This week at the show, First Avenue Networks (Booth 1116), which is focused on expanding and improving carrier connectivity through mobile backhaul and licensed wireless access solutions, is introducing its diversity/redundancy offering.
Although there has been significant improvement in the survivability of transport networks, First Avenue Networks says the greatest risk for service outage still lies in the last mile of access. According to a recent FCC report, metro fiber networks experience 1.3 cuts per year for every 100 sheath-miles. In the conduits and pathways under city streets and rights of way near customers buildings, fiber is vulnerable to digups, maintenance errors, crushing, flooding and fire. This makes it extremely difficult to ensure a fully diverse solution.
So, First Avenue is leveraging its licensed spectrum assets to extend a diversity/redundancy offering that gives service providers a full backup to the local loop and the means to connect a customer to a fiber ring through a completely diverse path. The solution will use government- and carrier-grade radios deployed on the roof of the carrier PoP or a First Avenue PoP, and the customers rooftop. First Avenues solution bypasses the inherent delays associated with negotiating resale agreements with incumbent fiber owners, resolves unbundling issues, and secures use of common carrier spectrum.