Commercial Production of BridgeWave Navigator Now Underway

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Company fast-tracks production of revolutionary licensed microwave system to meet backlog of existing customer orders and escalating order rates

Navigator delivers the capacity, flexibility, simplicity, and low cost unavailable in licensed microwave until now

BridgeWave Communications, a market leader in 5G-ready wireless backhaul systems, today announced that commercial production of Navigator, its revolutionary 6GHz-42GHz microwave system, has commenced following the completion of successful customer trials. The company expects to deliver before year-end hundreds of systems already on order from customers in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, and to accelerate production to meet purchase orders received for shipments in calendar Q42018 and the first half of calendar 2019.

The demand for Navigator is continuing to escalate because the radio system delivers features previously unavailable in licensed microwave to minimize upfront investment costs and the ongoing costs to modify, maintain, and service networks. These unique features include:

  • the ability to combine dual subcarriers in each transceiver to transport over 2.5 Gbps in a single Dual Transceiver (DT) radio using two 80MHz channels in XPIC configuration;
  • modulations up to 4096QAM with ultra-wide channel bandwidths up to 112MHz (ETSI) and 160MHz (ANSI) to maximize capacity and range;
  • 4x4 MIMO to quadruple throughput of a single channel;
  • customer-replaceable diplexers to minimize product lead times and inventory stocking costs;
  • flexibility to use each radio as a high band or low band unit, minimizing the need for sparing;
  • a dual 10GbE interface that enables a simple, single fiber run to the radio;
  • an adaptable antenna interface that allows operators to upgrade legacy networks with minimum investment and service disruption;
  • integrated software features like ACM and QoS, eliminating the need and associated costs of additional software
  • Advanced Carrier Ethernet features enabled with a single software key;
  • a minimal set of upgrade features to simplify radio configuration, installation, and support.

Navigator is available in single and dual transceiver models, Navigator ST and Navigator DT, respectively. Network operators can order either model in “base” configurations without diplexers installed, or fully configured. With Navigator systems, operators now have unprecedented flexibility to support multiple network configurations and applications, optimize networks for the highest capacity and range, upgrade legacy networks, and speed up deployments.

“Our goal is to deliver products that solve customer problems, and that’s why Navigator was designed incorporating our own modem and RF chips,” said Sanjay Nagpal, senior vice president, global sales and marketing, REMEC Broadband Wireless Networks, BridgeWave Communications, and Sage SatCom. “This investment has enabled us to push microwave technology beyond what has currently existed in the market to provide more capacity, performance, and backhaul flexibility at lower cost, and it explains the high demand for Navigator. Now that we are in full production, we can meet that demand, and we look forward to working with customers to future-proof their networks with Navigator.”

BridgeWave backhaul systems increase backhaul network capacity without the hassles and costs of new or leased fiber. In addition to Navigator microwave systems supporting the 6-42GHz frequency bands, BridgeWave offers systems supporting the 70-80GHz frequency bands, including our flagship 80GHz system, the Flex4G-10000 delivering up to 10Gbps; Flex4G-LITE, delivering up to 3Gbps; and the entry-level Flex4G-1000, delivering up to 1Gbps.

About BridgeWave Communications
BridgeWave Communications provides high-capacity microwave and millimeter wave backhaul and wireless connectivity solutions to operators, carriers, service providers, governments, and private enterprises. With over 40,000 systems deployed in more than 60 countries, the company’s innovative solutions have been entrusted by customers to enable highly reliable and secure, high-capacity, gigabit connectivity while reducing operating costs relative to fiber. Founded in 1999, BridgeWave is headquartered in San Diego, California, and is now a part of REMEC Broadband Wireless Networks LLC, which has designed, manufactured, and shipped over one million radios to customers worldwide. For more information about BridgeWave, visit

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