Microwave Networks

In the Beginning

Vista began as a contractor specializing in the deployment of microwave telecommunications infrastructure for telecommunications carriers. With expertise developed over decades of employee experience working from within Telecommunication Companies (Telcos) designing and deploying highly robust microwave networks, Vista is accustomed to performing when the integrity of voice and data communications is paramount. Vista`s experience with microwave network infrastructure will ensure quality engineering & design, and a highly reliable wireless network for a range of customers including Telcos, electric utilities, oil and gas companies, government organizations, and commercial enterprises.

What is Microwave?

Microwave is a term used to refer to electromagnetic waves of energy with a wavelength in the range of 1 millimetre to 1 metre which correspond to a frequency range from 300 MHz to 300 GHz. This very broad range of radio frequencies represents the bulk of the frequencies used for electronic and electromagnetic communications. The high bandwidth, high data rate wireless communications typically referred to as broadband uses radio frequency ranges (bands) above 2 GHz and below 100 GHz. The broader the frequency range the signal uses, the higher the data carrying capacity of that signal. Within the electronics and software of a telecommunications radio, data are modulated onto the microwave signal on the transmitting end of a network and demodulated (extracted) from the signal at the receiving end of the network. The technologies that Vista deploys are typically in this range of microwave frequencies, and the signals used are high-capacity broadband signals.

Within the microwave radio spectrum of radio signals, the higher the frequency is, the greater the requirement for Line of Sight (LOS) communications. This is due to the physical properties of the electromagnetic waves, where higher frequency waves do not bend (refract) as far around objects and are absorbed more by objects such as trees. For this reason, great care must be taken in the engineering and design of the network to ensure reliable communications. Vista ensures that every microwave data path is well engineered prior to installation to ensure that the network performs reliably 24/7/365.

Two Categories of Microwave Networks

There are two categories of microwave wireless networks that Vista provides: Point-to-Point (PtP) and Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP).

Point-to-Point (PtP) Wireless Network

A PtP private wireless network can link 2 sites (one radio each) together with bi-directional broadband data, and can do so with either Internet Protocol (IP) or standard telecommunications protocols such as T1 and E1. This type of network can provide a broadband wireless link between a downtown head office and a suburban satellite office, or link an electricity utility network operations center with a power substation.

Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP) Wireless Network

A PtMP private wireless network can link 1 site (one radio) to several sites (> 1 radio) with bi-directional broadband data. This type of network can provide a broadband wireless link between a downtown head office and several suburban satellite offices, or link an electricity utility network operations center with several power substations.

Call us toll free at 1.800.452.1295 or email us to discuss your microwave wireless requirements and a solution that is optimized for your specific needs.

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