Airspan

Airspan LogoFounded in 1998, this US company is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with R&D facilities in UK and Israel. It has a wide range of communications products, and gained considerable experience from having developed and deployed WiMAX technology extensively.

The company has a board representative on the Small Cell Forum. 

Product

Their AirSynergy product is an LTE metrocell with integrated non-line-of-sight wireless backhaul. It has been designed to be easily installed on street furniture, such as lamp-posts, requiring only a power connection. Self-configuration and optimisation features reduce ongoing maintenance costs and improve efficiency.

The standard product uses 10+10MHz FDD bandwidth providing the LTE service to the customer, and uses 10MHz TDD for NLoS wireless backhaul. The backhaul link has increased spectral efficiency because it is not dealing with multiple moving devices, and so does not require as much spectrum.

iBridge is their intelligent wireless backhaul technology used to share the available capacity across several metrocells.

Launched their LTE-Advanced version at Mobile World Congress 2012 and also added an integrated Carrier Wi-Fi option.

Virgin Media UK were reported trialling Airspan's system in Bristol and Newcastle, achieving real-world measured datarates of 50Mbps for users in the 2.6GHz spectrum.

Airspan also market their wireless backhaul as a separate product, branded iBridge.

Airspan won a major contract to supply Reliance Jio greenfield LTE network throughout India. At the same time (reported in September 2014), Reliance Jio took a major stake in the company, including taking a seat on the board.

Airspan has also been extensively involved in trials with Softbank Japan and Sprint USA, although firm details of any commercial contracts have been limited. They publicly supply a small LTE relay product from May 2017, which Sprint brand as a Magic Box.

 

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