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Client: Leading Quad-Play Network Provider.
The client was planning a network overhaul, specifically looking to upgrade rural mobile coverage to 4G. The existing 3G had required PoP’s and repeaters in locations that had few or no subscribers. They were looking for a way to avoid deploying very costly 4G equipment in areas that would generate little or no return on investment. The NEMs were only able to offer transceivers with a maximum range of 80km.
During that planning phase, the client was already in conversation with the team at PICS regarding the recovery of the soon-to-be redundant 3G equipment. PICS was able to suggest the use of extended distance transceivers from Sandstone Technologies. They were able to use SDH transceivers with ranges of up to 260km without the need for additional and costly amplifiers or boosters. They were able to 10G links at 110km and 100G links at 40km.
Using extended distance optics, from Sandstone/PICS has enabled to bypass repeater stations on our very long-haul routes. This has led to dramatic cap-ex savings, not only in the cost of the optics, but also in hardware and outdoor cabinets, power, and heating/cooling.
- These distances are supplied or supported by the NEMs and, as a bonus, some of the options are compatible across the different Vendors in our network.
- Savings in excess of €1million in transceivers cost.
- €15million saved from repeating hardware and housing, ongoing savings in power and environmental control costs.