ease of use, reliable performance and Gigabit-plus connectivity, Geolinks will be continuing its rapid deployment to rural school customers.
GeoLinks is also partnered with California’s “Internet for All Now” fund, a statewide $300 million fund with the goal of closing the state’s “Digital Divide” and providing high-speed broadband to 95% of Californians by 2027. Future initiatives and projects for GeoLinks include a focus on healthcare in 2018, connecting hospitals and medical institutions to ultra-fast broadband for mission-critical services.
For each of the installations, GeoLinks deployed a combination of point-to-point (PTP) and point-to-multipoint (PTMP) architectures, using Mimosa B11 licensed backhaul radios, along with Mimosa B5c connectorized radios, C5 client devices and A5 access points. GeoLinks also relied heavily on Mimosa’s robust network design tool to plan, design and implement these networks.
“We are honored to team with GeoLinks on these important and strategic initiatives to address educational, healthcare, public institutions, business-to-business and consumer needs,” said John Colvin, SVP of Global Field Operations at Mimosa. “Mimosa’s next generation of fiber-fast wireless solutions have the power to bring the ultimate broadband experience to those who need it most – in this case, the underserved areas in California. We look forward to working with GeoLinks and assisting them in accelerating these critical business initiatives throughout California and beyond.”
NETSCOUT and Arbor Networks to demonstrate service assurance and cyber security visibility for Electronic Medical Records, Health Level-7, and Imaging Services performance issues in healthcare environments at HIMSS 2017
WESTFORD, Mass., February 15, 2017 – NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, a leading provider of business assurance – a combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions – today announced how NETSCOUT and Arbor Networks’, the security division of NETSCOUT, technology can help healthcare IT organizations achieve their digital transformation goals with projects impacting electronic medical records (EMR), imaging, and e-prescription services at HIMSS 17, in Orlando, Florida.
NETSCOUT provides solutions that deliver unmatched visibility and support for preventing and triaging issues that affect performance and security of such healthcare services as patient records, imaging and diagnostic systems, communications interoperability, pharmacy and accounting services. Delays that impact access to admissions, diagnostics or treatment may negatively sway the patient’s experience.
NETSCOUT’s service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for healthcare IT organizations are undertaking advancements in cloud-based services, mobility, and unified communications services to improve the overall efficiency and speed of patient care. Healthcare organizations can launch new digital transformative services and devices, e.g. cloud-based EMR, with confidence, using superior data and analytics from NETSCOUT for all services throughout the enterprise ecosystem. Come see how NETSCOUT solutions are holistically and intelligently protecting, monitoring and optimizing healthcare systems including:
- EMR / Electronic Health Records (EHR) / Medical Records
- Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Imaging
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) & Telemedicine
- Web-based Patient Services
- Health Level-7 (HL7) Interoperability
NETSCOUT will show how healthcare IT professionals can safeguard performance of their wired and wireless environments with service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for an enhanced patient experience. Learn how other healthcare organizations are reducing time to pinpoint issues and troubleshoot service performance rapidly while improving analysis of EMR and HL7 interoperability services in healthcare services and environments. With NETSCOUT service assurance and cybersecurity solutions, healthcare organizations will be able to introduce new digital transformation projects and reduce mean time to knowledge (MTTK) of service and security problems while maximizing the value of patient-care impacting applications.
NETSCOUT CUSTOMER SURVEY CONFIRMS THE nGeniusONE PLATFORM IS CONSIDERED “BEST-IN-CLASS” FOR ACCELERATING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Survey Says Over 90% of Enterprises Achieve Real-time Business Insights and Improve Service Performance with Smarter Data and Superior Analytics
WESTFORD, Mass., December 6, 2016 – NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of business assurance, a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions, today announced the results from a NETSCOUT customer survey conducted in August 2016 and validated by independent third-party, TechValidate. The survey results revealed that customers consider NETSCOUT a leader in service performance management and that its solutions offer compelling value as a key component of digital transformation initiatives while providing a strong value proposition in areas of operational efficiencies.
The objective of the TechValidate survey was to listen to the “voice of the customer” and assess the value that NETSCOUT offers its customers in a range of business assurance use cases spanning digital transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, application performance management (APM)/development and operations (DevOps) and unified communications and collaboration (UC&C).
“The nGeniusONE platform provides us with information to quickly pinpoint application and service performance problems. As a result, we improved service performance and reduced business risk by at least eighty percent,” said an IT specialist for a large financial services company.
Large enterprises depend upon the timely and transparent service delivery of their mission-critical, end-user or customer-affecting services. NETSCOUT’s customers rely on nGeniusONE Service Assurance platform to provide real-time insights in order to protect the performance of their service delivery systems and applications, as well as deliver an effective system-level feedback loop for DevOps.
What NETSCOUT discovered is that many of its enterprise customers consider the value of its solutions and technologies as “priceless” and pivotal in supporting their digital transformation initiatives and technological innovations, such as the migrating of workloads to the cloud, implementing new IoT projects, accelerating the continuous software deployment pipeline for DevOps, overseeing their UC&C services, and managing increased complexity with virtualized data centers and SDN/NFVs.
“It is vital that organizations listen to their customers and are responsive to their needs. This TechValidate survey enabled us to assess how well the NETSCOUT solutions and Adaptive Service Intelligence™ (ASI) technology support the business and technology innovation initiatives of our enterprise customers,” said Anil Singhal, co-founder, president and chief executive officer, NETSCOUT. “NETSCOUT has been at the forefront of performance management for over 30 years. As the industry leader of service assurance and cybersecurity solutions, we are committed to providing our customers with cutting-edge technology and support that will allow them to continue to thrive by breaking down operational silos and focus on common goals like growth and innovation in the digital economy.”
Other specific findings from customers include a Fortune 500 transportation company achieving a return on its investment with improved customer experience, operational efficiencies, and support for new business models in less than three months. Additionally, 91 percent confirm that NETSCOUT nGeniusONE helps their organizations confidently navigate the turbulence of digital transformation changes in their IT infrastructure affecting cloud, UC&C, IoT and cybersecurity.
Furthermore, almost nine out of every 10 enterprises consider NETSCOUT business assurance solutions superior to known industry competitors. They confirmed ASI technology enables IT teams to design for large-scale traffic and support decision-making in highly agile and automated environments.
At NETSCOUT’s Voice of the Customer, you will find interesting and compelling customer facts, figures, and use cases completely derived from a TechValidate survey conducted with active users of NETSCOUT solutions including engineers, architects, IT managers and operations directors; business assurance and digital transformation.
Creating relevance in your IoT story
We’ve just published our latest research that provides communications insight for companies seeking to make a name for themselves in the Internet of Things sector. The first couple of paragraphs are pasted below but you can see the full paper here.
A little research will quickly reveal that the Internet of Things (IoT) market is primed for considerable growth. Just how much it grows is open to an active industry debate but if you take the figures from IDC’s Worldwide and Regional Internet of Things (IoT) 2014–2020 Forecast, we can look forward to a market worth $7.1 trillion in 2020. Those trillions of dollars represent an environment in which 28.1 billion ‘things’ that will be monitoring and communicating with something or somebody, somewhere at some time.
So, let’s just agree, it’s a big market and with big markets come big opportunities so it’s little wonder that, all of sudden, everyone seems to be in the IoT business. From a communications perspective it’s one of the noisiest markets of them all with everyone from tiny start-ups to major international corporations vying for the eyes and ears of media, analysts, partners and customers. At Babel we see this ‘one in, all in’ situation all the time – mobile, big data, cloud, gamification, artificial intelligence and robotics are just a few of the technology trends that everyone seems to want to get involved in.
Of course it can make a lot of sense to follow the hype cycle (and the money!) but if you do so, as well as having a viable commercial proposition, you have to remember that you are not alone. For your voice to be heard you have to shout loud (£££££££££££) or box clever (£). With that in mind we’ve undertaken a detailed analysis of one aspect of the IoT communications mix to try and establish what approach needs to be adopted for media outreach to shine a light on companies operating in the IoT sector.