Ceragon Networks Breaks Wireless Capacity Barrier

[Tel Aviv] – Ceragon Networks Ltd (CRNT), a global provider of broadband wireless systems, and First Mark Comunicaciones Espana, said they deployed the first commercial 311 Mbps system.

The companies said the FibeAir 3100 is a scalable, ultra-high capacity wireless networking solution that enables service providers to progressively increase network capacity from 155 to 311 Mbps. Based on an earlier Ceragon product, the 3100 operates in the same frequency channel in dual polarization, which doubles capacity over a single channel.

FirstMark is building out a broadband communications network in Europe using both the FibeAir 1500 and 3100 systems, operating in the 38 GHz band, to provide high-speed connectivity throughout its wireless metropolitan network in Spain.

“Ceragon was the first company in the world to deliver high-capacity, high-frequency wireless connections at 155 Mbps in the 38 GHz frequency band, and now we continue to maintain our leadership position as the first company to provide 311 Mbps for commercial deployment,” said Ceragon chief executive Shraga Katz. “At 311 Mbps, our FibeAir 3100 not only exceeds all other commercial system speeds, but it also drives additional revenue for our customers by optimizing resources.”

FirstMark COO Luis Rodriguez said that as a competitive service provider, FirstMark’s challenge is to “quickly and cost-effectively deploy flexible and reliable broadband networks. The Ceragon FibeAir 3100 helps accomplish this by allowing us to easily double our network capacity when we need to, without using more spectrum.”

Ceragon’s 311 Mbps systems uses a single channel to transport high-speed Internet access and integrated data, video and voice services. These higher capacity systems offer customers use of a variety of interfaces (OC-3/STM-1, Fast Ethernet and DS3/E3), frequency bands (18, 23, 26, 28, 29, 31 and 38 GHz) and transport protocols (IP, SONET/SDH, ATM) within a modular system architecture.

Ceragon specializes in point to point, broadband wireless networking systems in metropolitan areas. Its products support high-speed Internet access and integrated data, video and voice services.

The products operate across multiple licensed frequencies, from 18 to 38 GHz, and comply with North American and international standards and delivering IP, SONET/SDH and ATM broadband networks.

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