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DragonWave today announced Horizon Duo, which claims industry-leading capacity of up to 1.6 Gbps per link, the lowest-cost-per-bit performance yet for carrier wireless solutions.

The installed base of DragonWave AirPair radios can be upgraded easily to Horizon Duo for a four-times boost in capacity. It shares DragonWave’s software-controlled flex bandwidth feature, enabling users to expand capacity without re-visiting antenna sites.

“With the requirement for larger backhaul capacities, we are seeing an increasing reliance on microwave by carriers,” said Michael Howard, Principal Analyst at Infonetics Research.

“This innovative platform unquestionably expands DragonWave’s industry lead in flexibility, capacity and cost efficiency,” added Alan Solheim, vice president of product management at DragonWave.

DragonWave’s Horizon Duo operates within both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies in the 11-to-38-GHz range, providing native Ethernet connectivity up to 1.6 Gbps full duplex, enabling 99.999-percent service availability. Using an optional plug-in with Horizon Duo, a carrier could carry 16 E1/T1, two DS3/E3 or OC3/STM1 services back to the core fiber network over a single Gigabit Ethernet connection.

DragonWave also announced its Service Delivery Unit portfolio, enabling carriers to converge Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and Internet Protocol (IP) services. The DragonWave solution supports up to six Gigabit Ethernet ports, in addition to the TDM ports. The new unit enables carriers to converge TDM and IP traffic across a single, wireless Ethernet infrastructure.

DragonWave will show its new solution at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, April 1-3.

In other news, the IEEE wants to use the unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum for quickly transmitting large amounts of data over short distances through the WirelessHD standard. The next TG3c meeting will be in March 16-21, 2008, in Orlando, Florida.

SiBeam believes their CMOS 60 GHz chips, and integrated MIMO antennas, could deliver an alternative to WiFi and UWB (WiMedia) for HD distribution around the home.

Related DailyWireless stories include; DragonWave Gets a Big Order, NextPhase + GigaBeam Deliver SoCal Biz Nets, EZ Wireless Deploys 60 GHz for DOJ, Gigabit Wireless in LA, FiberTower to Backhaul Sprint WiMAX and Hot Chips Does Multicore & 60 GHz.

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