Microwave Satellite Technologies Gains Rapid Market Momentum Fueled by BridgeWave’s Gigabit Wireless ‘Virtual Fiber’
High-Capacity Backhaul Solution Accelerates Rollout of ’Quad Play’ Voice, Data, Video & WiFi Services while Achieving ROI in Less Than One Year
Santa Clara, CA - March 03, 2008 - BridgeWave Communications, the leading supplier of gigabit wireless solutions, has announced that MSTI Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: MSHI) or “MST,” a high-growth next generation service provider based in Hawthorne, N.J., has deployed seven BridgeWave 80 GHz gigabit wireless links as part of an accelerated network expansion in the New York metropolitan and northern New Jersey areas. BridgeWave’s ultra high-capacity wireless links fuel the rapid rollout of MST’s “quad play” voice, data, WiFi and IP video services to residential, hospitality and commercial properties in New York and New Jersey under its NuVisions™ brand. Additionally, BridgeWave's GigE wireless bridges have enabled MST to offer higher data rates and a wider range of services than incumbent providers, with a ROI of less than a year as compared to the leasing of fiber circuits.
MST has secured access agreements with high-profile property owners and world-class real estate developers, including The Trump Organization, Zeckendorf Development, Equity Residential and The LeFrak Organization. The company serves more than 5,000 customers in New York City, including Roosevelt Island, as well as neighboring areas in New Jersey and has plans for further expansion into Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut and other markets nationwide. Time-to-market and reduced network operating costs are critical factors in expediting these service rollouts while also retaining a competitive edge over incumbent telecommunications service providers and cable operators.
MST focused on 80 GHz gigabit wireless as a way to avoid excessive time delays and high costs of using leased fiber-optic services to backhaul traffic for its NuVisions broadband metropolitan network. In addition to obtaining the highest wireless bandwidth capacity available, MST sought “five nines” network availability, consistent user quality of service (QoS) and immunity to interference from other nearby wireless deployments. After a side-by-side test of products from BridgeWave Communications and a competitor, MST determined BridgeWave’s AR80 and AR80X products were superior, due to “plug and play” installation, unsurpassed stability and innovative features designed to optimize network service availability.
“BridgeWave’s best-of-class gigabit wireless links enable us to create a ‘virtual fiber’ network in the sky, for a mere fraction of the billions of dollars of fiber-optic assets in the ground,” says Frank T. Matarazzo, CEO of Microwave Satellite Technologies Inc. “With BridgeWave’s wireless GigE radios in place, MST now has the right backbone elements to deliver innovative, differentiated services cost effectively to tens of thousands of customers—years ahead of our competitors.”
MST leverages BridgeWave’s gigabit links to connect its customer sites across Manhattan and surrounding areas to its core network, while still delivering sufficient capacity to deploy WiFi access throughout the region. MST benefits from BridgeWave’s exclusive AdaptRate™ technology, which provides maximum availability at all link distances by dynamically switching between GigE and 100 Mbps data rates to maintain carrier-class service availability for its subscriber base. Additionally, BridgeWave’s inclusion of a secondary “add/drop” Ethernet port allows MST to provision 100 Mbps subscriber site service drops without the need for additional Ethernet switches and cabling.
“BridgeWave’s highly reliable, robust gigabit wireless links offer network operators a field-proven, highly economical alternative to fiber-optic leased services,” explains Gregg Levin, chief marketing officer for BridgeWave Communications. “Our extremely narrow antenna beamwidth supports dense urban ‘hub and spoke’ deployments. Combined with the use of licensed-band spectrum, operators benefit from interference immunity and inherently secure data transmission.”
MST is poised to deploy another round of service offerings over its gigabit wireless backbone, including energy management, NuConcierge amenity portals for hospitality properties, and surveillance and building-wide intercom services for residential properties, as well as web hosting, offsite data storage and video conferencing for local businesses. MST also plans to replicate its “Manhattan model” in other locales in New Jersey and San Francisco. Initially, MST projected a ROI on its BridgeWave links of less than one year, but now expects an accelerated payback as its portfolio of services grows.
About BridgeWave Communications
Founded in 1999, BridgeWave Communications is the leading supplier of outdoor Gigabit wireless connectivity solutions. The company’s exclusive AdaptRate™ and AdaptPath™ technologies combined with its advanced Forward Error Correction capability deliver the highest availability at the longest distances for full-rate gigabit links. BridgeWave’s point-to-point, wireless solutions are widely deployed in mainstream enterprise and service provider network applications and are poised to play a key role in the migration to 4G mobile network backhaul. With the largest installed base of GigE radios worldwide, BridgeWave delivers the highest levels of product quality and reliability.