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Siklu streamlines planning/operations of mmWave FWA services

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting


Siklu has announced the launch of its MASON (Management, Automation and Self-Organizing Network) application and major enhancements to its Wireless Network Design Engine (WiNDE).  These applications, part of the enhanced SmartHaul™ Network Operations applications suite, have both been optimized through years of field experience, designed to lower the operational burden, and maximize the return on investment of advanced wireless networks.

SmartHaul MASON provides complete network information at the network operator’s fingertips — topology and connectivity, inventory, faults data, performance and more. It is a modular system that operates in cloud or VM environments and streamlines operations by supporting faster troubleshooting via an improved correlation between ports, links, and devices with hierarchical propagation, identifying capacity bottlenecks or availability with user defined KPIs and by the automation of repetitive tasks. 

Specifically, SmartHaul MASON includes Siklu’s unique “Runner” subsystem, which is a software-defined network (SDN) controller for Self-Organizing Network (SON) operation of the mmWave network, covering device onboarding, with additional features including RF and traffic optimization soon to be launched early 2023.

WiNDE is a SaaS platform that automates the design process to build a new network or to expand an existing one in a “5-click” process. It is also continuously updated to account for new products and features, changes in regulations or the introduction of new regional broadband connectivity programs, such as the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) in the USA. As a result of these continuous updates, WiNDE automatically improves network efficiency and/or coverage. 

The current enhancements of WiNDE integrates with MASON and the network as part of an end-to-end hands-off management model, operating the network automatically and matching exactly the design, with optional resilient mesh 2.0 topologies. In fact, this integration is so thorough that it results in an extremely easy, “screwdriver only” onsite installation process — meaning nothing to configure in the field.

In addition, Siklu has recently introduced a new addition to its leading MultiHaul™ TG Terragraph-certified series — the MultiHaul TG N367 node, which will be available in Q4 2022. The N367 node offers enhanced 360° coverage flexibility with the incorporation of Siklu’s industry-unique 4 independent high-gain beam-forming RF2 antennas, yielding a range extension between 60% and 80% depending on target capacity and availability. RF2 antennas are already embedded in many of Siklu products and will activate with a software release available for download together with the release of the N367.

Siklu offers the largest selection of Terragraph-certified products for fixed 5G wireless access, Wi-Fi hotspot and small cell backhaul, smart city connectivity and other applications. The MultiHaul TG family consists of nodes operating over millimeter waves in a redundant mesh topology which connect a suite of terminal units. The MultiHaul TG family brings the advantages of mmWave spectrum — multi-Gigabit capacity, immunity to interference and massive amounts of available spectrum — to an easy-to-deploy solution with the addition of L2 SDN mesh, enabled by Siklu’s SmartHaul™ NMS with the Runner subsystem.

www.siklu.com


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