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29 July, 2015 - 05:11 By Kate Sweeney

Jonathan McKay appointed chair at Cambridge Broadband Networks

Jonathan McKay Cambridge Broadband Networks

Fast-expanding Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL), the global market-leader in licensed point-to-multipoint microwave, has appointed the influential Jonathan McKay as chairman.

McKay (pictured) brings more than 30 years of international experience to CBNL and marks the continued growth of the company across backhaul and enterprise access markets. McKay, who is also chairman of Just Giving, Forward Partners and La Fosse Associates, brings a wealth of experience in world-class technology businesses.

His former roles include chairman of Ubiquisys, chairman of Fizzback and VP and general manager of Sun Microsystems’ Tools and Integration business unit. He joined Sun as a result of the company’s $700 million acquisition of Forte, where he held the roles of chief operating officer and chief marketing oificer from the corporate headquarters in San Francisco.

He said: “I join CBNL at an exciting time as the company continues its growth and completes the launch of the latest generation in its wireless technology.  

“The demand for mobile data and carrier-grade business connectivity has created a huge strain on networks and the challenge of how to cost effectivity deliver this is being felt across the world. CBNL’s latest VectaStar solution provides the perfect balance of high-capacity, carrier-grade services and cost savings which offers operators an attractive business case and competitive advantage. 

“The significant growth CBNL has recently achieved in winning 25 new customers and expanding into 10 new countries, including the US, proves the technology is perfectly in tune with operator requirements.”

CBNL launched the latest generation of its market leading licensed PMP platform at Mobile World Congress in March. The new platform offers up to 14.4Gb/s per hub site, up to 20km range and total cost of ownership savings of up to 50 percent compared to fibre and traditional point-to-point technology. CBNL serves more than 70 communication providers across 42 counties, including seven of the world’s largest top ten operators. CBNL customers include MTN, Telefonica, Airtel and Vodacom.

Pioneering next generation microwave transmission equipment since 2000, CBNL is the global leader in carrier-class, multipoint microwave backhaul and access solutions. 

CBNL’s VectaStar platform is deployed by over 70 communications providers across 42 countries, including seven of the top ten mobile operators. 

With high capacity and unparallelled efficiency, VectaStar improves network spectral efficiency by at least 40 perc ent, whilst offering total cost of ownership savings of up to 50 per cent compared to alternative technologies. 

In today’s data age, VectaStar is one of the world’s leading solutions for enterprise access, macro or small cell backhaul. Privately-held, CBNL has headquarters in Cambridge UK, with offices in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Dubai.

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