A Quick History And Explanation Of Microwave Communication In Telecom Networks

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by Mac Smith

Microwave communication is the sending of signals via radio using a series of microwave towers. It's a form of "line of sight" communication. There must be nothing obstructing transmission of data between these towers.

Technology was Developed in the 1940's
The technology used for microwave communication was built in the early 1940's by Western Union. The first microwave message was sent in 1945. It traveled from NY to PA. Following this success, microwave became the most commonly way to provide service.

With new satellite and cell technologies, microwave has become less widely used in telecom. Fiber optics are more common. But microwave gear is still used at many remote sites where fiber cabling cannot be installed cheaply.

Microwave Communication Can Be Analog or Digital
Microwave communication uses analog and digital formats. While digital is the most advanced form, both are useful.

Analog Microwave Communication may be most economical
Analog microwave communication may be cheapest at your tower sites. Why? It's paid for and in service. If you have older microwave equipment, it's most likely analog. To avoid having to retrain your staff, you may want to stick with the analog microwave gear you have. Because you know this equipment, you won't face new problems.

Decrease System Poll Time with Digital Microwave
Digital microwave comms use more advanced, more reliable technology. It is much easier to find equipment to support this transmission method because it's newer. Because it has a higher bandwidth, you can transmit more data using more verbose protocols. The increased speeds will also decrease the time it takes to poll your microwave site equipment. This more reliable format provides for more reliable reporting with advanced communication equipment, while also allowing you to bring in your LAN connection when it becomes available at the site.

Whether you digital or analog, you have to monitor your microwave communication equipment. You need to know that your data transmission equipment is online. Don't let your customers be the first to tell you about a network outage. Deploy a monitoring system to instantly notify you of microwave failures.

Deploy a KDA 864 RTU at Your Site to Protect Your Critical Microwave Communications
A network alarm monitoring system is composed of a fleet of remote telemetry units, or "RTU's", which collect alarms from your microwave communication equipment and forward them to your alarm master. These remotes are a critical piece of your monitoring system because they provide your alarm master with the information it needs to notify you of an outage via email or pager. The KDA 864 RTU is one remote that can help you protect your important microwave communication equipment.

The KDA 864 provides you with 64 alarm points and 8 control points in a single 19-inch rack unit. It also supports 202 modems for use with microwave base bands 0-4, as well as FSK modems on 4-8 and 8-12 base bands. With support for DCP, E2A, TBOS, TL1, TRIP, or TBOS, the KDA 864 will protect your microwave communication to keep your network online. If you need more capacity, you can connect up to four KDA's to form a larger alarm unit.

Protect Your Microwave Reliability with a KDA 864 RTU

Don't let a major outage destroy your service reliability. In today's business climate, that's something you simply can't afford. Deploy a KDA remote in your microwave network today, and start collecting the alarm data you need to provide the high-quality service your customers demand.

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