The common focus of network equipment is capacity, network cost, and operational efficiencies. However, power consumption is also becoming a more important factor. Many operators have energy reduction targets, and reducing backhaul power consumption helps meet these targets, and can also help reduce recurring operating costs related to energy.
Backhaul network reliability is always a critical concern for operators, especially for those more accustomed to fiber and now considering microwave solutions. The three key elements to microwave network availability are equipment reliability, protection, and path reliability. DragonWave’s Harmony products provide industry-leading capabilities that address each of these issues.
Backhaul equipment represents a significant capital expenditure, and as older equipment reaches its limits and can no longer be maintained, the replacement costs for new equipment becomes very prohibitive. In addition to this significant capital expenditure, there is also the associated cost of equipment removal and disposal, engineering, and reinstallation.