Intelligent wireless transport device makes for fiber-equivalent small cell backhaul

At the Mobile World Congress 2013, Fastback Networks unveiled its first product, a new class of intelligent wireless transport devices.

Feb 20th, 2013

At the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Fastback Networks unveiled the company’s first product, a new class of intelligent wireless transport devices. Fastback says the platform stands "to transform small cell backhaul with an industry-first transport mechanism for wireless delivery of a wide range of services in both Line of Sight (LOS) and completely Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) conditions."

Currently in trials with Tier 1 mobile network and services operators, Fastback says its wireless transport device fuses advanced radio and data network technology to eliminate the technical barriers that have rendered backhaul a stumbling block to widespread deployment of small cell networks. The company claims that, via the new device, for the first time, mobile network operators can deploy small cells in any location without line of sight or access to fiber constraints, and fiber network operators can assure delivery of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services over wireless to locations that previously could not be served.

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“High capacity intelligent wireless transport is a pivotal element in the coming transformation of the mobile network as performance moves toward gigabit bandwidth, and demand emerges for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 service edge capability at any site,” comments Kevin Duffy, CEO and Co-founder, Fastback Networks. “Capacity demanded of the next generation carrier infrastructure requires wireless transport capability be transformed to reliably deliver fiber equivalent performance anywhere.”

Fastback contends that the device's breakthrough in throughput -- 500 Mbps with less than 500 microseconds latency in both NLOS and LOS conditions -- and the capability to sustain a high performance wireless connection across "Any Line of Sight" conditions provides fiber equivalent service assurance to any small cell site.

“The Fastback solution was built with radio technology developed specifically to deliver Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services in any radio line of sight conditions, including sustained high performance in both throughput and latency, over the air security, and packet-based 1588v2 timing and synchronization,” says Dr. Kevin Negus, CTO and co-founder, Fastback Networks.

Negus continues, “This new class of devices is an unprecedented and patented fusion of radio and data networking technology. The Fastback solution combines the world’s most advanced silicon for wireless infrastructure and Carrier Ethernet switching with our proprietary architecture, software, hardware and algorithms to meet the vastly changed requirements for transport in the rapidly emerging new mobile network.”

General availability of the Fastback Networks solution is scheduled for early summer 2013.

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