The primary cost driver of macro cell, small cell backhaul, and other point-to-point or multipoint applications for network operators and enterprises is paying technicians and tower climbers to establish and maintaining precise radio alignment. In addition, some throughput is lost to sway and torsion of the mounting structure, particularly in moderate to high winds. Pivotal’s Directivity-on-Demand™ (DoD) beamsteering enables self-aligning, self-organizing networks with remote control and management. This means that obstructions and outages can be mitigated in milliseconds — electronically and automatically. DoD also improves throughput by counteracting torsion and sway in real time. This way, network operators can consider using less rigid – and less expensive – mounting structures.
For the small cell backhaul market, Pivotal’s thin, lightweight and conformal antenna arrays give network operators more placement flexibility and aesthetic appeal to municipalities. Streetlights and other municipal infrastructure, not to mention commercial building facia, become real backhaul site options. More site options can result in lower site costs.
Low C-SWaP (Cost, Size, Weight and Power) and DoD makes temporary backhaul possible, too. Pivotal arrays can be mounted on drones, blimps or other moving aircraft to retransmit ground-based traffic generated by sporting events or natural disasters, for example, to distant microwave towers.