Mimosa adds 1Gbps to support TNB Telecom with 700% Rio traffic surge

26 August 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Mimosa Networks added 1Gbps of bandwidth to support TOP NET Brasil (TNB) Telecom with the 700% traffic increase in Rio during the Olympics.

Mimosa RioUsing Mimosa’s backhaul technology, broadband operator TNB Telecom, the Brazilian subsidiary of Torre Online Group, provided high capacity services to locations across the city, including the highly congested Copacabana Beach hotel area.

“Providing connectivity able to support high-bandwidth services in dense urban areas during major international events provides a huge challenge for local operators, many of whom have little experience in provisioning for this level of demand,” said Jaime Fink, co-founder and chief product officer at Mimosa.

“Delivering a scalable, high-performance broadband network able to cope with traffic increases of 700%, was an outstanding achievement and is testament to the expertise of TNB Telecom and the flexibility of the Mimosa solution.”

TNB Telecom’s operations manager Felipe Ouro Preto added: “We were surprised by the number of opportunities that arose during the summer. We examined a number of alternatives but the only way to quickly deliver the extra bandwidth required while considering cost and availability of products was to use Mimosa backhaul radios.”

TNB Telecom, the Brazilian subsidiary of Torre Online Group, deployed Mimosa B5c connectorised radios and B5-Lite backhaul radios, delivering high-performance and high-availability links. 

Following just two days of thorough lab testing, the system was installed and provided the required increase in bandwidth across sites suffering network congestion. Even during the busiest periods, the company was able to offer 550Mbps/450Mbps in extremely challenging environments with high levels of signal interference and floor noise. Clients received between 20Mbps to 200Mbps bandwidth, depending on their demands. 

Following the initial success of the system, TNB Telecom was able to supply additional providers with capacity to serve their customers. To install the Mimosa backhaul radios around the city, TNB Telecom partnered with Mimosa’s official reseller in Brazil, Click Mobile. 

“Mimosa B5c challenges the previous notions on delivering high bandwidth in 5.8GHz,” added Fabio Moreira, Head of Click Mobile. “Even in a major metro area such as Rio de Janeiro, where multiple overlaid ISPs networks compete for spectrum, with good RF planning and the right antennas it is now possible to deploy quick and stable links with a fraction of a cost of licensed radios.”