In the telecom world, equipment manufacturers often face the dilemma of buying “commercial off the shelf” (COTS) chipsets as opposed to developing network processors in-house. While buying ready-made COTS chipsets from third-party vendors can reduce costs and shorten the R&D process, it can also limit a platform’s functionality and the ability to fully customize a solution. For this reason, a number of high-end routing platforms such as Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia) and Cisco have moved from COTS to home-grown network processes.Read More >
How can you gain more capacity while saving on tower leasing fees?
The costs involved in the leasing of cell tower space for antennas can be high and depend on various factors including site location, the size and weight of your antennas, and how much wind torque your antennas add to the tower structure.Read More >
The Benefits of Developing Chips In-House
When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer infamously declared in 2007, “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance,” Steve Jobs was forming the chip design team that would make his name and Apple’s iPhone a part of technological legend. These very chip designing capabilities, which Jobs astutely brought in-house, have enabled Apple to maintain the massive moat between itself and an entire industry.Read More >
Enabling mission-critical multimedia services to first responders and rescuers
You know the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going?” That’s exactly what first responders need to do in emergencies or developing events. They need to be able to act responsibly and quickly, streaming real-time HD video to remote command and control centers, apprising them of situational awareness. In this way, those in charge can assess what’s happening and dispatch the right team, at the right time, on time.Read More >
Deploying Microwave Links in Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum
What are the practical differences between licensed spectrum and unlicensed spectrum for deploying microwave links?
Licensed microwave spectrum is found in the 6-42GHz range (with some minor exceptions). Spectrum below 6GHz and above 42GHz (6-38GHz in North America), is generally unlicensed. As its name implies, licensed spectrum must be obtained from the licensing body of a country/state/locale. Depending on demand and other factors, licenses for spectrum can be costly while there is no licensing cost to use unlicensed spectrum.Read More >