With the deployment of LTE/LTE-A, new mobile backhaul scenario have emerged in the wireless transport networks. As consequence microwave radio portfolios have expanded to cover the new connectivity needs, including in their offering RF Multicore full outdoor solutions, millimetre-wave radios, L2 carrier Ethernet aggregators for indoor deployment as well as for outdoor deployment consolidating traffic and distribute power to multiple full outdoor unit.
With the proliferation of “purpose built” platforms, a need of operational consistency becomes paramount to ensure both best CAPEX in terms of “hardware best fit” per application as well as OPEX in term of achieving sustainability in an articulated portfolio.
To achieve this SIAE MICROELETTRONICA has based its portfolio around two key building blocks:
- Common hardware core unit powered by
- Common operating system namely SM-OS (SIAE MICROELETTRONICA Operating System).
With this implementation all portfolio products are guaranteed to offer seamless operational behaviour regardless of their deployment type, frequency of operation or architectural design.
- Common feature availability across platforms, simultaneously
- Common GUI on all products from full outdoor, aggregator platforms and split mount radios
- Common operational behaviours
- Common operational set-up skill
This means that the introduction of a new platform type in an existing networks requires minimum validation effort. Once an engineer has learned to operate one product, he will be able to operate any product, driving to a minimum the need to learn new specific skills, regardless if we move from a split mount solution to the RF multicore full outdoor solution. Maximum capitalization of learned skills.
Operators are therefore able to design new services, set up their network and send any filed engineer to any site regardless of which SM-OS product they will find in-field.
The SM-OS, as part of the natura evolution of the platform, now supports IP/MPLS L2VPN and L3VPN, as tested at the EANTC showcase 2017.