BridgeWave Introduces High Performance, Cost Effective Multi-Gigabit Licensed Microwave Radio Systems

BridgeWave Communications has unveiled single and dual-transceiver licensed all-outdoor gigabit microwave radio systems supporting frequency bands from 6 GHz to 42 GHz. The NAVIGATOR is built on the company’s proprietary custom ASICs, delivering ultra-high capacity and features that far exceed those of microwave radios manufactured using off-the-shelf chipsets. In addition to performance they have also kept the price low. The features and flexibility allow operators to optimize networks for the highest capacity and range, while minimizing both upfront investment costs and the ongoing costs to maintain and service networks.

The NAVIGATOR is a major step forward in the licensed microwave space, offering features unavailable in any other microwave radio until now. These include the ability to combine dual subcarriers in each transceiver to transport up to 2.75 Gbps in the single transceiver radio and 5.5 Gbps in the dual transceiver radio; modulations up to 4096 QAM with ultra-wide channel bandwidths up to 112 MHz (ETSI) and 160 MHz (ANSI) to maximize capacity and range; field-replaceable diplexers to minimize product lead times and inventory stocking costs; a dual 10 GbE interface that enables a simple, single fiber run to the radio; and an adaptable antenna interface that allows operators to upgrade legacy networks with minimum investment and disruption.

Along with unparalleled radio performance, first-of-its-kind capabilities, and a low price point, the NAVIGATOR offers other cost-saving advantages including integrated combining elements that eliminate bulky and pricy external couplers, and OMTs for various multi-channel configurations; a no-touch maintenance port that simplifies upgrades or troubleshooting; and a zero-footprint configuration that makes it ideal for mounting on towers, rooftops, or other structures without the need to shelter equipment and maintain temperature-controlled environments.

The NAVIGATOR is available in single and dual transceiver models. NAVIGATOR ST can achieve capacities up to 1.5 Gbps per radio using a single carrier, and 2.75 Gbps using dual sub-carriers, without requiring any additional equipment. NAVIGATOR DT can achieve capacities up to 3 Gbps per radio using a single carrier per transceiver and 5.5 Gbps using dual sub-carriers per transceiver, without requiring any additional equipment. NAVIGATOR DT also includes XPIC and MIMO frequency re-use technologies to double capacity using a single licensed channel. XPIC and 2+0 operation are supported using just a single radio. Both the NAVIGATOR ST and NAVIGATOR DT feature field-replaceable diplexers that easily and inexpensively convert to different sub-bands, eliminating the costly need to spare radios in specific sub-bands.

NAVIGATOR systems support a broad range of applications:

  • Fiber extension/replacement/backup
  • 3G/4G backhaul and seamless transition to 5G
  • Shared networks
  • Mobile fronthaul
  • WAN/LAN connectivity
  • Disaster recovery
  • Video surveillance
  • Campus connectivity
  • Monitoring and control

NAVIGATOR is currently in customer trials and will be available for delivery in Q4 2017. Click here to learn more about this solution.