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BridgeWave All Outdoor Systems form Wireless Gigabit Backbone for Iraq Ministry of Transportation

BridgeWave backhaul ring provides highest reliability, security, and gigabit connectivity to Ministry's headquarters and 12 remote branches

SAN DIEGO, Calif – May 26, 2016 – BridgeWave Communications, a market leader in wireless backhaul systems, today announced that the Iraq Ministry of Transportation has successfully installed a mix of BridgeWave all outdoor 60GHz millimeter wave and 24GHz microwave wireless links to form a highly reliable, available, and secure gigabit backhaul ring connecting its headquarters and 12 remote branches. The BridgeWave radios each have the unique capability to support 1 Gbps full duplex data capacities to support growing backhaul capacity requirements. The Ministry of Transportation is the agency responsible for overseeing IRAQI road safety, civil aviation, maritime transport, rail transport, developing government transportation policy, organizing public transport, and the maintenance and construction of infrastructural projects. As such, its requirement for robust, secure, and highly available Intranet data access and communications is paramount.

“Deploying the BridgeWave systems has changed the whole operation of our organization,” said Sadiq Assi al-Saadi, IT manager of the Ministry of Transportation. “Until then, we did not have our own Intranet. Now we have the gigabit backhaul capacity we need for data exchange and connectivity with all our remote sites. We also realized an immediate savings of 60% over the technologies we had been using including a mix of government-owned fiber, Wi-Fi, and point-to-point over satellite. The BridgeWave deployment is a one-time investment, and we own our Intranet.»

The Ministry of Transportation engaged with BridgeWave Certified partner, ICS Technologies, to design and install the backhaul network because of its proven track record in the Iraqi environment and superior technical expertise. “Our experience with BridgeWave products and support has been excellent,” said Mohammed A.Taha, managing director. “The BridgeWave AR60X, GE60, and FlexPort 24GHz systems were the logical choice for their proven performance, feature sets, and reputation for high quality and gigabit applications. Once we engineered the paths, the systems were easy to configure, and we installed the systems in less than a week. They have been operating flawlessly since then, despite the high temperatures and dust storms common in Iraq.”

BridgeWave wireless backhaul feature sets include:

  • Adaptive Code Modulation from BPSK through 256QAM
  • Highest bit/Hz spectral efficiency at the longest link distances
  • Outstanding RF performance benefiting from highly integrated architecture
  • Flexible configurations
  • Automatic Transmit Power Control
  • Environmentally friendly, compact and light weight zero-footprint ODU with low power consumption and Power-over-Ethernet
  • Integrated low-latency switch supporting jumbo frames and advanced Ethernet functionality including Quality of Service (QoS), VLAN support, Provider Bridge (Q-in-Q), Radio Link Aggregation (RLA), Ring Protection (RSTP, MSTP) and Ethernet OAM management.
  • 256-bit AES encryption

“It is an imperative that government agencies such as the Ministry of Transportation be supported with gigabit capacity, highly reliable and secure network infrastructure for data transport and connectivity,” said Pamela Valentine, vice president of marketing for BridgeWave Communications. “BridgeWave is pleased to have provided an affordable, fiber-equivalent alternative that meets the Ministry’s day-to-day operations requirements and stretches their IT budget.”

About BridgeWave Communications

BridgeWave Communications provides high-capacity microwave and millimeter wave backhaul and wireless connectivity solutions for operators, carriers, service providers, governments, and private enterprise networks. With over 30,000 systems deployed in over 60 countries, the company’s innovative solutions have been entrusted by customers all over the world to enable highly reliable and secure, high-capacity and gigabit connectivity while reducing operating costs relative to fiber and other land-based alternatives. Founded in 1999, BridgeWave is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information, visit

BridgeWave Communications Contact:
Pamela Valentine
Vice President, Marketing
+1 (408) 445-2595