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TeamTalk opts for NEC microwave to boost backhaul

TeamTalk opts for NEC microwave to boost backhaul

TeamTalk finds microwave communications cuts both costs and regulatory hurdles.

TeamTalk network receives a backhaul boost via microwave.

TeamTalk network receives a backhaul boost via microwave.

NZX-listed telco TeamTalk has deployed NEC microwave technology to deliver more robust and higher capacity services between its sites.

The network provider has completed the first phase of an upgrade using NEC’s iPasolink microwave radio to increase backhaul capacity and meet demand for voice and data.

The upgrade had added over 100 microwave links to the company’s network, enabling the telco to deliver more network services more efficiently, TeamTalk CFO Jason Bull said.

TeamTalk, which was subject of a failed hostile takeover bid from Spark in March, last month reported an after tax profit of $5.1m for the year to 30 June. Revenue from operations rose 3.4 per cent to $34 million.

“From our early days as a mobile radio network operator we now connect different applications, including data, video, and voice, across mixed radio and fibre networks,” Bull said.

“NEC’s microwave technology and management systems provide the smarts to cope with demand spikes and integrate switching to deliver a better customer experience.”

NEC’s microwave radio system delivers a TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) backplane for trunk radio, and a high-capacity Ethernet backplane with advanced switching for voice services and high-speed broadband.

TeamTalk is also using NEC’s technology to take advantage of newly available 80 and 112Mhz RF channels, and electrical tuning to cover more spectrum.

David Tse, NEC’s director of sales and marketing, said microwave technology provided cost-effective connectivity solutions both for dense urban areas with poor connectivity and remote rural areas with no connectivity.

"The technology requires little investment in additional infrastructure, few if any planning permissions, and there’s no need to dig up roads to lay cables. It solves a number of curly problems," he said.


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