Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Aviat teams up with Symmetricom on microwave backhaul

Aviat Networks, a leader in wireless transmission solutions, has teamed up with Symmetricom, Inc, SyncWorld Ecosystem Programme to deliver tested solutions for mobile backhaul synchronization over packet microwave networks, reports CHARLES OKOH.

The collaborating with Symmetricom, it is expected, would strengthen Aviat Networks’ solution portfolio for IP network migration by adding IEEE 1588v2 synchronization capability, which enables the smooth introduction of 4G/LTE. This solution capability is in addition to Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), which was added to Aviat’s Eclipse platform in late 2010.

Vice president of marketing at Symmetricom, Manish Gupta said as networks migrate to Ethernet backhaul for LTE deployments, Symmetricom is committed to developing industry-leading carrier grade timing and synchronization solutions that ensure a smoother transition to packet based services.

“We’re delighted to have Aviat Networks join the SyncWorld Ecosystem Program and look forward to further collaboration,” he said.

Symmetricom also disclosed the launch of its SyncWorld Ecosystem Programme to support precise timing and synchronization requirements for 4G/LTE deployments that ensure seamless integration for service provider networks. The SyncWorld Ecosystem Programme represents all elements of the mobile value chain from embedded to network equipment manufacturers.

Senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Aviat Networks, Shaun McFall, said “Our relationship with Symmetricom enriches the solution options available to our customers globally, allowing Aviat Networks to combine a mix of superior wireless and timing technologies with professional support services and end-to-end management to deliver a cost-effective and versatile backhaul solution.”

While praising the collaboration, the country manager of Aviat Networks Nigeria Olawale Osimosu, restated the commitment of the wireless solutions provider to advance the penetration of 4G/LTE telecommunications networks in Nigeria as the fastest growing telecommunications market in the world.

According to Mr. Osimosu, “The success that resulted from the collaboration between Aviat Networks and SyncWorld provides assurance to mobile operators even in Nigeria, which are currently deploying or planning to deploy IEEE 1588v2 timing over packet microwave”. He expressed confidence that Aviat Networks Nigeria has the technical capability to support the local telecommunications industry.

Maintaining accurate timing and synchronization in mobile networks is critical for successful call “hand off” when mobile users are traveling between cell sites and to ensure overall voice quality and performance is maintained. As mobile operators migrate their backhaul networks to Ethernet to efficiently handle the vast amounts of growing data and video traffic, a reliable method of maintaining synchronization over packet network is required. Precision Time Protocol, standardized as IEEE 1588v2, has become the de facto standard for packet timing.

Aviat Networks and Symmetricom jointly completed extensive performance and interoperability tests to verify the performance of 1588v2 timing over various complex microwave backhaul network configurations under real-world deployment scenarios, including a 10-hop microwave backhaul network supporting Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM).

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