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White Papers & Resources for 60 GHz & 80 GHz Wireless Backhaul and LAN/WAN Extension


The following white papers and resources provide detailed content on radio frequency (RF) technology and trends, and gigabit point-to-point wireless offerings for Enterprises, Service Providers, Healthcare Providers, Educational Institutions, Governments & Militaries looking for secure, high-capacity wireless networks.

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Solutions Brief: Wireless Solutions for Governments

In recent years, civil and military government agencies across the U.S. and abroad have become highly dependent on new broadband technologies to meet the requirements of video imaging systems for national security and intelligence, public safety, and surveillance purposes. In addition to high capacity backhaul for video surveillance applications, point-to-point gigabit Ethernet wireless solutions are an ideal way for government agencies to enable future-proof, high-speed mobile connectivity, even in emergency situations in which communications are required on a moment’s notice, with all the performance benefits of fiber, while still yielding a significant cost savings compared to metro fiber cabling. This paper will explore the vital role and value proposition that gigabit Ethernet (GigE) wireless plays for local and state governments. We have identified four government verticals: corporate government building connectivity, federal agencies, surveillance, and military applications.

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Solutions Brief: Wireless Solutions in Health Care

Medical applications are among the most demanding users of network capacity, real-time performance, mission-critical reliability, and data security. Fiber optic cabling is the primary technology of choice to fulfill these requirements; however, it is often difficult or costly to connect fiber to buildings across city streets or beyond the main campus. Increasingly, hospitals and medical centers are accelerating the pace of accessing and storing patient's records via EMRs (electronic medical records), including lab results, pharmaceutical data and PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems). The use of tablet computers to simplify record updates is growing. In March of 2011, bulletinhealthcare.com reported a 45% increase in health care professionals' access to information by smartphone or iPad®. Considering that data centers storing these records are often not connected to the main hospital, or medical office building, all this adds up to an explosion of information straining existing network infrastructure.

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Solutions Brief: Wireless Solutions in Education

Schools and universities are among the leading consumers and early adopters of high-capacity wireless technology. Bandwidth-consuming smartphones and tablet computers are becoming a ubiquitous part of today’s college campuses. Students and faculty are straining campus networks with their devices’ insatiable need for more capacity. The widespread use of Wi-Fi access hubs for an expanding array of wireless devices, as well as security cameras across campuses, compels the need for capacity that can be quickly and easily deployed. Point-to-point gigabit Ethernet wireless solutions are an ideal way for universities to enable future-proof, high-speed mobile connectivity for students, faculty and administrators, with all the performance benefits of fiber, while yielding a significant cost savings compared to metro fiber cabling.

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White Paper: FlexPort® µWave

A Better Approach to High-Capacity Microwave Backhaul

This white paper will discuss how traditional microwave radios have coped with squeezing extra bandwidth from their platforms. There are several methods that have been employed over the years to accomplish this. These technologies have produced varied degrees of success, and their respective advantages and limitations are discussed accordingly. An innovative and more efficient technology is proposed with the FlexPort® platform. The FlexPort µWave provides an innovative, multi-channel solution that dramatically increases the capacity of the radio with no additional hardware costs. This white paper will outline these comparisons in detail.

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White Paper: FlexPort® Mobile Backhaul Platform

The Evolution of Backhaul

The evolution from 2G/3G mobile networks to 4G creates challenges for operators that go well beyond the adoption of new handset airinterface technologies. 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX capacity translate into aggregate base station capacities that grow from the tens of megabits per second common today to hundreds. This in turn places demands on backhaul networks that drive a transition from copper and low-capacity microwave links to fiber and new gigabit wireless backhaul solutions. This growth in capacity is primarily driven by data services; therefore, operators also look to transition from circuit to packet-based architectures in order to more efficiently adapt to the new data-centric world. In order to realize the efficiency gains promised by packet architectures, robust traffic and network management tools are required to optimally address a high mix of application traffic with widely varying Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. While operators look towards a new data-driven future, incumbent operators will still rely on their legacy of 2G/3G networks for years to come. Backhaul solutions that look forward to 4G must also support existing access technologies, without imposing substantial cost or complexity on operators.

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White Paper: 80 GHz Technology Comparison

The cost and performance benefits of 80 GHz links compared to short-haul 18-38 GHz licensed frequency band products

As service providers and private network operators seek cost effective solutions to high capacity connectivity, wireless systems are ideal because of their flexibility, speed of deployment, and lower overall life-cycle costs compared to leased-line services. This paper discusses the choices when considering licensed band links for short-haul applications, and the performance and cost benefits provided by 80 GHz gigabit wireless  systems.

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White Paper: Leased-Line Replacement

Utilizing gigabit wireless links to provide fiber-like performance at significant savings compared to leased lines.

Due to competitive market pressures, businesses are increasing looking to IT departments to improve productivity and control costs. This paper examines the benefits of replacing leased line circuits with affordable gigabit Ethernet wireless links.

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White Paper: The Economics of Gigabit 4G Mobile Backhaul

How "wireless fiber" 80 GHz links provide an economical alternative to operator-owned fiber

Today, copper-based T1/E1 circuits dominate mobile base station site backhaul, complemented by the use of 6-38 GHz microwave links when copper circuits are either unavailable, too costly, or take too long to deploy. As 4G capabilities are added to today’s urban 2G/3G networks or are rolled out as green-field deployments, cell site backhaul and aggregation network requirements will rise from the tens and hundreds of megabits/second into the gigabits/second of capacity range. Low cell-site fiber penetration rates, coupled with often prohibitive costs of new fiber lateral deployment, will drive the adoption of "wireless fiber" 80 GHz backhaul solutions, as a technology upgrade for both copper and microwave backhaul solutions. Unlike copper circuits and leased fiber services, 80 GHz solutions scale in performance up to the multi-gigabit performance range, without incurring a corresponding increase in operator costs. 80 GHz solutions provide highly-available connectivity at typical urban backhaul distances and feature sufficient capacity to simultaneously support legacy TDM and rapidly-growing IP packet traffic. With worldwide adoption of the 80 GHz spectrum band underway, 80 GHz links are well-positioned to fulfill a critical enabling role for emerging 4G mobile deployments.

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Solutions Brief: Wireless Backhauling for Video Surveillance Applications

BridgeWave’s high performance gigabit Ethernet wireless links provide secure and cost-effective connectivity for video surveillance applications. High capacity, high quality traffic from advanced digital IP-based cameras can be seamlessly backhauled to the monitoring stations where the data is analyzed and stored.

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White Paper: BridgeWave AdaptPath™ Solutions

Prior to the introduction of AdaptPath technology, BridgeWave AdaptRate gigabit wireless links set the standard for gigabit link availability over multi- mile distances. Now, BridgeWave's AdaptPath technology takes long-range gigabit link availability to the next level. The AdaptPath solution creates an all-weather, dual-path data connection by pairing a primary path BridgeWave 60 GHz or 80 GHz GigE wireless bridge with a lower speed, highly rain-tolerant secondary path. The resulting dual technology solution allows gigabit links to be deployed over unprecedented link distances, while maintaining up to 99.999% service  availability.

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Gigabit Wireless Security

BridgeWave 60 GHz and 80 GHz millimeter wave antennas produce very narrow beams that focus energy on the intended receivers while providing smaller, more secure data paths than lower frequency wireless systems. BridgeWave also utilizes proprietary modulation, auto-calibration and forward error correction methods to improve link performance while further enhancing data transmission security, as well as secure management and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) options.

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White Paper: BridgeWave AdaptRate™ Solutions

It is a law of physics that rain downpours attenuate RF signals by scattering energy off of the desired path. This is especially true for radios with operating frequencies of over 10 GHz, where most high-capacity point-to-point links operate. To deploy reliable high-frequency radio links, it is necessary to provision the links with enough RF link margin to prevent outages during periods of severe rainfall.

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White Paper: Choosing The Right Gigabit Wireless Link: 60 GHz and 80 GHz (E-Band)

60 GHz and 80 GHz (71-86 GHz) wireless links have clearly emerged as the preferred solutions to extend gigabit networks between sites or to connect sites into fiber optic network backbones. No other wireless products offer their unique combination of capacity, reach, availability, security and value. Still, within this category there are several product options to choose from. BridgeWave offers the broadest family of gigabit wireless products, both at 60 GHz and in 80 GHz, to address a wide range of applications.

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White Paper: E-Band Link Registration - A Lightweight Approach to Spectrum Licensing

80 GHz (E-Band) refers to 10 GHz of licensed-band spectrum allocated by the US FCC, split between 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz. This paper covers the typical process for registering 80 GHz links and BridgeWave's registration options.

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White Paper: Gigabit Wireless Applications Using 60 GHz Radios

License-free 60 GHz radios have unique characteristics that make them substantially different from traditional 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz license-free radios, as well as setting them apart from licensed-band millimeter-wave radios.

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Detailed Technology Comparison Chart

A detailed analysis of high-capacity point-to-point wireless link alteratives.

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HIPAA Compliance

Learn about the stringent Health Insurance Portability & Accountablity Act (HIPAA) compliance requirements.

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