SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Rise Broadband has selected Mimosa Networks to expand their network to provide high-speed broadband access to their customers. The planned PTMP (point-to-multipoint) deployment involves the use of micro and small cells, also known as MicroPoPs, to create dense coverage in residential and commercial areas.
For a few years, Rise Broadband has deployed Mimosa's PTP (point-to-point) backhaul solutions, including the B5, B5c, B24, and B11, with success. This partnership marks Rise Broadband's selection of Mimosa for PTMP deployments. The decision came after rigorous lab and field testing, and limited live deployments where Mimosa exceeded expectations. It was noted that consistent performance in NLOS (non-line-of-sight) environments was sufficient, and that the live Mimosa deployments surpassed set targets. While Mimosa products are designed for LOS (line-of-sight), they can work in semi-NLOS situations if spectrum is clear and the links are short.
The goal of these MicroPoP deployments is to enable multi-Gigabit capacity per site. Rise Broadband aims to deliver 100 Mbps service for each client, up to three miles from the tower, using connectorized, 4x4 Mimosa A5c access points with beamforming, GPS Sync, and MIMO. These access points will be paired with C5x modular client radios. "We are impressed with how consistent performance is across many different antenna types on the A5c. This makes the product very modular and expands its use case beyond what we originally intended," explained Chad Mueller, VP, Field Engineering and Network Deployment. Rise Broadband continued saying their experience overall has been extremely positive and that they are excited to expand deployment of the A5c and C5x in their network. Rise Broadband expects to at least double their Mimosa access point deployments in multiple geographic areas this year.
"Mimosa has delivered on advertised speeds and we are excited with the initial results as a 5 GHz semi-NLOS solution," said Chad Mueller at Rise Broadband.