In general, a big majority of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solutions are based on WiFi or LTE that were never intended or developed to provide broadband fixed access and can rarely meet today’s broadband standards for households. WiFi was designed for indoor use and with a lack of other options, many FWA vendors are trying to adapt their equipment for outdoor use. LTE was designed for mobile use with limited licensed spectrum capacity and cannot match today’s throughput requirements for fixed broadband access.

The AIR Gigaray product series was developed based on the DOCSIS standard implemented in cable networks. DOCSIS standard is being utilized by the industry giants like Comcast, Charter, Vodafone, and others serving around a third of the world’s overall internet connections. It was designed from its roots for fixed broadband access and is much more suitable for enterprise or home use. Additionally, service providers using AIR Gigaray can choose indoor CPEs and headend equipment from a variety of off-the-shelf DOCSIS equipment.

The services

In alignment with cable providers’ offerings, the AIR Gigaray product series supports a multitude of services that are often not supported by other vendors’ equipment.

Even though AIR Gigaray is compatible with any standard, CableLabs certified DOCSIS Equipment, we have partnered with Harmonic and utilize their revolutionary distributed access architecture in most cases. Harmonic’s virtualized CMTS – CableOS with the CMTS Core located in an equipment facility and the radio technology co-located with the antenna is the ideal solution for the AIR Gigaray system. We have fully integrated the Harmonic Pebble Remote-PHY Device into the Gigaray base station antenna.

CableOS is a multi-access distributed access platform that, along with fixed wireless access, supports both wireline DOCSIS and PON access technologies. If a service provider is considering expanding from Cable to PON and FWA or adding PON to the existing FWA network, this platform would be ideal as it would reduce costs by allowing the deployment of multiple technologies to end customers with a common infrastructure and operations approach.

The Architecture

AIR Gigaray utilizes CableOS (or any other standard DOCSIS CMTS) as the central core, based in the service providers’ data center.

Each CableOS centralized core can support:

  • Up to 25.000 subscribers
  • 112 wireless nodes/sectors
  • 168 Gbps of downstream traffic

With CableOS cloud-based CMTS, the operator can easily extend the network footprint by seamlessly adding new Globtel AIR Gigaray Integra nodes to the network. Each new node is easy to integrate and configure. After the installation, everything can be configured and managed remotely.

Each remote site (tower, rooftop) can support up to four ninety-degree sector antennas with frequency re-use on the neighboring sectors.

The Spectrum

The Globtel AIR Gigaray product series supports a variety of licensed and unlicensed spectrums and is the perfect fit for either rural, urban, or suburban markets.

Downstream capacity per 90 degree sector antenna

The Flagship

The flagship product for service providers, not holding spectrum licenses is the AIR Gigaray 70E which utilizes license-exempt and loose licensed spectrum. Key advantages of the solution are ultra-high bandwidth gigabit capability to the end user, and spectrum availability.

The main characteristic of the AIR Gigaray 70E antenna are:

  • 3.5 Gbps downlink capacity
  • 2.7 Gbps uplink capacity
  • 1 Gbps throughput to the end user at 9,5km / 6 miles
  • No physical limit on the number of users connected
  • 14 Gbps downlink and 10,8 Gbps uplink capacity in a 360-degree scenario

Why select AIR Gigaray?

In today’s world, there is a variety of fixed wireless products available but why is AIR Gigaray the right choice?

If you are a WISP:

  • Upgrade the existing network to support higher throughputs and more services
  • Protect your market with future-proof technology
  • Expand into areas currently served by service providers with subpar wireless tech or poorly maintained wired network
  • Prepare your network for the future by supporting multiple access technologies today

If you are a cable operator:

  • Expanding existing cable networks seamlessly due to the utilization of standard DOCSIS equipment
  • Providing gigabit speeds to the end customer
  • Reducing cost and still delivering the same type of services as on the original network
  • Expanding into rural areas which are mostly underserved or have no service at all at a cost that cannot be compared to any wireline deployment
  • Disaster recovery

If you are a telephone company:

  • Replacing legacy DSL networks in a cost-efficient way
  • Providing gigabit speeds to the end user which is not possible on DSL networks
  • Providing triple play using a single technology, delivery way, and utilizing only own infrastructure
  • Expanding into rural areas which are mostly underserved or have no service at all at a cost that cannot be compared to any wireline deployment
  • Disaster recovery

If you are a mobile operator:

  • Offloading the original mobile spectrum for fixed access clients
  • Providing gigabit speeds
  • Providing primary connection for B2B users