Light Reading
Startup Mimosa intros a 1-Gig backhaul radio and says it can get customer installation costs below $100 in the city.

Mimosa's Backhaul Bubbles With Massive MIMO

Dan Jones
8/5/2014
50%
50%

Startup Mimosa has made a start on the first phase of its plans to deliver a low-cost, high-speed wireless alternative to fiber.

The Campbell, Calif.-based company is launching the B5 Backhaul Radio and Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS), a network planning and analytics tool which will report back on the performance of the company's radio in the field.

The company is using a 5GHz 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi chipset from Quantenna Communications Inc. as the baseline for the unit: WiFi silicon is part of what helps keeps the cost down. (See Asus, Quantenna Bring Gigabit WiFi Home.)

Mimosa then layers in the technology that makes its radios smarter than the average WiFi. "We've made enhancements at the lowest layers of the silicon," Jaime Fink, chief product officer at Mimosa -- and presumably no relation to Doctor Fink -- tells Light Reading.

Mimosa is pushing "Massive MIMO" antenna technology as one of the wellsprings of its alt-fiber tech. Maxing the technology out now, the company claims it can run four radios with 4x4 multiple input, multiple out (MIMO) antenna arrays for 16 streams delivering 4 Gbit/s in a single shared channel.


Want to know about the cutting edge in radio technology? Check out our dedicated 5G channel here on Light Reading.


To achieve this, the system "listens" and moves channels if it runs into noise or interference. "The radios are doing constant spectrum analysis," says Fink. The radio can check the channel it is on, as well as non-operational channels, to find the best link.

Combined with GPS data at the radio, such information can be fed back to the Mimosa Cloud Services (MCS) tool to track and map the overall performance of the backhaul radios.

Mimosa is starting with the backhaul piece because that is what it expects wireless ISPs to build out first. "You have to build out from the data center towards the subscribers," comments Fink.

The B5 Radio

The B5 is being sold as a gigabit-link radio backhaul product. Fink expects that this would translate as 400 to 500 Mbit/s being delivered to fixed wireless end-users.

The range of the radios will depend on whether they are being used in urban, suburan or rural settings:

"The range is entirely dependent on the gain of the antenna you're going to be using," says Fink. With the B5 Radio, the minimum range is one mile, but it can reach much further with higher-power antennas. "I'm out testing a link of 110 kilometers this weekend," Fink told Light Reading late last week.

Similarly, Fink expects that capex costs for customer installations will depend on the setting. He says that Mimosa is aiming for an eventual cost of less than $100 cost per customer in urban areas and up to $200 in rural areas. This is obviously much cheaper than fiber runs.

The startup, which has raised $38 million in funding from investors such as New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Oak Investment Partners , is targeting the gamut of potential wireless ISPs with its products. "I would not count out anybody that has been looking at licensed cellular opportunities, or the satellite guys," says Fink.

Mimosa Cloud Services design capabilities are available now. The B5 Backhaul Radio is available for order in two versions -- a 5GHz backhaul radio with an integrated antenna (B5), and a radio-only version (B5c). The radios will begin shipping in the fall: The list price is $899 for the B5 and $839 for the B5c.

Mimosa expects to re-use some of the concepts in different endeavors in the future too. "This core technology is something we'll be able to use in a number of different spectrum fields," says Fink.

It is planning to introduce customer premises equipment and devices in the near future as part of its bid to supply an end-to-end system using this technology. This could happen as soon as next year, according to Fink. "Easily in the first half of next year... and that's end-to-end -- the backhaul will be up before that," he tells us.

Fink says there are no plans to license its technology yet.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
alexmore
50%
50%
alexmore,
User Rank: Light Beer
8/24/2014 | 3:09:20 PM
Re: Pretty ambitious, no?
UBNT for sure...

Other vendor?
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
8/7/2014 | 1:30:09 PM
Re: Pretty ambitious, no?
Yeah, there's some other interesting plays out there too...
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/7/2014 | 12:44:18 AM
Re: Pretty ambitious, no?
Dan, Entrepreneurs always have bold visions, what I find impressive is that they managed to get investors willing to invest in their bold approach.
mhhf1ve
50%
50%
mhhf1ve,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/6/2014 | 2:44:09 PM
Re: Pretty ambitious, no?
My first reaction: does this require a line of sight to work in practice? 

I assume not... so that it can actually compete with fiber. But then does its performance vary with weather and other environmental factors? Wireless tech is great, but actual wires and fibers have some inherent advantages.
DanJones
100%
0%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
8/5/2014 | 12:18:28 PM
Pretty ambitious, no?
Pretty ambitious of  young startup to come up with the radio technology, the radio network aspects, the CPE, and devices as its starting plan, no?
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

1|29|15   |   6:28   |   (0) comments


Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

1|29|15   |   3:39   |   (0) comments


In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Virtual CPE

1|27|15   |   01:38   |   (5) comments


As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
Optical Is Hot in 2015

1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
LRTV Custom TV
Policy Control in the Fast Lane

1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
LRTV Documentaries
Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pay-TV's Networked Future

1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
LRTV Interviews
Cisco Talks Transformation

1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
Upcoming Live Events
February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
Infographics
Hot Topics
Google Continues Gigabit Expansion
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/27/2015
Comcast Apologizes to 'A**hole' Brown
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/29/2015
US Ops Spend $32.5M to Bring 4G to Chicago's Subways
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 1/30/2015
Cablevision's New WiFi Try – Freewheeling Enough?
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 1/26/2015
Overture Builds on NFV Foundation
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/27/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Weekly Executive Interview
Join us live for Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, and Universal, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he has to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.