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Fastback Doubles Intelligent Backhaul Radio Speed To 2Gbps Non Line of Sight

Leap in speed with sub-millisecond latency sets new industry performance benchmark for Non Line of Sight backhaul to enable the 5G mobile network

San Jose, California — August 29, 2016 — Fastback Networks® today announced the new 2 Gbps capable Intelligent Backhaul Radio (IBR) 1300 release, the industry’s first 5 GHz Any Line of Sight  backhaul solution to meet both the higher speed and lower latency requirements of 5G networks.  With this leap in capacity, a discrete form factor (8x10x3.5 inches), and a multitude of advanced ease of deployment features, the IBR-1300 delivers on both the performance and usability features required to enable multi-gigabit carrier grade backhaul service for 5G networks, macro and small cell fill-in, and fiber extension.

“The IBR-1300 is the only 5 GHz backhaul solution that offers low enough latency (350 us typical) to meet 4G and 5G carrier network requirements, provides non-line-of-sight (NLOS) and line-of-sight (LOS) ranges up to 20 km, automatically self-aligns and deploys with all skill levels of installation technicians, operates in full duplex mode without separate “A” and “B” side units, and utilizes standard on board AC power,” said  Dr Kevin J. Negus, Co-founder and CTO of Fastback Networks. “And now with this upgrade, the IBR-1300 is also the only 5 GHz backhaul solution in the world that provides up to 2 Gbps of reliable user throughput.”

“Microwave Non Line of Sight connectivity will play an increasingly important role as mobile operators seek to backhaul ever more densely deployed radio end points—either macro cells or small cells, said Richard Webb, Research Director, Mobile Backhaul & Small Cells, IHS Markit. “Up until now, NLOS backhaul had a challenge in terms of capacity, but with this announcement, Fastback has continued to build on its track record of innovation in the NLOS segment by driving the high capacity required for LTE macro and 5G backhaul.” 

In addition to up to 100% increase in throughput performance, the new release delivers additional features that further advance the flexibility, reliability and deployability of the IBR.  For operators utilizing network architectures that handle extra-large packets, the IBR now supports jumbo frames up to over 9000 bytes, enabling the efficiency achieved with these architectures.  A local Ethernet port enhances management and monitoring, and supports link aggregation. And other features further improve performance in NLOS, enhance interference mitigation, and expand carrier grade QoS features. The new higher speed software release, available in October 2016, will be offered as an upgrade option to existing IBR 1300 customers.

IBR Deployments
The IBR is enabling mobile network operators to locate radio access equipment where needed to increase network density and improve reliability. The IBR is widely deployed by Tier One mobile networks providing high capacity backhaul for network densification via macro cell upgrade and fill-in, and small cell deployments. The IBR is rapidly becoming the industry standard for operators and enterprises for high capacity temporary service or data connectivity, extra capacity or coverage, emergency situations, or fiber infrastructure failures. Recent special event temporary deployments for Tier One operators include Super Bowl 2016, Pope Francis’ US visit, New Years Eve Times Square, President Obama commencement speech at Rutgers University and the SXSW musical festival to name but a few.  Managed service operators are increasingly utilizing the IBR to enable gigabit wireless connectivity for fiber redundancy and to extend the reach of fiber services, shortening the time to acquire new customers. 

About Fastback Networks
Fastback Networks was founded with a vision to deliver innovative technology for the mobile infrastructure of the future. Fastback solutions enable network operators to expand and enhance services, and private networks to secure, monitor and manage operations via high capacity data connectivity. With insights derived from the collective team’s experience building leading edge radio and data networking solutions, Fastback Networks looks at the challenges of 4G/5GLTE deployment with fresh eyes and better ideas, and develops transformational mobile backhaul solutions that enable the acceleration of the mobile future. Fastback Networks is a privately held company funded by Business Growth Fund, Foundation Capital, Granite Ventures, Harmony Partners, Juniper Networks Junos Innovation Fund, and Matrix Partners.

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