Point-to-Point (PTP) microwave links are often a cost-effective method of wirelessly transporting utility backbone data traffic. They can be configured with equipment redundancy, weather hardening, or path rerouting capability to further increase reliability. Links can be FCC licensed or unlicensed and provide a wide range of capacities. The challenge lies in properly designing and implementing the system to account for potential obstructions and to ensure operation, even during extreme weather conditions.

Our team supports the evaluation, design, channel planning, procurement, deployment, and testing phases of the project. We assess current PTP backbone systems and evaluate potential microwave systems. Our designs address quality issues such as throughput, link stability, reliability, and latency. We can help educate your team on the capabilities of leading communication vendors and the cost and functionality trade-offs of different types of microwave systems so you can make the most informed decision.

PTP Technologies and Applications:

  • Selection of available and appropriate frequencies
    • Proprietary, licensed technology at 6, 11, 18, and 23 GHz
    • Unlicensed frequencies at 2.4 and 5.8 GHz
  • Conduct path loss
  • Conduct link design
    • Bandwidth, design, and configuration from T1 to Gigabit Ethernet
    • Mixed native Ethernet and TDM technologies (OC3, T1, GB-Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet, and MPLS)
    • Moving from circuit-switched to packet-switched technologies
    • Adaptive modulation design and QoS support
  • Analysis of tower loading and mounting requirements

Our Microwave Experts

Tom Asp

Consultant in Utility Automation and Communications

Eric Wirth

Manager of SCADA & Communications

Jim Weikert

Vice President of Utility
Automation & Communications

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