AeroNet, one of Puerto Rico’s leading service providers, was using Siklu’s Award Winning MultiHaul™, a point-to-multipoint 60GHz radio, to deliver business broadband in Old San Juan before two back-to-back hurricanes devastated the island.
The storms wiped out much of the fiber and wireless infrastructure, but the MultiHaul™ survived both storms intact.
With no fiber available and a long expected time for redeployment, residents turned to AeroNet’s wireless solutions.
Siklu’s Millimeter Wave Wireless Connectivity Radios, were recently honored in the prestigious 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, as Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Wireless Broadband Solution, offering Interference-Free, Fiber-like Wireless Connectivity.
The MultiHaul™ with its multi-gigabit throughputs, robust built and rapid installation, was instrumental in bringing businesses and MDUs back online.
AeroNet provides broadband services to both the business and residential market in Puerto Rico.
In Old San Juan, a 400-year-old neighborhood with narrow scenic streets and no communications infrastructure, they relied entirely on wireless systems.
However, AeroNet were increasingly challenged to provide their business customers with a 100Mbps to 500Mbps connectivity in the area, profitably.
The 5GHz band was crowded, making it difficult to expand throughput for existing customers and to subscribe new ones successfully, particularly since they were using a single dedicated point-to-point link per customer.
AeroNet turned to Siklu’s MultiHaul™, which provides them with a combination of multi-gigabit capacity and interference-free operation over the unlicensed 60GHz band, even in a dense area like Old San Juan.
The fact that the terminal units are small and unobtrusive make it an ideal solution for the historic neighborhood.
And installation was simple and fast due to auto-alignment.
“The MultiHaul™ was an easy upgrade for our PtMP links, enabling us to immediately benefit from Siklu’s field proven 5G fixed-wireless technology,” explained Gino A. Villarini, president of AeroNet.
“It allows us to upgrade capacity significantly and increase deployment density, while using our existing assets for wireless installations.”
Soon after installing the first MultiHaul™ links the island was devastated by two back-to-back Hurricanes, Irma and Maria.
(The Category 4 hurricane devastated the island of Puerto Rico, leaving many of the approximately 3.4 million U.S. citizens living in the territory without adequate food, water and fuel. Courtesy of the Oregonian and YouTube. Posted on Sep 27, 2017)
Much of the fiber infrastructure, installed on electric poles, was ruined. Sub-6GHz wireless radios were blown away by the 175mph winds.
However, the MultiHaul™, due to its very small size and robust built, remained intact.
To AeroNet’s surprise, once the electricity came back online the MultiHaul™ units automatically aligned and service came back immediately.
With limited fiber availability, business and residences turned to AeroNet.
Using the MultiHaul™, AeroNet were able to deploy high capacity links to businesses and residential buildings extremely fast.
“We’re thankful the MultiHaul™ could ease Puerto Rico’s recovery in some small way,” said Eyal Assa CEO of Siklu.
“Siklu’s radios have now survived several hurricanes, monsoons and a typhoon.”
“Our small footprint mmWave wireless systems are proving extremely resilient, and a good substitution for bulkier and capacity limited narrow-band 5GHz radios, and fiber where it is unavailable.”
Siklu at a Glance
Siklu delivers a complete multi-gigabit fiber-like wireless solution that starts with planning and covers access and aggregation in urban, suburban and rural settings.
Operating in the millimeter wave bands, its wireless solutions are used by leading service providers and system integrators to provide gigabit broadband, 5G fixed wireless and smart/safe city connectivity.
Tens of thousands of carrier-grade systems are successfully deployed and delivering interference-free performance world-wide.
Easily installed on street-fixtures or rooftops, the price-competitive radios have proved to be ideal for networks requiring fast and simple deployment of secure, fiber-like and future-proof connectivity.
(Learn More about Siklu’s Point to Multipoint Solution – MultiHaul. Courtesy of Siklu and YouTube)
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.
Over 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
- Leaders in Private Security
Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.
American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.
As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:
- Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
- Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
- Unprecedented urban violence
- Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.
These current circumstances have put forward another rapid expansion of new ideas, products and solutions to combat these ever changing challenges.
These changes have called for a new generation of security experts in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields who need real time knowledge of our ever growing threats.
These experts include the Government at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as from Private Firms specializing in Physical Security, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security responsible for implementing coordinated security measures to ensure our Nation’s Security and improve Public Safety.
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
See ‘New Trends in Smart Cities Include Wireless Broadband’ by Alex Doorduyn, Siklu Director of Business Dev’t, Security & Surveillance, which is featured in American Security Today’s 2017 AST Champions Edition – ‘Year in Review.’
Siklu will be showcasing a complete 5G fixed wireless solution, including its new ground breaking broadband network design tool, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 26 – March 1, 2018, at the IMA booth, Hall 2 Stand 2E50.