Aviat Networks[NASDAQ:AVNW]: The Era of Smarter Microwave Networking

Along the rapidly churning course of the majestic and scenic Columbia River, a tourist can often spot bands of tribal anglers and locals perched on the rocks trying their luck in the cascading waters. What rarely catches the sightseer’s eyes is a posse of armed law enforcers with handheld radio transceivers, patrolling the expansive river and its shorelines. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) monitors the fishery resources and protects the treaty and rights of the tribal communities. The 150-mile river corridor area has for long questioned the reliability of the separate voice and data radio communication systems used by the authorities. With poor interoperability, the analog systems had a marginal bandwidth that limited the performance of long distance communication, and the unique geo-climatic situation allowed meager provisions for microwave systems. When CRITFC was swamped with practical and technical complexities in their telecommunication system, Aviat Networks [NASDAQ:AVNW], a telecommunication behemoth, stepped into the troubled waters to help them overcome the bottleneck.

A global provider of microwave networking solutions, Aviat has been solving the technical conundrums for a number of public and private telecom operators that ply modern day communication networks underpinning civilization. Founded in the year 2007, the company has reserved a bearing in the neoteric telecommunication market. Aviat’s vested interest and innovatory exploration resides in microwave transmission protocols and networking solutions. With the telecommunication landscape incessantly evolving through generations of technology jargons, such as advanced data networking, smart network evolution to pan-IP, and 3G/HSPA to 4G/LTE, the company’ swift pace has given it the much-needed competitive edge.

Aviat has been responding to the telecommunication needs of a broad spectrum of industries, including mobile service providers, government and public safety, low latency standards, utilities, and other enterprise and private networks. The product brochure boasts of a plethora of hardware equipments and peripherals that work in conjunction with cloud-based tools to effectively and efficiently manage, configure, monitor, and support the varying necessities of a network. Ranging from a class of microwave routers to switches and radios, Aviat covers the entire value chain, along with deployment and post-deployment support for products.

How Do They Do It?

To begin with, the telecommunications expert has gained a steady ground in the design and mass production of an assortment of physical components that constitute a well-defined network. At the outset, Aviat had bucked the trend of deploying siloed radio and router functionalities.

Aviat has remained a proficient leader in the telecommunications space, clinching major telecom projects and replacing their run-of-the-mill legacy networks with state-of-the-art wireless prototypes

By combining the microwave radio and Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) router into a single unit, they had extended the scope of the equipment’s routing functions. The MPLS mechanism enables routers to forward data packets at the data link layer instead of network layer, minimizing latency. The company’s CTR 8000 series routers are simple to deploy and operate in any microwave network, making it the industry’s most compact multi-service, multi-layered microwave hubs. These routers are designed to address scalability, configurability, increased capacity, security, and performance of the routers within a facility.

Aviat’s assortment of microwave switches is tailor-made to meet the specific needs of disparate locations and density, ranging from cell site locations to large aggregation networking hubs. The Eclipse series of switches encompass flexible and reliable networking gears that proffer high Radio Frequency (RF) and carrier ethernet performance benefits to customers. Meanwhile, the Eclipse Packet Node Intelligent Node Unit (INU) incorporates carrier-grade ethernet switches that deliver link speeds of up to 2.8 Gigabit per second, from a single compact unit.

No Strings Attached

On the software front, Aviat’s recently launched, AviatCloud is a custom-built utility tool that simplifies the daunting tasks of design, deployment, management, and service delivery revolving around a wireless network. By bringing the fragmented modules together onto a holistic platform, AviatCloud saves time, lowers cost, improves quality, and enhances network functionality. With the aid of this multi-vendor app-based platform, an enterprise can automate and virtualize its wireless networks and operations. Michael Pangia, President and CEO, Aviat, notes that the complexity of installing and maintaining wireless networks has always been costing enterprises a fortune.
Amid these times, “Aviat is well positioned to simplify wireless transport and lower costs with compelling software and services offerings leveraging new innovations such as AviatCloud,” points Pangia.

Aviat believes that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution will mark a significant milestone on the path toward the imminent unraveling of 5G networking paradigms. The influx of software-defined architecture, where networks are abstracted with automated services, AviatCloud’s reengineered algorithms will have a profound impact in helping service providers adapt to the emerging trends. Calling immediate attention to prospective adopters is AviatCloud’s Design module, which has integrated capabilities to plan, design, and configure a wireless network with the guidance of an interactive map-based interface. Network engineers can easily alter and modify the various parameters and governing factors to effect optimal performance. The “integrated path profile” feature comes handy to network administrators while identifying ideal path clearance so that the signal is transported back and forth with minimal obstructions.

Aviat’s range of services extends beyond the point of a successful deployment of the infrastructure at a client’s facility, where a panel of technical experts is available round the clock for product related queries. With a designated customer portal, an engineer can track and trace a faulty unit sent for repair.

A Quest to Revolutionize

For over a span of 20 years, Aviat has remained a proficient leader in the telecommunications space, clinching major telecom projects and replacing their run-of-the-mill legacy networks with state-of-the-art wireless prototypes. The microwave maven has launched its footprint on a global level, with coverage in over 40 nations around the world, serving some of the leading countries as well as underserved economies. With clients like Vodafone, British Telecom, Africell, Optus, Uninor, MTS Allstream, BSNL, and Zain, Aviat’s claim to rise above its peers and competitors stands more strong than ever.

Aviat has thus far placed a safe bet on microwave technology transforming the future of telecommunication, starting with the carrier transition from legacy to pan-IP and LTE networks. To give it more runway, the company has been investing in mobile backhaul network to avoid a catastrophe that would arise due to the bandwidth explosion. The relentless cadence of science and technology may promise an earlier shift from conventional communication routines; if it comes to that, Aviat is ready to usher in the new epoch of pan-IP and 5G tokens with its line-up of cutting-edge wireless portfolio.