A quick history and explanation of microwave communication in telecom networks

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by Mac Smith

Microwave communication is the transmission of signals via radio using a series of microwave towers. Microwave communication is known as a form of "line of sight" communication, because there must be nothing obstructing the transmission of data between these towers for signals to be properly sent and received.

Microwave Communication Technology was Developed in the 1940's
The technology used for microwave communication was developed in the early 1940's by Western Union. The first microwave message was sent in 1945 from towers located in New York and Philadelphia. Following this successful attempt, microwave communication became the most commonly used data transmission method for telecommunications service providers.

With the development of satellite and cellular technologies, microwave has become less widely used in the telecommunications industry. Fiber-optic communication is now the dominant data transmission method. However, microwave communication equipment is still in use at many remote sites where fiber-optic cabling cannot be economically installed.

Microwave Communication Can Be Analog or Digital
Microwave communication takes place both analog and digital formats. While digital is the most advanced form of microwave communication, both analog and digital methods pose certain benefits for users.

Analog Microwave Communication May Be Your Most Economical Option
Analog microwave communication may be most economical for use at your tower sites simply because it is already paid for and in service. If you are already operating microwave equipment, it is most likely analog. To avoid having to retrain your operators, you may want to stick with the analog microwave communication equipment you already have. Because you've already gotten comfortable with this equipment, you've probably also learned its capabilities, so you're unlikely to overburden your transport system with new digital equipment.

Decrease System Poll Time with Digital Microwave
Digital microwave communication utilizes more advanced, more reliable technology. It is much easier to find equipment to support this transmission method because it is the newer form of microwave communication. Because it has a higher bandwidth, it also allows you to 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 utilize a digital or analog microwave communication method, it is imperative that you monitor your mission-critical microwave communication equipment. You need to know 100% for certain that you data transmission equipment is online. Don't let your customers be the first to inform you of a network outage. Deploy a microwave network alarm monitoring system to instantly notify you of microwave communication 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 even more capacity at your microwave sites, you can connect up to four KDA's to form a high-capacity alarm collection unit.

Protect Your Microwave Communication Reliability with a KDA 864 RTU

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

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