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BridgeWave Announces Successful Customer Trials and Ramp-up to Initial Production of Navigator Licensed Microwave Systems


Built on company's proprietary, custom ASICs, Navigator offers
unparalleled flexibility to meet unique deployment requirements, and
reduces capital costs, time to market, and recurring operating costs

, a market leader in 5G-ready wireless backhaul
systems, today announced the successful completion of several customer
trials of its Navigator all-outdoor microwave radio systems, and ramp-up
to initial production for large scale rollout. Production orders are now
being accepted for Navigator, which is built on the company's
proprietary, custom RF and modem ASICs. Navigator delivers features
previously unavailable in any microwave radio and dramatically changes
the economics of microwave point-to-point links. For example,
inexpensive customer-replaceable diplexers that fit in the palm of a
hand to convert a Navigator radio to different sub-bands, or enable high
band or low band on either side of a link, dramatically decreasing
inventory SKUs per frequency band and radio sparing logistics/costs, and
mitigating the challenge of long lead times associated with product
deliveries. Valuable software features like ACM and QoS are integrated
into Navigator without the need and associated costs of additional
software licenses. Advanced Carrier Ethernet features are enabled with a
single software key.

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With Navigator systems, operators now have unprecedented flexibility to
support multiple network configurations and applications, optimize
networks for the highest capacity and range, upgrade legacy networks,
and speed up deployments, while minimizing upfront investment costs and
the ongoing costs to modify, maintain, and service networks.

Two Models to Match All Customer Requirements

Navigator is available in single and dual transceiver models, Navigator
ST and Navigator DT, and both feature customer-replaceable diplexers.
Operators can order either model in "base" configurations without
diplexers installed or fully configured.

  • Navigator ST can achieve capacities up to 1.5Gbps per radio using a
    single carrier, and 2.75Gbps using dual sub-carriers, without
    requiring any additional equipment.
  • Navigator DT can achieve capacities up to 3Gbps per radio using a
    single carrier per transceiver and 5.5Gbps using dual sub-carriers per
    transceiver, both in one radio enclosure without requiring any
    additional equipment. Navigator DT also includes XPIC and MIMO
    frequency re-use technologies to double capacity using a single
    licensed channel. XPIC and 2+0 operation are supported with just a
    single radio.

Both Navigator ST and DT models feature a dual 10Gb Ethernet interface
to simplify networking, radio interconnect, and site connectivity, and
an adaptable antenna interface to upgrade legacy networks with minimum
investment and disruption. Other features include ultra-wide channel
bandwidth support up to 160MHz per channel, modulations up to 4096QAM,
and a CPRI interface for fronthaul applications.

Along with unparalleled radio performance, unique features, and low
price point, Navigator offers other cost-saving advantages including
integrated combining elements that eliminate bulky and pricy external
couplers and OMTs for multi-channel configurations; a no-touch
maintenance port that simplifies upgrades or troubleshooting; and a
zero-footprint configuration that makes it ideal for mounting on towers,
rooftops, or other structures without the need to shelter equipment and
maintain temperature-controlled environments.

"The feedback we have received from our customer trials has confirmed
that Navigator delivers the capacity, flexibility, simplicity, and low
costs unavailable in licensed microwave until now," said Sanjay Nagpal,
senior vice president, global sales and marketing, REMEC Broadband
Wireless Networks, BridgeWave Communications, and Sage SatCom. "It also
accounts for the backlog of demand for Navigator that we have already
experienced from customers around the world. Navigator clearly positions
BridgeWave as a leader in providing solutions for 5G networks and,
beyond responding to the need for capacity, Navigator takes backhaul
network management and operations to a new level."

BridgeWave backhaul systems increase backhaul network capacity without
the hassles and costs of new or leased fiber. In addition to Navigator
microwave systems supporting the 6-42GHz frequency bands, BridgeWave
offers systems supporting the 70-80GHz frequency bands, including our
flagship 80GHz system, the Flex4G-10000 delivering up to 10Gbps,
Flex4G-LITE, delivering up to 3Gbps, and the entry-level Flex4G-1000,
delivering up to 1Gbps.

About BridgeWave

BridgeWave Communications provides high-capacity microwave and
millimeter wave backhaul and wireless connectivity solutions to
operators, carriers, service providers, governments, and private
enterprises. With over 35,000 systems deployed in more than 60
countries, the company's innovative solutions have been entrusted by
customers to enable highly reliable and secure, high-capacity, gigabit
connectivity while reducing operating costs relative to fiber. Founded
in 1999, BridgeWave is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more
information, visit

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