Point-to-multipoint agreement bringing mobile broadband to Middle East

Soaring demand for mobile broadband in the Middle East has prompted a partnership between two specialists aimed at providing multi-gigabit backhaul to metro and dense urban areas. The agreement between Bluwan and Giza Systems will also enable mobile network operators in the region to accelerate their heterogeneous network (HetNet) deployments. 

The partnership leverages Giza Systems’ knowledge of the specific challenges faced by operators in the region and Bluwan’s LinkFusion point to multipoint millimetre wave backhaul system, which operates in the 42 GHz band. It provides the high bandwidth requirements for increased network density that previous point to multipoint systems could not accommodate, providing an advantage over traditional backhaul approaches.

Point to multipoint technology is now able to deliver the guaranteed performance of point to point, but in a multipoint architecture. The solution delivers up to 10 Gbps per transmission hub and up to 240 Mbps throughput per terminal, enabling operators to backhaul up to twenty base stations from a single sector, each with dedicated bandwidth. In addition, it can provide significant CAPEX and OPEX savings by avoiding the need to lay cables.

The system’s TDD architecture also gives operators the flexibility to configure their bandwidth needs based on actual customer demand, leveraging the 42 GHz spectrum, which is widely available in the region.

Shehab ElNawawi, Chairman and CEO at Giza Systems, said: “The demand for mobile broadband in the Middle East in the past year alone has been exacerbated by increased consumer usage of mobile TV, over the top (OTT) and mobile cloud services. Bluwan’s backhaul solution is able to provide both the speed and capacity required for the cell densification we are seeing in the region.”

Operators are able to extend the range of the system via a relay product, which also allows for overcoming traditional point to multipoint line of sight challenges. In addition, a wide array of antennas provides the ability to light up street canyons in metro cell deployments.

The partnership will cover more than twenty countries, from North Africa to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with trials underway in the UAE.

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