Mimosa Announces 802.11ac Integration with Airspan’s LTE Small Cell Products


BARCELONA, Spain – February 20, 2014 – Mimosa Networks, Inc., an innovator in next generation Internet access, announced today a technology partnership with Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of 4G LTE wireless network solutions. Airspan will incorporate Mimosa’s access and backhaul technology into its AirSynergy product line, expanding LTE small cell capacity by simultaneously leveraging both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

The first implementation of Mimosa’s 802.11ac technology will enable Airspan’s “Fat Pipe, Strong Pipe” solution, which augments the iBridge small cell licensed backhaul interface (“Strong Pipe”) with Mimosa’s unlicensed backhaul technology (“Fat Pipe”). This unique product combination will be the first fully-integrated licensed and unlicensed backhaul offering packaged into a compact LTE small cell product. “Fat Pipe, Strong Pipe” benefits networks by creating the ability to rapidly deploy 5 GHz spectrum for additional system capacity at the lowest possible total cost of ownership.

Brian Hinman, CEO of Mimosa, said, “Licensed spectrum alone is typically insufficient to meet the world’s ever-growing demand for content. The ‘Fat Pipe, Strong Pipe’ solution leverages the expansive 5 GHz spectrum to provide both the quality and quantity of bandwidth required by today’s smart device users and will provide a platform for 802.11ac access services at a later date.”

Airspan’s iBridge supports the “Fat Pipe, Strong Pipe” solution with SDN (Software Defined Networking). The iBridge SDN uses real-time traffic routing for dynamic selection of licensed or unlicensed radio paths. Leveraging unlicensed backhaul for non-critical data offload optimizes the availability of licensed spectrum for critical traffic.

An additional benefit of the “Fat Pipe, Strong Pipe” solution is the use of dynamic antenna directionality for intelligent self-organization, reducing ongoing system maintenance and enabling faster deployment and installation. Mimosa’s 4-stream capable MIMO radio enables self-organization of the ‘Fat Pipe,’ operating over bandwidths of up to 80 MHz, and at modulation rates up to 256 QAM. This technology delivers a data capacity not possible with competitive technologies, while realizing the operational savings of self-organization.

It is critical that any licensed/unlicensed backhaul integrate closely to maintain overall system reliability and interference mitigation. Eric Stonestrom, CEO of Airspan, commented, “Closely partnering with Mimosa allows us to deliver an intelligent LTE small cell with the most flexible 802.11ac backhaul solution available. This highly integrated technology ensures compatibility with any future Wi-Fi deployments, including both access and backhaul use cases.”

The compact, integrated solution offered by Airspan and Mimosa thus allows carriers to benefit from the robust nature of 1Gbps unlicensed backhaul, while protecting the quality delivered by licensed backhaul.

Please visit Airspan and Mimosa at the 2014 Mobile World Congress conference (MWC), taking place Feb. 24 –27 in Barcelona, Spain; Hall 6 Stand 6J30.

About Mimosa Networks, Inc.

Mimosa, an innovator in next generation Internet access, exploits the most advanced Wi-Fi technology to design and manufacture outdoor gigabit wireless platforms for service providers demanding fiber speed networks. Mimosa technology provides the highest level of scale, capacity and reliability for multiple verticals and applications. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2012, the company is led by Brian Hinman, notable CEO and founder of 2Wire, Polycom and PictureTel, and includes experienced executives and key talent from leading telecommunications and consumer product companies.

For additional information on Mimosa, please visit www.mimosa.co.

About Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan (OTC Markets: AIRO) is a leading 4G wireless solution provider. With over 1000 customers in over 100 countries and as a top vendor for carrier-class broadband wireless solutions, Airspan is recognized as a leader and pioneer in 4G and broadband wireless technologies. Providing an expansive product portfolio, Airspan offers customers the widest selection of 4G products in the industry with an unsurpassed level of technology to benefit their business case. www.airspan.com

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