The advent of 5G technology in the coming years and the manifold increase of speeds for subscribers, is motivating major telecom giants to hurry up buying millions of miles of fibre to join the network capacity bandwagon while others are investing in wireless from international telecommunications vendors. Intracom Telecom is a frontrunner supplying wireless networks, whose WiBAS™ -Connect network is undergoing deployment in Italy in the next half a decade for one of the largest WISPs in Italy, EOLO SpA.
The case of the Italian network, announced earlier this year, is one that we may also see in the US. The customer in Italy had an ambition plan to be the first to offer 5G speeds to each home which could not be served with fiber or copper. The customer managed to obtain license to operate this network at 28GHz band, which is ideal due to transmission and capacity characteristics.
The ultimate goal of EOLO is to expand its geographical coverage and subscriber base in suburban and rural areas (cluster C and D), impacted by the digital divide. These areas are the most challenging because nowadays they are not connected by fiber or xDSL.EOLO is the first operator worldwide to use the 28 GHz frequency on such a massive scale to connect homes and SME at 5G speeds across most of Italy.
From a social point of view EOLO is dedicated towards making Italy more competitive in Europe and improving its current ranking related to economic and digital development, by providing a cutting-edge infrastructure and expertise.
After rigorous testing, the WiBAS™-Connect was proven to be the best solution available to date in the market. It satisfies a long list of technical criteria. EOLO decided to acquire Intracom Telecom’s Point–to-Multipoint (PtMP) systems to enable the deployment of a new wireless network providing ultra-high speeds across Italy. EOLO is going to complete the rollout within 5 years. This first ever PtMP deployment will enable EOLO to improve its geographical coverage and offer internet speeds of 100 Mbps to its subscribers. The total agreed scope is for a PtMP network for several hundred thousand subscribers, consisting of base stations and CPEs operating in the 28 GHz frequency band.
Luca Spada, Chairman & CEO of EOLO stated: “As EOLO expands its coverage and introduces new value-added services for its subscribers, it was important to form a strategic partnership with a company like Intracom Telecom that can assist us to achieve our goals to deliver 5G ready services across Italy. Starting late 2017, a “5G ready” network, able to supply a real connectivity of 100 Mbps in download and 50 Mbps in upload, will support our country to achieve a leading position in 5G, focusing on those peripheral areas where fiber networks will not be deployed in the next years”.
Mohamed Ahmed, President of the Board & CEO of Intracom Telecom added: “We are delighted to partner with EOLO SpA and support them accomplish their vision to be the first provider in Italy for ultra-broadband internet connectivity to rural residential subscribers. We worked diligently with EOLO during the past years to provide our state-of-the-art technology to meet their high-end demanding requirements. We are determined to be part of their success”.
Intracom Telecom’s Multipoint radio technology is mature and widely adopted by operators in Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa. The WiBAS™-Connect is the 5th generation of Intracom Telecom’s PMP technology, specially designed for ultra-broadband access networks, with service coverage to distant locations where fixed networks is not economical to deploy. The solution, includes also options for LTE networks backhaul, and SMB access. It is an ideal solution for deployments requiring low CapEx and high-quality Fixed Wireless Access. The WiBAS™ Point-to-Multipoint product line delivers state of-the-art IP connectivity on demand at an aggregate rate reaching 1 Gbit/s per carrier at the hub site. The equipment is easy to be installed at the base station sites, as well as homes, just like any conventional TV dish. It delivers manifold of Mbit/s of data, which can be anything from just internet browsing, to receiving digital HDTV and radio channels, telephony, video messaging, connecting to social networking sites and controlling home security and surveillance.
Intracom Telecom is a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor operating for 40 years in the market. The company innovates in the areas of small-cell backhaul, wireless transmission and broadband wireless access and has successfully deployed its industry leading point-to-point and point-to-multipoint packet radio systems worldwide. The company invests significantly in R&D developing cutting-edge products and integrated solutions. Over 100 customers in more than 70 countries choose Intracom Telecom for its state-of-the-art technology. The company operates subsidiaries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and North America. For more information, visit www.intracom-telecom.com