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Internet Telephony: April 26, 2010 eNewsLetter
April 26, 2010

Eagle Telephone System Deploys Exalt Microwave Backhaul Systems

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Looking to eliminate interference issues inherent in its legacy microwave network, Eagle Telephone System of Richland, Ore., has deployed Exalt Communications' microwave backhaul systems. With this agreement, Eagle Telephone System can scalable Ethernet bandwidth to its customers.

In addition to the economic benefits of ownership, organizations that purchase microwave equipment gain the security, stability and freedom associated with full control over their own network. The costs for a microwave installation are divided between capital costs associated with the microwave radios, ancillary equipment and installation and on modest recurring costs.

Configured for 4 T1 lines and 10 megabits per second (Mbps) of Ethernet data traffic, the Exalt (News - Alert) all-indoor systems deployed by Eagle Telephone serve hops ranging from 2 to 32 miles in length. The systems are expandable to 16 T1 lines and 100 Mbps via software upgrade. Also, looking to migrate the entire network from TDM to all-IP within the year, Eagle Telephone has recently begun offering wireless Internet services to customers in its 400 square-mile service area.

"Our microwave backhaul systems were designed for maximum flexibility in network migration," said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. "Eagle Telephone, like many other service providers, chose Exalt in order to maintain its legacy T1 services and scale its IP bandwidth on its timeline and within its budget simply by purchasing software upgrades. Exalt is the only company that delivers this level of flexibility."

The Exalt microwave backhaul systems offer pay-as-you-grow scalability with which Eagle can offer IP services to its subscribers now. They can also address all three bands in the 5 GHz spectrum with the ability to tune in 1-Mhz increments.

Recently, the company statedthat its microwave backhaul systems have been deployed by the City of Sioux Falls to support reliable, high-speed wireless connectivity among 20 public buildings. The city's already available fiber optic links could not withstand the winter temperatures that went as low as -30 Fahrenheit but Exalt' microwave backhaul systems remained stable and unaffected.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison


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