Aviat and CommScope team for Tongan comms

By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 16 April, 2018

Aviat and CommScope team for Tongan comms

Aviat Networks has selected CommScope’s microwave antenna solutions to furnish wireless coverage and to increase capacity across the Kingdom of Tonga.

Tonga has 100,000 residents spread across 36 islands, spanning 1.8 million square kilometres of the South Pacific.

The Kingdom’s growing population has been relying on limited satellite communications and unreliable wireless coverage.

To address this, CommScope and Aviat have built a microwave link with a repeater site located on Kao Island, home to an ancient volcano.

“Turning a dormant volcano island into an active mobile communication link was a significant challenge due to geographical restrictions and extreme weather conditions,” said Aaron Prior, senior sales engineer and regional manager, Aviat Networks.

“By teaming up with CommScope, we’ve built one of the longest microwave links in the world which addresses bandwidth requirements due to the number of connected devices and digital services putting more strain on the network.

“Residents across the Kingdom of Tonga can now watch videos or play games with friends from their mobile devices.”

CommScope’s ExtremeLine microwave antennas were selected for durability in the sometimes extreme weather conditions experienced by the islands.

The antenna type chosen (HSX) has helped to eliminate interference and boost capacity through the link by virtue of its radiation patterns and cross polarisation discrimination.

Seven sites spread over 90,000 square kilometres have multiple high-resolution cameras which can be used to conduct visual inspections, especially after extreme weather events such as cyclones.

“A reliable communication network supports economic growth and an improved quality of life for everyone. Connectivity should be available anywhere — no matter how rural or hard to reach,” said Navin Vohra, vice president of Service Providers for Asia Pacific, CommScope.

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