Aurora Networks will feature its cell tower backhaul solution, including new components, field units and a transceiver module supporting the platform, at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2009 in Denver next week.

Rapidly growing demand for backhaul capacity from wireless network towers has created an emerging market for cable operators. Cable operators can use their existing fiber networks to deliver cost-effective and future-proof cell tower backhaul services that exceed mobile industry standards.

Aurora Networks’ cell tower backhaul solution features the GT3410A T1/E1 Access Module, providing Ethernet-based circuit emulation that enables delivery of TDM traffic over high-capacity Ethernet fiber. When deployed at base stations and base station controllers, the GT3410A delivers both T1/E1 and pure Ethernet support that wireless carriers require, according to Aurora.

The module has achieved Metro Ethernet Forum MEF-18 certification, the company said.

At Cable-Tec Expo, Aurora Networks is introducing high-density passives and a plug-in 1 Gbps transceiver module optimized for cell tower backhaul deployments. The passive components make it easier for cable operators to overlay the return fiber from the node to the headend, the company said.

The system also enables operators to backhaul traffic up to 80 km (nearly 50 miles) from four or five cell towers over the same fiber as the existing node return. With a passive module customized to support C-band transport, as well, a further 34 DWDM wavelengths can be carried on the same fiber, providing support for future revenue-generating services.

“Cable operators are in the perfect position to address the growing needs of the cell tower backhaul market with an integrated fiber solution that leverages existing network resources and meets all requirements for wireless backhaul support,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing for Aurora. “The cost-effective wireless backhaul solution Aurora Networks provides addresses this growing opportunity, and it puts cable operators in an ideal situation to compete aggressively with other companies serving the cell tower backhaul market.”

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