PMP at 31-GHz to accelerate 5G backhaul and fixed wireless

March 29, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) has launched a 31-GHz variant of its VectaStar® point-to-multipoint (PMP) system, broadening the company’s coverage of licensed high-band frequencies to accelerate 5G backhaul and fixed wireless.

By deploying VectaStar as a last-mile solution, carriers can deliver up to 1.2 Gbps to a site and benefit from a ground-breaking business case that includes fast time to market and total cost of ownership savings of up to 50 percent compared to point-to-point. This is supported by VectaStar’s high levels of spectrum reuse, which enable carriers to increase the customers they can serve from the spectrum, driving unparalleled network efficiency and return on investment.

With the launch, CBNL solidifies its leadership position in the market as the first company to commercialize PMP technology across the licensed 28-39 GHz bands, which has so far delivered pre-5G broadband to more than 35,000 homes and businesses in the US.

The VectaStar 31-GHz system drives significant innovation into a previously under-utilized band in the US, providing carriers with a unique business case to unlock the vast bandwidth of millimeter wave and deliver next generation services across the country.

Lionel Chmilewsky, Chief Executive Officer at CBNL, commented, “With the 31 GHz band naturally paired for symmetrical services, CBNL offers carriers a turnkey fixed wireless solution that supports a range of business critical activities, such as campus connectivity, high capacity broadband and cloud services.

“By expanding CBNL’s solution portfolio across the 5G spectrum bands, we expect to see market adoption of VectaStar continue to grow quickly in the US, increasing high bandwidth connectivity for thousands more homes and businesses.”