Paramus, New Jersey, May 2,2012–Ceragon Networks Ltd.(NASDAQ: CRNT), the #1 wireless backhaul specialist, today announced that it has won orders for high-capacity wireless backhaul point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions and last mile equipment fromthe Florida Rural Broadband Alliance (FRBA) . The FRBA chose Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10G and FibeAir 2500 wireless backhaul solutions for its new all-IP network. The deployment, which is funded by federal broadband stimulus funds, is part of a network that will bring high-speed broadband service to un-served and underserved communities in 15 rural counties in Florida, providing much-needed connectivity to subscribers and expanding business opportunities in the area.
The deployment is part of the FRBA’s project to build a new “middle mile” broadband infrastructure, connecting two rural areas of Florida. High-speed broadband access is expected to create jobs, enhance public safety, improve the delivery of healthcare services, enhance emergency services, and promote educational opportunities for the disadvantaged communities located within these rural areas.
“Ceragon’s all-IP solutions carry a variety of voice and data services and also facilitate a cost-efficient network set-up and fast ROI,” said Ira Palti, Ceragon’s President and CEO. “The combination of Ceragon’s technology and expertise will enable the FRBA to provide high-capacity, broadband services directly to these underserved communities in Florida, helping to stimulate the economy there.”
“We selected Ceragon’s solutions to build our rural network because of their reliable high-capacity performance, the superior quality of their technology, and the company’s experience and expertise,” said Gina Reynolds, CEO of Florida’s Heartland REDI, Inc. and Co-Manager of Florida Rural Broadband Alliance. “Ceragon was able to lower the total cost of ownership of our network, while enabling us to deliver services faster.”
The FibeAir IP-10G is a next-generation, carrier-grade wireless Ethernet backhaul product that uniquely integrates the latest radio technology with TDM and Ethernet networking. With up to 2Gbps of IP traffic per channel, the FibeAir IP-10G solution provides superior high-speed broadband access and quality of experience (QoE) for the FRBA’s network and subscribers.
The FibeAir 2500 is a high-capacity Point to Multipoint (P2MP) solution that delivers up to 200Mbps of aggregated traffic, to support voice, data and high-resolution video applications. The solution offers superb performance in harsh conditions, and robust near line of sight (nLoS) and non-line of sight (NLoS) performance capabilities. It supports an extensive range of sub 6GHz frequency bands, and is suitable for small cell deployments.
About The Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, LLC
The Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, LLC is a regional collaboration of local governments, community activists and economic development agencies in South Central Florida (Florida’s Heartland REDI, Inc.) and Northwest Florida (Opportunity Florida).