SOURCE: BridgeWave Communications

BridgeWave Communications

November 28, 2011 08:00 ET

BridgeWave's FlexPort® uWave Provides Critical Internet Backhaul to Iowa Internet Service Provider Spiral Communications

Wireless Solutions Backhaul IP Traffic, Resulting in Over 90 Percent Cost Savings Compared to Fiber

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 28, 2011) - BridgeWave Communications, the leading supplier of 4G millimeter wave backhaul solutions, today announced that Spiral Communications, an ISP operating in Southwest Iowa, has deployed BridgeWave's FlexPort µWave to support IP traffic across Iowa and Nebraska. The full rate gigabit microwave link provides reliable connectivity to Spiral's customer base at a significant cost savings over traditional fiber.

Spiral Communications is an established ISP that specializes in high speed internet, IT support and wireless networks. Its services include point-to-point IP connectivity and VoIP at speeds and uptime as reliable as a wired network.

The company needed a backhaul solution capable of achieving full gigabit speeds to support their growing network. The closest fiber point-of-presence (POP) was seven miles away in nearby Nebraska. After exploring several alternative radio products, Justin Hornberger, vice president of operations at Spiral Communications found that BridgeWave's FlexPort µWave was the only solution capable of achieving the necessary bandwidth at the range required. Using innovative microwave technology, the FlexPort µWave link provides an extension of Spiral Communication's fiber backbone with minimal latency. Spiral Communications is expecting to reach full ROI within 18 months of deployment.

"With the FlexPort µWave link up and running, we were able to seamlessly transport bandwidth to the same location at less than one-tenth of the price we were quoted for symmetrical fiber service locally," said Hornberger. "In addition to being extremely cost-effective, the FlexPort µWave allows for unparalleled range at fiber-equivalent speed."

FlexPort µWave is the first microwave radio, operating in the 18 to 38 GHz spectrum, capable of transmitting full-rate gigabit Ethernet in a single, compact, all-outdoor unit. Utilizing BridgeWave's Ethernet switching, digital modem and signal processing technologies, FlexPort µWave is designed to offer true future-proof access and aggregation capacity without ever having to add on a second radio or climb a tower to achieve full-rate gigabit transmission.

"The FlexPort µWave is the only solution enabling full rate gigabit connectivity in the 18 to 38 GHz frequency bands using a single, all-outdoor unit," said Amir Makleff, CEO at BridgeWave Communications. "BridgeWave's gigabit wireless links offer service providers a cost-effective means of extending fiber backbones to broaden service and ultimately better meet the needs of subscribers."

About BridgeWave Communications
BridgeWave Communications is the leading supplier of high-capacity 4G millimeter wave backhaul and gigabit wireless connectivity solutions. BridgeWave's carrier-grade, point-to-point wireless FlexPort® links provide a future-proof mobile backhaul solution for carriers and mobile operators looking to support 4G/LTE/WiMAX adoption. PicoHaul™ links provide the same carrier-grade high-capacity, small-cell backhaul for dense cell deployments. The company's 60 GHz and 80 GHz links offer up to ten times the bandwidth of comparably-priced lower-frequency license-free and licensed-band wireless links, while providing superior interference immunity and data security. Founded in 1999, BridgeWave is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit

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