Narad, Tropos Team Up on Wi-Fi

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Narad Networks and Tropos Networks announced successful interoperability testing.

The two companies combined Narad’s switched Ethernet-over-coax solution and Tropos’ 5210HFC MetroMesh router to demonstrate aggregate performance exceeding 20 megabits per second of symmetric capacity with low end-to-end latency.

The combined solution provides mesh-network operators with a new option to backhaul mesh Wi-Fi traffic within the metro area, Narad and Tropos said, adding that this level of performance will enable operators to offer mobile-broadband applications and services such as mobile video and instant messaging while avoiding the need for costly new fiber construction.

“Metro Wi-Fi networks are a logical way to extend the functionality of the cable network to mobile users throughout a metro area,” Narad CEO Michael Collette said in a prepared statement.

“As part of their ongoing mesh Wi-Fi deployments, cable operators require high-capacity and low-latency backhaul technologies, which leverage the installed cable plant," he added. "The Tropos/Narad solution will allow cable operators to efficiently integrate a mesh network into their existing HFC [hybrid fiber-coaxial] plant, which, in turn, will help to minimize the capital and operating costs of the network."

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