Iberbanda and Alcatel-Lucent demonstrate WiMAX Rev-e capabilities with a pilot network in Andalucia, Spain
Date: Fri, 03/13/2009 - 15:16
Iberbanda has deployed with the support of its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent its first pilot network using WiMAX 802.16-e (Rev-e) wireless broadband technology
A specially equipped bus is being driven around Iberbanda’s R&D center in Malaga testing mobile Internet access and other services such as voice over IP or video surveillance. The bus is equipped with video cameras, screens, phones and PCs so that visitors can experience this advanced wireless technology.
“Iberbanda is a WiMAX service provider of reference and offering our customers the most advanced and useful WiMax-e services available is no doubt an unavoidable step for us,” said Carlos de Castro, Iberbanda Sales Director. “This year will be our starting point to extend our product and services offering for a market launch. We expect to ensure that our customers have the ability to take full advantage of this state-of-the-art technology.”
Iberdanda’s pilot consists of several demonstrations, including Internet navigation, VoIP telephony, videoconference, private networks and video surveillance, all while the bus is moving. This pilot will validate simultaneous use of a WiMAX network by a variety of applications based on the technology capabilities and the assignment of differentiated priorities in the radio interface for the different services.
In December 2008, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on the technology’s key market opportunity, enhanced wireless DSL (digital subscriber line), which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet devices as well as residential and nomadic PC use.
Alcatel-Lucent is the commercial leader in WiMAX Rev-e; with 10 networks in service out of the 35 commercial deployments it has underway. Alcatel-Lucent has shipped more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations, supporting tens of thousands of paying subscribers. It is also a world leader in the provision of sophisticated project management, consulting and design services, applications and software integration and the design, deployment and maintenance of next-generation networks.
WiMAX Rev-e or WiMAX 802.16e-2005
WiMAX Rev-e is a wireless point-to-multipoint access solution for broadband services offering wide coverage and bandwidth up to 20 Mb/s thanks to the use of the most advanced radio algorithms (MIMO and Beam Forming) and intelligent antennas. This technology enables the use of high security networks with true mobility including at speeds of more than 100 km/h.
For the demos Iberbanda’s bus is equipped with WiMAX customer premise equipment (CPE) with WiFi functionality so that multiple devices can be connected in the route. The CPE is connected to a WiMAX base station enabling Internet access at 18 Mb/s download and 3 Mb/s upload speeds. An IP phone, a videoconference system and several cameras for surveillance are also available for the different demos.
For this pilot Alcatel-Lucent is providing the technology and solution, including WiMAX 3.5 GHz base stations providing access to the network core and acting as a metro network hub, a WiMAX access controller enabling connectivity for users, radio aggregation and mobility management, and an Operation and Maintenance Center with a full scope of tools and applications for the network operation and maintenance. For the end-to-end tests performance Alcatel-Lucent will also supply a home agent, DHCP & DNS servers and an AAA server to manage authentication, authorization and registration.
Iberbanda offers a wide range of services such as high-speed Internet access, telephony, data transmission and network-based added value services. Iberbanda today has more than 40,000 customers in Spain, all of them in rural areas lacking traditional ADSL services involving a more complex and expensive deployment in rural areas compared to the WiMAX 802.16-2004 technology that Iberbanda has been deploying since 2004.
The solution only requires the installation of an antenna in a base station or sector – at distances not greater than 30 km from the point of accessing the Internet – and a receptor next to the customer premises – provided there are no physical barriers between the receptor and the base such as mountains, buildings, etc. This broadband technology is the most suitable solution to enable access in rural areas where other solutions are not as profitable. Additionally, it is highly cost-effective and reliable compare to the limited and expensive connections via satellite.
Iberbanda’s offering is defined by its quality standard and the customers will only benefit from the service where the appropriate service level can be guaranteed, a feature that is not usually offered with rural or satellite-based ADSL.