4 February 2010


E-Band takes lead in US 70–80GHz wireless Gigabit backhaul market

E-Band Communications Corp of San Diego, CA, USA, which makes ultra-high-capacity point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet wireless transmission systems, has claimed the number one position in the US market for 70–80GHz (E-band) millimeter-wave systems, with an almost 60% share according to publicly available 2009 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license registration data.

Incorporating monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) technology via an exclusive long-term field-of-use license from Northrop Grumman Corp, E-Band’s millimeter-wave radios are used by telecom firms as the backbone for cellular broadband and backhaul networks, as well as by businesses, hospitals, universities, government agencies and security providers to transmit data and digital video over several miles without the expense and installation challenges of fiber-optic systems.

“2009 turned out to be our break-out year, even in the middle of a recession,” says chief marketing officer Saul Umbrasas. “Our ultra-high-capacity backhaul solution is a key infrastructure component for the 4G WiMAX and LTE networks being deployed around the world,” he claims. “Adding bandwidth capacity for internet access and for devices such as the Apple iPhone, Google Android and RIM Blackberry is critical to ensuring customer satisfaction and retention for wireless carriers,” he adds.

“In a robust and highly competitive market, which more than doubled from 2008, E-Band was able to gain market share from all competitors... We obtained a clear leadership position of the US market,” Umbrasas claims. “Most significantly, the FCC registration database indicates that our unit volume was more than 50% above our nearest competitor,” he adds. “Our products are carrying multiple gigabits of data traffic every second, 24 hours a day, in the most advanced 4G networks in the world.”

Also, E-Band expanded its manufacturing capability in January, moving production into a new high-volume plant a few miles from its headquarters. “Customers demand up to 99.999% reliability and this ISO-certified factory, with cleanroom conditions and the most advanced manufacturing equipment and processes available, ensures that we continue to meet the quality and volume requirements needed to continue our leadership position in 2010 and beyond,” comments Umbrasas.

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