Multi-service radio operates in the 6 to 42 GHz spectrum bands

September 03, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
DragonWave® has announced its next generation microwave system with the introduction of Harmony Enhanced, a high capacity, long reach, multi-service radio operating in the 6 to 42 GHz spectrum bands.

Harmony Enhanced merges the proven performance and reliability of the company’s flagship Harmony Radio and Horizon Compact+ into a next-generation, ultra high-capacity microwave system. With its integrated switch, Harmony Enhanced delivers a true all-outdoor, Ethernet solution.

“Building end-to-end mobile broadband solutions requires a flexible backhaul component. With the help of Harmony Enhanced we can provide optimized backhaul with tested interoperability and integration into the network,” said Gerhard Staudenherz, head of OEM product business line, Nokia Networks. “Our partnership with DragonWave supports our strategy for mobile broadband and our joint customers benefit from a single, integrated solution.”

Harmony Enhanced allows operators to cost effectively scale networks with the industry's leading system gain, highest spectral efficiency and increased capacity that is enabled through 112 MHz channel support, 4096 QAM capability, Bandwidth Accelerator+ and MIMO. These capabilities allow Harmony Enhanced to deliver >2 Gbps in a single radio, with scalability via MIMO to 4 Gbps in a single channel. Bandwidth Accelerator+ provides >2 times throughput improvements with the inclusion of header optimization and the industry’s only bulk compression working in tandem.

Delivering the highest output power for an all-outdoor microwave system, the Harmony Enhanced leverages GaN technology to increase reach by >30%. Additionally, integrated Ethernet switching with WRED queuing, E-LINE and E-LAN support and upgradability to MPLS-TP, enables a true all-outdoor installation without the need for an additional access switch.

Greg Friesen, vice president, product management, DragonWave comments, “By providing a future-proof LTE backhaul solution, Harmony Enhanced will allow operators to meet the requirements for next generation architectures with scalability, integrated Ethernet switching, MPLS-TP upgradability, SynchE and 1588v2, so that their end-users can be assured the utmost in service delivery.”

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