Dragonwave claims first to market with 2048 QAM radios

May 09, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
DragonWave has announced the availability of higher modulation modes of up to 2048 QAM on its Horizon packet microwave products. This higher modulation allows the radios to transport up to 37% more data through existing microwave channels, which significantly improves spectral efficiency and, correspondingly, lowers operators’ cost per bit.

When the company’s unique Bandwidth Accelerator feature — the industry’s only wire-speed bulk data compression technology — is enabled, spectral efficiency is further enhanced 25% to 100% depending on traffic patterns.

Additionally, all Horizon packet microwave radios also support hitless adaptive modulation, bringing operators the benefits of higher capacity delivery by the new modes when link properties permit—even on existing links that have been designed for lower modulation modes.

Jennifer Pigg, president and founder, Battle Green Research, a Yankee Group affiliate, said, “The company’s solution of coupling higher modulation modes with Hitless Adaptive Modulation provides a cost-effective and much needed solution to meet the explosive increase in backhaul capacity demand being driven by a surge in mobile devices and the applications they employ.”

With 2048 QAM, customers can achieve greater than 500 Mbps of transport in a Horizon Compact+ all-outdoor system and up to a Gigabit with DragonWave’s Bandwidth Accelerator. Horizon Quantum can provide 2 carriers per radio each capable of 1024 QAM, delivering up to 2 Gbps in a single radio with Bandwidth Accelerator.