DragonWave Pilots LTE Backhaul

2:55 PM -- Canadian packet backhaul specialist DragonWave Inc. (AIM/Toronto: DWI; Nasdaq: DRWI) landed its first Long-Term Evolution (LTE) gig with its Horizon Quantum radio product. (See NTUA to Trial Dragonwave's LTE Radio.)

The radios will be used by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) in an LTE trial on the Navajo Nation, which is a 27,000 square mile area spanning northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah. The NTUA is trying to get funding from the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for a $46 million grant for a 530-mile fiber optic deployment and a 57-site LTE network.

DragonWave is installing the Horizon Quantum near Fort Defiance, Ariz., where it will backhaul 700MHz LTE base stations.

It's interesting to see an LTE deal for DragonWave because its customers are typically WiMax service providers, the biggest of which is Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR). In the third quarter, 82 percent of DragonWave's revenues came from Clearwire.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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