Nextlink taps BEC for CBRS fixed wireless deployments

Nov. 10, 2020
The partners are focused on delivering high-speed wireless broadband services to expanded coverage areas. BEC is a developer of 4G LTE and 5G wireless platforms for mobile operators, residential and enterprise sites.

BEC Technologies Inc. announced that Nextlink Internet has selected BEC to conduct fixed wireless CBRS deployments. Nextlink says it is adopting a standards-based CBRS system to accelerate FWA deployments to meet increasing demands for high-speed internet access.

BEC is known as a developer and manufacturer of 4G LTE and 5G wireless broadband networking platforms for mobile operators, residential, enterprise, and industrial markets. BEC's product portfolio incorporates fixed data routers and VoIP/VoLTE gateways, for applications including rugged outdoor, industrial/M2M connectivity, public safety, fleet/telematics, and cloud-based remote device management.

In the deployment, Nextlink has selected a combination of BEC's outdoor CBRS routers, models 4900R21 and 6900R21. The systems are comprised of the company's LTE-Advanced Pro units with carrier aggregation up to 3 CA DL / 2CA UL and 4x4 MIMO advanced antenna technology within a ruggedized IP68 enclosure.

The 6900R21 specifically provides increased capacity, higher throughput, and extended coverage as the industry's first high-powered LTE CAT B CPE-CBSD unit, as claimed by the company.

BEC says its CBRS platforms combine innovative hardware, software, and cloud-managed services with embedded SAS Domain Proxy that offer deployment flexibility, reduced complexity, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Purpose-built for performance and reliability, the solutions are Part 96 Authorized, and OnGo certified to ensure interoperability for multi-vendor, large-scale deployments.

"BEC prides itself on long-term relationships with internet service providers, and we're excited to be Nextlink's partner of choice for CBRS CPE solutions," said D'Andre Ladson, VP of marketing for BEC. "As a critical component of Nextlink's service offering, we share the same vision for reliable high-speed broadband connectivity to under-served rural communities."

Nextlink Internet is a rural-focused provider of high-speed broadband and voice services to more than 50,000 residential, business, institutional and governmental customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. As an active participant in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II), Nextlink is working to connect an additional 100,000 homes and businesses in small communities and rural areas across those six states.

"Nextlink has a strong focus on quality, support and speed for its customers. BEC clearly shares a similar passion in supporting its customers and has played an important role in the launch of our FWA 4G LTE-Advanced and 5G ready network," said Cameron Kilton, CTO of Nextlink.

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