Arizona Nevada Tower Corporation (ANTC), an ISP and network service provider headquartered in Las Vegas, has deployed Exalt microwave backhaul systems to expand its operations by providing carrier grade backhaul service and wireless broadband Internet access to select rural communities in the Southwest. The company currently uses Exalt licensed and license-exempt systems in its network from Pahrump in south Nevada to Hawthorne in the north. Ultimately, ANTC will deploy additional Exalt systems to extend its network from Reno to Las Vegas, adding capacity as it subscriber base grows. ANTC leases backhaul capacity to mobile operators expanding coverage or adding capacity to their existing networks and, through its subsidiaries WestNet Nevada and Atomsplash, sells broadband Internet services to individual subscribers.
“We are building a carrier-grade backbone, and Exalt offers outstanding reliability and far greater flexibility than other microwave systems providers,” said Kevin Hayes, vice president of Arizona Nevada Tower Corporation. “Exalt’s unique ability to aggregate capacity from 5 and 6 GHz systems on the same link was the real difference-maker for us. We started with just one link, but now Exalt systems are ubiquitous throughout our network, and we have specified Exalt systems for a new project that will connect a total of 28 sites establishing broadband access throughout central Nevada.”
By aggregating Exalt 5 GHz radios with its 6 GHz links, ANTC is increasing backhaul capacity by more than 50 percent. ANTC can add even more link capacity when necessary with simple license key upgrades, so it does not have to replace equipment. Additionally, the Exalt 5 GHz radios provide a built-in backup for the 6 GHz systems, although all the Exalt systems have been completely reliable to date.
Because many of ANTC’s tower locations are on windy mountaintops, the company selected Exalt all-indoor systems to ease maintenance. The microwave links average 40 miles in length, and each link currently is configured to carry at least 260 megabits per second (Mbps) of Ethernet traffic and 4 T1 lines.
“Our broad product line, unique capabilities such as aggregating capacity of licensed and license-exempt radios, and our understanding of the many challenges that service providers face makes Exalt the logical choice to build out these networks,” said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. “Companies like Arizona Nevada Tower Corporation are finding that Exalt offers more choices, simplifies microwave backhaul configuration, installation, and maintenance, and lowers the total cost of ownership. Those tangible benefits are why more and more service providers are turning to Exalt.”