CenturyLink and CBNL have partnered to extend the former’s global fibre footprint by making the latter’s portfolio of network services and managed solutions available to businesses across South America.
CBNL is deploying a carrier-grade, 10.5GHz, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network to provide last-mile connectivity for CenturyLink’s core network, serving hundreds of businesses in Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela.
CenturyLink has one of the world’s most powerful networks with approximately 450,000 miles of fibre deployed globally and more than 150,000 fibre-enabled on-net buildings. The service provider has previously used point-to-point (PTP) fixed wireless links to bring additional customers on-net. CBNL is replacing this PTP architecture, which is expensive to scale and maintain, with its powerful and cost-effective point-to-multipoint (PMP) FWA infrastructure using high-capacity millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.
Andrés Cáceres, Director of Network Engineering and Architecture, CenturyLink, said: “CBNL’s mmWave FWA solution will extend the reach of our existing network even further to enable additional new customers to connect to our services. CBNL’s PMP architecture has allowed us to streamline the network and minimise its visual impact by freeing up space on saturated city towers. This boosts our efficiency, enabling us to reduce costs and overall power consumption.”
CBNL is deploying its VectaStar platform for the project, which provides commercially-viable last-mile connectivity across vastly different landscapes and terrains, from the mountainous regions in Peru to the Pampas of Argentina. This latest agreement will build on the initial deployments and extend the network to cities in Peru and Ecuador.
Adrian Miguel, Regional Manager, Latin America, CBNL, said: “As global demand increases for flexible and robust connectivity solutions that can quickly scale to meet customer demands, mmWave FWA will continue to demonstrate its aptitude for quick-to-deploy cost-effective enterprise access at the last-mile in a digitally transforming world.”