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October 25, 2010

Positron Delivers 100 Mbps Mobile Backhaul Links Over Copper

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor


Positron Access, a major player in ultra high bandwidth for mobile backhaul and Ethernet business services, announced large scale deployment of cell site backhaul with speeds reaching up to 100 Mbps for a large Tier 1 European carrier.

Officials with Positron Access said that this deployment within an advanced 3G network comes after successful completion of a six month 30-site pilot project.

Company officials claimed that it is the first live deployment of Ethernet over copper for mobile backhaul that shatters the 50 Mbps barrier and raises the bar to 100 Mbps.

“We have worked closely with our customer and our strategic partners to integrate the Aktino (News - Alert) solution into the carrier’s multi-vendor wireless network,” said Claude Brisson, COO of Positron, in a statement.

Brisson said that the company is extremely pleased to be part of such a large scale roll-out of next generation high speed wireless services for an innovative client.

Delivering 100 Mbps carrier Ethernet services to cell sites is critical to the deployment of 3G/4G wireless networks.

Company officials said that using Positron’s Aktino bonded copper solutions, service providers can quickly deliver up to 100 Mbps to cell sites over the existing copper infrastructure and avoid the high cost and long schedules of deploying fiber facilities.

According to company officials, Positron’s Aktino solution, which is based on patented MIMO-over-DMT (News - Alert) technology, not only provides the highest bandwidth over the longest distances on existing copper facilities but also delivers fiber-like reliability to meet the demanding requirements of wireless service providers and their customer’s insatiable hunger for bandwidth.

Aktino’s unique and software-configurable bandwidth profiles are perfectly suited for mobile data traffic patterns, which put a high emphasis on download speeds as users browse the Web, read their e-mails or watch videos on their mobile phones.

Company officials pointed out that the Aktino solution is widely deployed by carriers to profitably deliver high speed Ethernet services to businesses and upgrade residential broadband services, meeting the expected requirements of mobile backhaul solutions.

“This live deployment of 50 and 100 Mbps mobile backhaul is an important milestone for Positron and for the industry,” said Hossam Salib, vice president of product management and marketing for Positron Access.

Salib said that it demonstrates that the wireless industry, which is facing unprecedented bandwidth demands on their network, can still continue to utilize their existing cost-effective copper infrastructure to quickly and profitably deploy the next generation of wireless network.

In North America, 75 percent of cell sites are still served by copper facilities. Positron’s Aktino solution allows operators and carriers to rapidly convert this existing infrastructure into high-speed Ethernet data pipes that meet the requirements of current and future wireless users at a fraction of the cost of deploying fiber or microwave radios.

According to TMC (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani, “Technology advances continue to boost the value of in-ground copper allowing this legacy technology to provide more competitive speeds without the need to lay down fiber. Each year in-fact it seems that copper transmission speeds achieve levels many thought were impossible. In a world where there is never enough bandwidth, it is good to see that technology is advancing transmission speeds of fiber, wireless and copper.”


Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf




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