XCIEN Switches to Mimosa Wireless for No Limit Internet

Overview:

Wireless Internet Service Provider XCIEN wanted to bring reliable and high-speed internet to difficult to reach areas.

Requirements:

An economical and high-speed end-to-end solution with backhaul, client, and access devices to connect urban and rural clients.

Solution:

Deployed Mimosa B5c connectorized radios, Mimosa B5-Lite radios, Mimosa C5 client devices and Mimosa A5 access devices.

Results:

XCIEN achieved higher speeds and cut costs by 25%.

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Mimosa Delivers High Speeds and Dramatically Reduces Costs

With a backbone network covering over 4,000 square kilometers and eight metro areas in Mexico, Wireless Internet Service Provider XCIEN has a clear mission - to provide reliable and high-speed internet to subscribers in both dense urban areas and in difficult to access rural areas. XCIEN's business model is to provide Gigabit internet over wireless, avoiding the cost and delay of deploying fiber to the premises. Using wireless links, installation time to its residential, business and government customers is cut from months to days.

With five different internet offerings in addition to managed services, private cloud offerings, event internet, and data center services, XCIEN's business is booming. Business customers typically require speeds from 2 to 400 Mbps, completely symmetric, and with a guaranteed 99.99% annual network availability. Residential internet service offers customers speeds from 5 Mbps to 30 Mbps. XCIEN's event internet service is a temporary service to bring internet WiFi to forums, sporting events, festivals, concerts and any other events that require a reliable connection, and in some areas, a mobile unit is deployed to bring wireless internet to events.

Operating over a large region of north and central Mexico, the average distance of XCIEN's backhaul links range between 10 kilometers to 15 kilometers, with one link of over 60 kilometers in Santiago de Queretaro, between Peak Bandera and Peak La Meza. After extensive product research, XCIEN ultimately selected Mimosa B5c connectorized radios and B5-Lite backhaul radios for its critical backhaul links.

"For XCIEN, Mimosa means peace of mind and future capacity growth from the get go. Mimosa has improved our network stability where we need to reach extremely long distances and bandwidth capability, which in turn opens a new horizon in our ability to offer services and do business", said Francisco Martinez Salas, Director of Operations and Connectivity at XCIEN. "We were thrilled to see that after deploying Mimosa in our network, our backhaul link speeds increased fourfold to an average of 400 Mbps, with some links delivering up to 800 Mbps,"

In addition to the higher speeds, XCIEN was able to achieve higher efficiency by deploying the Mimosa B5c connectorized radios using tower space and re-using RF spectrum. They also cut costs by 25% by decreasing the number of secondary links previously installed with other manufacturers between radio base stations. The addition of Mimosa to XCIEN's network allowed the company to improve its capital budget, using Mimosa wireless systems to replace fiber to communicate with some of the radio base stations. In addition to providing cost savings and higher speeds, Mimosa successfully passed RFC2544 testing, which is a critical mandatory service requirement demanded by XCIEN's key clients.

“Mimosa means peace of mind and future capacity growth from the get go”

Installation of the Mimosa radios and devices was a simple procedure for XCIEN, with a typical installation taking about three hours. To optimize their final configurations, they worked closely with the Mimosa support team. "We found the Mimosa products to be extremely user-friendly, and any questions we had were quickly solved by the very knowledgeable tech support team via chat, which is a tremendous advantage," said Martinez Salas. "We also took advantage of the Mimosa Cloud and Design tools for planning and monitoring our network"

As XCIEN continues to build out its network, they are looking to upgrade their network with additional Mimosa backhaul links, and will begin to deploy the new Mimosa A5 access point and C5 client radios. "Mimosa is definitely a key part of our expansion plans going forward," continued Martinez Salas. "We would love to see a scenario where 100% of our backhaul links are Mimosa radios."

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