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Fastback Networks Announces Intelligent Backhaul Radio Product Line Expansion With ETSI-compliant and Multi-point Devices

Fastback Networks™ today announced expansion of the Intelligent Backhaul Radio (IBR™) product line including support for both Multi-point-to-point (M-PTP) and Point-to-point (PTP) architectures, Extreme Interference Protection (XIP™) features, and the launch of the ETSI-compliant device into the European market. The IBR enables high density LTE, LTE-A, and the future LTE & Wi-Fi radio access networks, with an industry first transport mechanism for wireless delivery of fiber equivalent services in both Line of Sight (LOS) and completely Non Line of Sight (NLOS) conditions. The Fastback solution is currently in trials with Tier 1 & 2 mobile network and services operators in the US and Europe, and deployed in first office application carrying live traffic in the cities of Los Angeles and New York. The IBR is nominated for Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough for the upcoming GSMA Global Mobile Awards.

Fastback Networks Intelligent Backhaul Radio (Photo: Business Wire)

Fastback Networks Intelligent Backhaul Radio (Photo: Business Wire)

“The IBR assures fiber equivalent services over wireless effectively creating fiber fill-in, and enabling mobile network operators to extend the reach of the service edge to provide anytime anywhere access to services,” said Kevin J. Duffy, CEO & Co-founder, Fastback Networks. “We continue to expand the features and capabilities of the Fastback product line to enable the Anywhere Service Edge, providing the new requirements for speed, latency, and SLA assurance critical to LTE interfaces, such as S1 and X2, and essential to enabling emerging high density mobile networks.”

New Support for Multi-point-to-point Architectures with Fiber Equivalent SLA

With the new M-PTP feature, the IBR delivers multi-point economic leverage while still preserving a fiber equivalent Service Level Agreement (SLA) on each link, an unprecedented capability in a wireless backhaul solution. This feature extends the IBR’s best in class PTP throughput and latency performance to multiple end points, providing greater coverage with fewer devices for LTE macrocell and small cell backhaul. As well, commercial and wholesale services can aggregate multiple ends points for economic leverage without compromising SLA requirements.

Extreme Interference Protection (XIP™): Breakthrough Unleashes Unlicensed Spectrum

Requirements for high performance LTE backhaul require far more spectrum capacity for backhaul, impacting capacity constraints for licensed bands and creating a challenge for mobile operators. In the past, unlicensed bands were rarely used for carrier grade mobile backhaul because the devices could not effectively mitigate interference. Now, Extreme Interference Protection (XIP™), Fastback’s patented algorithms for interference mitigation, enables the IBR to sustain the high throughput and low latency service requirements of LTE backhaul while simultaneously mitigating even the severe levels of interference common in unlicensed spectrum.

XIP mitigates the effects of uncoordinated and self-interference to enable new applications of unlicensed spectrum including LTE macrocell and small cell backhaul. The IBR interference mitigation capability enables sustained, carrier grade performance in unlicensed spectrum to a SLA. This functionality establishes new levels of certainty and reliability for use of unlicensed spectrum, along with the advantages of tapping hundreds of MHz of available 5 GHz spectrum to relieve the capacity constraints of licensed bands.

Highest Capacity and Lowest Latency across Any Line of Sight (AnyLOS™)

The IBR fuses high performance data networking with advanced radio technology to achieve technical and economic breakthroughs that eliminate previous limitations of mobile backhaul performance. This new class of wireless device is an integrated carrier-grade switch and radio purpose built for the requirements of the new mobile network. The IBR is designed for high performance (up to 500Mbps), low latency (‹500µsec), and integrated Carrier Ethernet capabilities to support new architecture and traffic requirements of the new mobile network. The Fastback solution uniquely adapts to Line of Sight or complete Non Line of Sight conditions, a capability that Fastback has trademarked, Any Line of Sight™. For the first time, mobile network operators can deploy small cells in any location without line of sight or access to fiber constraints, and fiber network operators can assure delivery of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services over wireless to locations that previously could not be served.


The ETSI-compliant IBR will be available beginning in the second quarter of 2014. The M-PTP capable IBR will be available in the third quarter of 2014.

Intelligent Transport Focus of Mobile World Congress 2014 Featured Program

A Mobile World Congress 2014 event, Intelligent Transport Shaping Mobile Operator Backhaul Strategies, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Barcelona, will bring together mobile operators, mobile service providers, and technology providers to address the transformation of backhaul in the emerging 4G/LTE network, and the Fastback solution impact.

About Fastback Networks

Fastback Networks was founded with a vision to deliver innovative technology for the mobile infrastructure of the future, enabling network operators to deliver new services, tap new markets and monetize a new generation of mobile applications. With insights derived from the collective team’s experience building leading edge radio and data networking solutions, Fastback Networks looked at the challenges of 4G/LTE deployment with fresh eyes and better ideas, and developed a transformational solution that enables the acceleration of next generation mobile services. Fastback Networks is a privately held company funded by Matrix Partners, Foundation Capital, Granite Ventures, and Juniper Networks Junos Innovation Fund. More information is available at

Fastback Networks, Intelligent Wireless Transport, Any Line of Sight, AnyLOS, XIP, and Anywhere Service Edge are registered trademarks or trademarks of Fastback Networks. Copyright 02/2014, Fastback Networks. All rights reserved.

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