Exalt Communications, a provider of next-generation microwave backhaul systems, last week announced that Coast Radio Company, Inc. has selected Exalt microwave backhaul systems to replace leased T1 connections among its multiple FM radio stations, main broadcast sites, and transmission booster sites located throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
The wireless backhaul network built using Exalt microwave systems will also extend IP communications to all sites, add advanced management features, and provide increased bandwidth, says Exalt (Campbell, Calif., USA).
Because Exalt systems natively support both TDM and IP, Coast Radio will avoid replacing thousands of dollars' worth of existing equipment as it transitions its network from the T1 lines to the Exalt microwave links and moves toward all-digital communications. Moreover, Exalt systems allows Coast Radio to reconfigure bandwidth on an as-needed basis without climbing towers to replace or modify the systems, and to optimize the performance of the network as their needs change over time.
Exalt microwave backhaul systems give Coast Radio the ability to manage its geographically-dispersed network from a central point, identify any potential issues or needed adjustments, and send resources directly to those locations. Additionally, the bandwidth flexibility of Exalt systems enables Coast Radio to meet the increasing bandwidth needs of each radio station by allowing for efficient traffic manipulation and optimization among stations and broadcast sites.
"When we started this project, it was designed to solve an issue we had with some unreliable network links," said Coast Radio Chief Engineer, John Higdon. "In addition to solving that problem, the Exalt systems also helped provide improved manageability of the network. For example, we now have IP to each of the sites covered under this umbrella, meaning we can conduct better monitoring and management from a central point, allowing us to quickly and efficiently send resources to any point of failure and have it repaired on the spot."
"Coast Radio faced an issue that many organizations are experiencing today - they've outgrown the capacity of their T1 lines and yet fiber either is not available or is cost-prohibitive, especially in areas like San Francisco where the terrain can be challenging or communities are against trenching fiber," said Mark Davis, senior director of product marketing for Exalt. "Our microwave systems provide Coast Radio with fiber-quality transmission of their most important business assets - their radio signals and enterprise communications."