Nokia and SaskTel to deploy first 16-channel long-haul microwave system for world-class broadband speeds/capacity in remote regions

30 May 2018

Regina, Canada – Nokia and SaskTel are to deploy Canada’s first 16-channel long-haul microwave system to serve the northern communities of Saskatchewan, providing end users with enhanced high speeds, capacity and access to applications and services. The companies will use Nokia’s Wavence long-haul microwave platform, which they trialed over a year’s time, to increase the resiliency and bandwidth within SaskTel’s transport infrastructure.

As part of the nationwide rural broadband program, Digital Canada 150 Connecting Canadians, SaskTel sought a way to provide high-speed Internet services to its remote consumer, enterprise and government organization customers, in a timely and cost-effective way. Following the successful trial, Nokia’s field-proven technology will enable SaskTel to build high-speed microwave corridors with more than 20x the capacity of its previous system across remote regions where fiber does not exist due to cost and difficult terrain features. The Nokia Wavence will provide reliable 3.5Gbps throughput over site to site distances, or hops, of 52km (approximately 32 miles) for a total path distance of approximately 200km.

Daryl Godfrey, chief technology officer for SaskTel, said: “We are committed to providing the residents of Saskatchewan with the fastest and most reliable communications services to stay connected to the world. With ever increasing demand for higher bandwidth, we turned to our long-standing partner, Nokia. Through our joint trial, we are confident Nokia offers the best microwave system with multi-channel RF performance that can be scaled as required.”

Ric Herald, Nokia country manager, Canada, said: “Providing reliable broadband with enough bandwidth can benefit communities in many ways, from creating new employment and industrial opportunities, to providing an overall enrichment in life. We’re pleased to partner with SaskTel to meet their remote customer needs by providing the first 16-channel long-haul microwave system deployed in Canada.”

About the technology

Nokia Wavence high power, long-haul MPT-HLC transceivers utilize ACCP (Adjacent Channel, Co-Polar) filter branching, Cross-Polarization Interference Cancellation (XPIC) and Service-Aware Layer 1 LAG  technologies to effectively double the capacity of the North American Lower 6 GHz band. Nokia’s innovative digital combining of main and diversity receive signals provides high availability for each RF channel in the presence of fading.  Nokia’s X-Haul  Wireless Transmission product line has a long history of supporting wireline customers with technology firsts. Nokia was the first to introduce a SONET radio in 1993, the first hybrid radio with the MDR-8000 Ethernet in 2005, and it created the packet microwave market segment with the introduction of the 9500 MPR in 2008. In 2015, Nokia was the first to introduce 10G Interfaces to a radio, and Layer 1 radio LAG group sizes up to 8 channels. The system for SaskTel is the first 16-channel ACCP XPIC long-haul microwave  system deployed in Canada and the second in North America.

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