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PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORKS ENTER THE MULTI-GBPS ERA

By Dudy Cohen

Ultra-High Capacity V-Band Solution Brings New Possibilities to Enterprise Networking

Enterprise networking is becoming more and more crucial to organizational business continuity. The main reason for this, as discussed in our previous blog, is that organizations rely heavily on their ICT infrastructure and cloud services.

And when it comes to enterprise networking, the demand for capacity is enormous. Business applications, multimedia traffic and even basic intra- and inter-organizational communication make massive demands on capacity, which in turn drives significant growth in enterprise networking scales.

As a standard, end devices such as desktops, laptops and other clients connect to the local network using a 1Gbps interface. This means that the aggregated capacity across an organization can no longer be based on 100s of Mbps, as was common until recently in campus internetworking and external connectivity.

When it comes to wireless connectivity however, the connecting between buildings in the enterprise campus and the connecting of building to an external service provider has become far more challenging.

Until the last few years, mainly sub-6GHz license exempt-based solutions were used for such tasks. These solutions leveraged zero spectrum-related efforts and cost, which comprised a cost-efficient way to provide 100s of Mbps across the campus.

However, this is no longer the case. Firstly, the capacity demand has outgrown the capabilities of such solutions; and secondly, the spectrum used for these solutions (mainly in the 5.XGHz bands) has become congested and suffers from heavy interference as a result of evolving enterprise mobility that uses the same frequencies, which led to a significant drop in available capacity.

The question arises whether fiber deployment is the suitable alternative for these under-performing wireless solutions. If yes, then enterprises will face massive additional expenses as fiber deployment is a time-consuming, expensive and lengthy process.

Fortunately, in the last few years, alternative wireless technologies have emerged that utilize the wide channel and highly-available millimeterwave spectrum, or more specifically, E-Band and V-Band.

As described in our previous blog post, V-Band is a more suitable solution for campus and enterprise connectivity as it is a license-exempt band that is limited to hundreds of meters reach. For this reason, it is high in capacity but suffers less interference than the 5.xGHz solution.

Until now, common V-Band solutions provided capacities of up to 1Gbps, which is enough for small-scale deployments but does not cover the current (and definitely not the future) capacity requirements, which keep growing and growing as discussed earlier.

So it seems like wireless connectivity solutions are about to under-perform, yet again.

The FibeAir IP-20V, the most recent member of Ceragon’s IP-20 platform, changes this reality and enables enterprises and ISPs to achieve ultra-high-capacity with a multi-Gbps solution for enterprise connectivity. Offering capacity of up to 2.5Gbps, the IP-20V allows future-proof connectivity without compromise.

Moreover, its compact form-factor and integrated flat-panel antenna make it look like a wireless hotspot, blending perfectly into any environment.

In our next blog we’ll discuss additional use cases for V-Band implementation, as well as the importance of ease of deployment, management and maintenance when it comes to V-Band solutions.

To read more about the IP-20V, visit https://www.ceragon.com/products/fibeair-ip-20v/