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HetNet News: Gogo chooses DragonWave for backhaul

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo Inc. has selected packet microwave supplier DragonWave Inc. to support its ongoing expansion. The two companies have been working together for several years and are expanding their relationship.

Gogo’s technology is available on more than 2,000 commercial aircraft and more than 6,500 business jets. DragonWave’s Horizon Quantum and Horizon Compact+ radios are supporting the link between Gogo’s remote towers back to a wired network. Future Technologies Venture LLC is the lead system designer for the backhaul project.

“Our requirements are unique in that we needed to find a cost effective, reliable and quick solution to link our customers back into a wired network from our remotely positioned towers,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s CTO, in a statement. “We’ve selected DragonWave, as we’ve had a strong relationship with them over the past few years and have had reliable performance, service and support of the company’s products, which, in turn, has helped us provide a reliable quality of service to our inflight customers.”

DragonWave has also added the Harmony Trunk C hybrid trunking microwave radio to its portfolio, with the ability to meet all-outdoor or all-indoor network requirements and support up to four RF carriers. The solution is designed for mobile operators, military and broadcast applications.

–Whoops! CBS accidentally broadcast a set of Wi-Fi credentials for the network at MetLife Stadium in its pre-SuperBowl coverage. Since the stadium’s public access Wi-Fi network is free and open, ZDNet reported that the credentials were likely to a restricted network within the stadium, possibly for staff or the press. The information spread so quickly on social media that it was likely changed before the game.

Aruba Networks Inc. has its gear deployed at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, which is a 401-bed medical center in Los Angeles County that includes a new medical tower expected to open this year; Torrence is now upgrading its Aruba access points to 802.11ac. Aruba said the tower, which will include a hospital, surgical centers and areas for specialized treatment, is one of the first healthcare facilities in the country with an all-802.11ac wireless network. Torrence Memorial has 3,500 employees and treats about 23,000 people annually.

Westell Technologies Inc. now has its Optima site management solution mobile application available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play, and also just released the latest version of its Kentrox Optima management solution.

Version 11 includes support for Internet Explorer 9 and 10, support for Westell’s recently introduced, small-sized Kentrox Remote RMC-700 site management device, and support for native iOS and Android devices.


Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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