Aviat Launches Compact Radio for Small Cell and Macrocell Backhaul

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Aviat Networks released Aviat WTM 3300 radio, a compact form factor and light weight 70-80GHz radio catering for urban backhaul market. The smallest and lightest radio in the industry for similar radios, according to Aviat, will facilitate the deployment in newly “densified” city environments where traditional microwave and typical 70-80GHz radios cannot be installed due to large, highly visible parabolic antennas. These new radios are designed for both small cell and macrocell wireless backhaul markets as well as enterprise broadband connectivity. 

The visual aesthetic impact on residents of neighborhoods where the radio is installed will be minimized due to the WTM 3300’s small form-factor. This makes the WTM 3300 a truly “community friendly” backhaul radio perfectly suited for installation on lightpoles, sides of buildings and other locations that must adhere to strict city regulations and zoning ordinances

Aviat Networks said, it has already reached agreements with and made initial shipments of WTM 3300 radios to a new mobile operator customer in Central Europe, a new mobile operator customer in Western Europe and to an existing full-line telecom customer in South America..

With WTM 3300, operators no longer have to purchase separate antennas, eliminating a configuration step and shortening the equipment’s installation period. This also contributes to the WTM 3300’s lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in comparison to other 70-80GHz radios, added Aviat.

Urban Use Cases for Microwave Backhaul

Source- Aviat Networks

The Aviat WTM 3300 70-80GHz radio offers up to 1Gbps capacity, which makes it ideal for meeting the requirements of even the most stringent urban application,” says Ola Gustafsson, Aviat Networks’ senior vice president, product and services portfolio management. “WTM 3300 supports this high throughput at one-fifth the weight and one-half the power requirements of traditional all-outdoor Ethernet microwave radios.”

- Ola Gusttafsson, Aviat Networks' Senior Vice President, Product and Services Portfolio Management 

“With small cell deployments beginning in densely populated urban areas, lightweight 70-80GHz backhaul solutions with small form factors and built-in antennas, such as the WTM 3300, can fill a critical need,” says Richard Webb, directing analyst at Infonetics. “We are projecting large growth for this market segment.” According to an Infonetics’ October 2013 research report, the market for 70-80GHz radios will experience a 61 percent compound annual growth (CAGR) rate from 2012 to 2017.

- Richard Webb, Directing Analyst, Infonetics 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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