DragonWave and Mitel team for 5G development

By Kevin Thomas 6 April 2016

5G Mobile

DragonWave, a provider of high-capacity packet microwave systems typically used for wireless network backhaul, has teamed with Mitel, a world-leader in network function virtualisation (NFV) mobile solutions.

Mitel recently announced a 5G Cloud Connectivity initiative, aimed at driving innovation around 5G technology, and this new partnership will fall under that umbrella.

The two companies aim to advance the development of 5G technology, with Mitel contributing software and mobile network expertise, while DragonWave will contribute outdoor networking expertise and wireless backhaul solutions. In other words, the two companies are playing to their strengths.

DragonWave’s backhaul solutions will be small-cell focused, high-capacity and spectrally efficient, which is vital, as capacity and efficiency will be key to providing large scale, flexible and reliable 5G networks.

"5G opens the door to a fundamental new way to architect mobile networks, including increased integration between access and backhaul components and smaller cell sizes, where an integrated solution becomes more critical," said Pardeep Kohli, President of 5G Cloud Connectivity, Mitel.

"This collaboration enables an integrated 5G solution set that will be easier to deploy, optimize and maintain."

The partnership between Mitel and DragonWave will initially be focused on developing and researching 5G solutions. However, as we get closer to a 5G launch it’s possible that they will begin developing commercial 5G products or services.

That could be a way off yet, as a 5G standard isn’t likely to be approved until 2020 and so we probably won’t see any large scale rollouts before then.

But DragonWave and Mitel aren’t alone in carrying out research into 5G solutions ahead of that and the more work that’s done in advance the faster and more efficient the eventual 5G rollouts are likely to be.

Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave said: "We are pleased to work closely with Mitel who has both scale and a common customer base. We share a focus to bring innovative solutions to the 5G mobile market."

About Kevin Thomas

Editor at 5G.co.uk

Kevin Thomas has worked in the world of Telecom reporting for over 17 years. He reviewed the first 3G phone way back in 2003, reviewed the first 4G phone in 2012 and now he's keen to welcome in the first 5G phone too. Kevin previously worked for over 15 years within the Telecom industry including: AT&T in Europe, BT in the UK and Phillips in the Netherlands. He holds a HND in Telecommunications.

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