UK Broadband Deploys Siklu E-band Millimeter Wave Gear to Backhaul London Small Cell Traffic

  UK Broadband Deploys Siklu E-band Millimeter Wave Gear to Backhaul London
  Small Cell Traffic

    Siklu's EtherHaul Fits UK Broadband's Need for Compact, Cost-Effective
                                   Solution

Business Wire

LONDON -- July 1, 2014

Leading UK service provider UK Broadband, which has been using Siklu 70-80 GHz
E-band millimeter wave equipment in its customers’ wireless solutions, is now
putting those same systems to work in backhauling small cell traffic for its
central London 4G network.

UK Broadband, the nation's largest commercial holder of radio spectrum
suitable for 4G mobile services and fixed wireless solutions, has built a 4G
network across central London. That network uses a combination of macro and
small cells, with fiber as the primary backhaul medium and microwave backhaul
to connect the macro cell sites and the fiber drop points. Typically, UK
Broadband uses a combination of 42 GHz and 28 GHz broadband, where the company
owns spectrum.

The UK Broadband 4G network also incorporates small cells installed on street
lighting columns, similar to lightposts but thicker and with less sway. What
UK Broadband needed was a cost-effective backhaul solution to be mounted on
those columns that would take up very little space.

After ruling out standard microwave links because of their bulky dish size and
weight, UK Broadband looked at the EtherHaul-1200 system from Siklu, the
industry leader in the E-band millimeter wave market. UK Broadband was
familiar with EtherHaul's compact size, low cost, and low power requirements,
and recognized its potential in small cell backhaul.

With space at a premium on the street lighting columns, the backhaul antennas
must be as compact as possible. As Steve Hobbs, CTO of UK Broadband, pointed
out, “Siklu’s dish is small and unobtrusive, and that was an important
consideration.”

The EtherHaul system also features low power requirements, which can be
delivered via Power over Ethernet (PoE) or direct 48-volt power from the small
cell. Those power features keep operating costs low even as EtherHaul delivers
the capacity necessary for the backhaul traffic.

“The cost of Siklu compared to standard microwave is very competitive," Hobbs
added. "The equipment itself is lower cost, and installing it can be done
simply and inexpensively as well. All you need is line of sight to your cell
site."

In testing EtherHaul as a small cell backhaul solution, the equipment
performed as expected, providing very stable throughput. UK Broadband is using
both the TDD and FDD versions of EtherHaul, taking advantage of the strengths
of each in different backhaul scenarios.

As the company continues to expand the 4G network, UK Broadband intends to use
EtherHaul across all of their street light column sites where there is line of
sight and a transmission distance less than one kilometer.

"This is one more application where EtherHaul is the ideal solution," said
Andrew Westerman, Siklu's Sales Director for Western Europe. "We have been at
the forefront of millimeter wave backhaul design for a number of years, and we
continue to innovate to enable operators to deploy mobile backhaul solutions
and keep their total cost of ownership low."

About Siklu

Siklu builds gigabit millimeter-wave wireless backhaul solutions over the
70/80 GHz E-band and 60 GHz V-band. Based on a unique all-silicon design that
reduces price, minimizes the form factor, and increases reliability, Siklu's
radios are ideal for macro and small cell backhaul. Leveraging this
state-of-the-art all-silicon radio technology, Siklu developed the
EtherHaul-600T, a palm-sized all-outdoor small cell backhaul product that
allows rapid deployment anywhere, including street lamps, rooftops, and the
sides of buildings. Representing a crucial advance for mass deployment of
small cells, the integrated, all-silicon Siklu approach brings down costs to a
fraction of other millimeter wave solutions. Siklu's field-proven technology
is becoming the top choice of Tier 1 operators for gigabit backhaul worldwide,
and thousands of units have been deployed and are operating reliably in all
weather conditions.

About UK Broadband

UK Broadband Limited provides wireless data capacity, equipment, services and
solutions to the telecoms industry, service providers, channel partners and
the public sector. UK Broadband switched on the first 4G LTE system for
commercial services in the UK in February 2012 and is the UK's largest
commercial holder of national radio spectrum suitable for 4G mobile services
and fixed wireless solutions. UK Broadbandis a wholly owned subsidiary of
PCCW Limited (PCCW), the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited, Hong
Kong's premier telecommunications provider and a world-class player in
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

Contact:

Siklu Communication Ltd
Shahar Peleg, +972-3-9214015
Director of Product Management and Marketing
Fax: +972-3-9214162
E-mail: shahar dot p at siklu.com
 
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