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NEC expands its iPASOLINK portfolio for high-speed and high-capacity wireless transmission

*** For immediate use February 26, 2015

Tokyo, February 26, 2015 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the launch of iPASOLINK VR, which enables high-speed and high-capacity wireless transmission, as a new model in the iPASOLINK Series of ultra-compact microwave communication systems.

The iPASOLINK VR delivers enhanced wireless signal processing performance. By combining with the latest modulations method, it will provide high-speed and high-capacity wireless transmission that supports the next-generation mobile communications such as LTE-Advanced. In addition to a wireless interface, it is also equipped with 10 gigabit optical communication interface. This makes the iPASOLINK VR an ideal solution for constructing seamless transmission networks that combine optical fibers with wireless connections.

In response to increasing needs for sharing single mobile network infrastructures among multiple telecom operators, the iPASOLINK VR provides Hierarchical QoS (H-QoS) function. It paves the way for the simultaneous operation of mobile networks owned by multiple telecom operators with different service levels on a single transmission network.

In addition, the new product incorporates NEC's newly developed SDN based network automation and optimization tool called BRM (*1). Optimizing the traffic flow over radio transmission network, it achieves network operation with a high level of efficiency and reliability, while enhancing end user's quality of experience (QoE).

Furthermore, the iPASOLINK VR is compatible with existing iPASOLINK models. Existing products can be smoothly upgraded by adding a card to the in-door unit (IDU), making it possible for telecom operators to control investment in network infrastructure.

"Support for swift and flexible expansion of mobile networks is expected to become more important for telecom operators. New technologies such as SDN and NFV will be introduced at a much faster pace to realize the automation and virtualization of mobile networks. As a leading company in microwave communication, NEC will continue its research and development efforts on wireless transmission technologies, and continue to offer network equipment that meets ever-changing customers' needs," said Katsuhiro Sasaki, Vice President, Telecom Carrier Business Unit, NEC Corporation.

NEC recently announced the development of a wireless transmission technology that enables the use of a 4096 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (4096QAM) method. This technology will be incorporated in the iPASOLINK VR products.



*1) Backhaul Resource Manager (BRM), which is network optimization tool for centralized management and control in mobile backhaul network.

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