SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks Inc.

February 25, 2014 07:48 ET

Airspan Demonstrates SDN Based Small Cell Backhaul Aggregation Technology

iBridge Backhaul Delivers Gigabit Throughputs to Small Cells

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2014) - Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of 4G LTE broadband wireless access networks, announced today a Software Define Networking (SDN) based Small Cell Backhaul solution for aggregating multiple backhaul technologies in a single network.

Airspan's iBridge Small Cell Backhaul solution combines operation in licensed and unlicensed spectrum using LTE Relay or PTMP NLOS technology in licensed bands and 802.11ac operating in the 5 GHz band. At the heart of this solution is Airspan's SDN architecture for Small Cell Backhaul networks. This architecture combines available backhaul routes and schedules LTE small cell traffic over individual routes according to their QoS and bandwidth requirements. For example, signaling and high priority user plane traffic is routed over licensed spectrum, whilst lower priority traffic is offloaded onto less robust 5 GHz unlicensed or low cost wireline connections such as Bonded DSL, VDSL, DOCSIS, or PON.

Paul Senior, CTO of Airspan Networks commented, "By aggregating available backhaul connections according to QoS rules, a small cell backhaul network can robustly deliver capacities in excess of a Gigabit per second. NLOS wireless backhaul, or LTE Relay, provides the means to roll out small cells quickly and cost effectively."

A live demonstration of Airspan's SDN "Fat Pipe Strong Pipe" has been made at Mobile World Congress where, in a single integrated product, Airspan has added IEEE 802.11ac 5 GHz unlicensed LOS capability to its existing NLOS licensed band small cell backhaul product, iBridge. The demonstration shows dynamic augmentation of robust licensed band links with large 80 MHz IEEE 802.11ac pipes.

Airspan solutions address the needs of carriers, operators and industrial applications across the globe. Airspan products include indoor and outdoor LTE Pico cells, and outdoor, compact Micro and Macro base stations, a wide variety of user devices, and advanced core network products, providing 4G LTE connectivity solutions operating in bands from 700 MHz up to 6.4 GHz.

About Airspan Networks Inc.
Airspan (OTCBB: AIRO) is a leading 4G wireless solution provider. With over 500 customers in over 100 countries and as a top vendor for carrier-class broadband wireless solutions, Airspan is recognized as a leader and pioneer in 4G and broadband wireless technologies. Providing an expansive product portfolio, Airspan offers customers the widest selection of 4G products in the industry with an unsurpassed level of technology to benefit their business case. www.airspan.com.

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