Mimosa unveils its first 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi backhaul radio

A year ago, Mimosa Networks was still firmly in stealth mode. But the Campbell, Calif., company has now released its first last-mile gigabit wireless radio for Internet service providers seeking fiber speeds delivered over the air.

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Mimosa's backhaul radio will ship in two versions this fall.

Mimosa's B5 Backhaul radio runs on 5 GHz spectrum and features coordinated Massive MIMO technology, which enables collocated radios to deliver 16 MIMO streams and 4 Gbps of throughput while sharing the same channel. The B5 radio conducts constant spectrum analysis to find the best, interference-free radio link, according to Mimosa.

Mimosa and Quantenna announced back in January that Quantenna's 5 GHz 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi chipset would be used in Mimosa's unlicensed wireless hardware suite.

Mimosa's other new offering, Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS), provides network-wide planning and analytics, and includes management and monitoring techniques to support networks as they grow.

Jaime Fink, Mimosa cofounder and chief product officer, told Tech Crunch that a single B5 radio can deliver 1 gigabit of throughput for up to eight or nine miles, though the amount of bandwidth falls as the distance grows. However, Mimosa has been running a 60-mile or so link along the California coast that nonetheless gets several hundred megabits of throughput.

"Wireless networks have been historically limited in the ability to deploy fiber speeds economically and on a global scale," says Brian Hinman, CEO of Mimosa, which was founded in 2012. He added that the company intends to create "a broad suite of products at each layer of the Internet access network that will make wireless a scalable Internet solution for all types of communities worldwide."

The backhaul radio will ship this fall in two versions: an antenna-integrated 5 GHz backhaul radio (B5) that lists for $899, and a connectorized radio-only version (B5c) that lists for $839. Mimosa Cloud Services is available now.

Mimosa has so far raised more than $38 million in venture capital funding. In May 2014, it closed on $20 million in a Series C round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

For more:
- see this Mimosa release
- see this Tech Crunch article

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