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Virgin Media Business and Siklu Trial Urban Small Cell Backhaul Network in UK
|By Business Wire
|May 28, 2014 04:04 AM EDT
Virgin Media Business and Siklu,
the market leader in millimeter wave backhaul systems, have successfully
trialed a small cell backhaul network in Leeds, located in the northern
In the trial, which was conducted under typical small cell network
conditions, Siklu radios were installed on lighting poles across Leeds
by installers without any telecommunications experience. The
EtherHaul-600T backhaul radios were easily deployed and performed
flawlessly during the trial.
This small cell deployment comes after Virgin Media Business was awarded
a concession by Leeds City Council in 2012. This gave the company access
to street furniture in order to provide public WiFi and to boost mobile
data services in locations across the city. It also enabled Virgin Media
Business to provide Sync E fibre backhaul to mobile operators for small
cell network deployment.
In the first step of the trial, a small cell network on the street
furniture proved the feasibility of street level deployments. There are
a number of installation and operational challenges in these deployments
that operators haven’t faced with their macrocell deployments.
For example, access to street furniture is limited, both in terms of
personnel and time to deploy. The authorized installation personnel do
not always have telecom expertise, so installation needs to be light
touch. Unit size has to be small so it blends in with the environment,
and equipment needs to perform reliably despite street pole sway, twist,
For the trial, Virgin Media Business deployed Siklu's EtherHaul-600T
units up and down a major street in Leeds, on different types of
lighting poles. The Leeds City Council lighting contractor performed the
The installation went quickly and smoothly, and the equipment has been
working flawlessly since installation.
“We have been impressed with how well Siklu’s radios have performed.
During the trial, they were tested with both rain and varying wind
conditions, which often disturbs the unit's position on the pole, and
have continued to run smoothly,” said Bruce Girdlestone, senior business
development manager, Virgin Media Business.
Siklu’s EtherHaul-600T is designed for deployment on any type of street
furniture and provides gigabit throughput along with advanced networking
and multiple ports for deployment in daisy chain or ring topologies.
“The Leeds trial is quite typical of small cell backhaul scenarios we’ve
seen," said Shahar Peleg, Director of Product Management for Siklu. "Our
EtherHaul-600T shines on the street. It’s the smallest backhaul radio in
the world. It can be installed by any installer with authorized access
to the street poles, with no telco background needed, and it provides
enough capacity for the complex topologies needed in street level
Peleg added, “Siklu is very focused on driving down small cell
installation and operational backhaul costs for operators, which is why
we’ve just added an auto-alignment kit and zero touch commissioning to
the EtherHaul-600T. That reduces installation time to under 15 minutes.”
About Virgin Media Business
Virgin Media Business is the largest business-to-business Virgin brand
and part of the Virgin Media group, the UK’s first provider of all four
broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services. The division prides
itself on delivering innovative, high quality solutions that break down
the barriers facing UK organizations today. Organizations working with
Virgin Media Business include Knight Frank, Telefonica, London Grid for
Learning, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Cambridge County Council. Virgin
Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest international
cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 25 million
customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital
world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless
possibilities. To see analysis on the current issues surrounding
business-to-business telecoms please
visit our blog or get involved at http://twitter.com/vmbusiness.
Siklu delivers gigabit capacity millimeter wave wireless backhaul
solutions operating in the 60, 70 and 80 GHz bands. The top choice of
tier-1 operators worldwide, thousands of units have been deployed and
deliver carrier grade performance. Siklu’s innovative all-silicon design
has dramatically reduced prices and effectively opened the market for
ultra-high capacity wireless links. Siklu is currently deploying its
next innovation - 60 GHz backhaul that will enable mass deployment of
small cells and other street-level networked devices.
Learn more at www.siklu.com.
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