Reporting Back From The User Conference

Posted by Brian Eichenser on January 6, 2011

Comsearch’s recent 10th Annual  User Conference in Dublin, Ireland, was a big success, based on what attendees told us.

For those who aren’t familiar, CommScope offers a whole range of innovative spectrum management and wireless engineering solutions under the Comsearch brand. (Basically, we help bring sanity to the “wild west” of radio frequency management and simplify planning for those rolling out microwave radio network links.) One of those solutions is the iQ.linkXG microwave backhaul/fixed network design and management tool, for which I am responsible.

The User Conference is a two-day event we host every year, bringing together the community of users to learn more about the product, share best-practices, provide input into the development direction of the product and meet with other industry peers. We did something new this year that was a big hit. For the first time, we brought in experts from two radio equipment manufacturers, to present on their adaptive modulation radio solutions.

Again if you’re not familiar, adaptive modulation radios automatically adjust the capacity and modulation of a microwave link to maximize throughput in good conditions, while maintaining high priority voice traffic during challenging transmission conditions. Comsearch recently won a Wireless Backhaul Distinction Award from 4GWE and Crossfire Media for upgrading iQ.linkXG to include comprehensive support for adaptive modulation radios.

We invited the adaptive modulation radio vendors to present at our User Conference to offer additional learning and support to customers for this innovative technology. And I must say, our users loved it! Getting access to the radio vendors and really getting a chance to learn both how the radios work and how iQ.linkXG can help support them during network design seemed to be a real benefit. I am really proud of that since growing the skills and capabilities of network designers, and adding value for them, is part the mission.

The community continues to expand—this year’s User Conference was our largest turn-out yet with over 40 attendees—and I hope we can continue to innovate together over the next year.

Thanks again to the radio reps and all the users who participated this year.

Were you at the conference? What did you think of this approach?

And if anyone out there has questions regarding the implementation of adaptive modulation into microwave design, please feel free to leave a comment. I’m more than happy to help you out if I can.

About the Author

Brian Eichenser

Brian Eichenser is the director of software products at Comsearch. With over 20 years of experience in the field of spectrum management, spectrum sharing and fixed network planning, Brian is responsible for the development direction of Comsearch software products, including iQ.linkXG and iQ.clearXG, which are offered globally. Comsearch has been providing innovative spectrum management and wireless engineering solutions to the global market for fixed, mobile, and broadband wireless applications for over 30 years.


4 comments for "Reporting Back From The User Conference"
Aidan Magee says:
Excellent Conference, would be very useful to have a blog site for IQLink in general where users can communicate issues resolve them and provide feedback on what changes they would like to see implemented
Brian Eichenser says:
Thank you for your comment Aidan! I'm glad you enjoyed the conference. In fact, we are planning to launch an online discussion forum this year. This will offer our customers another way to communicate ideas and issues. We'll send an announcement to the community when the forum is available.
Brian Eichenser says:
Hello Aidan - Our online discussion forum is now available. Please feel free to register at anytime. We've also completely re-designed the section of our website and the product now has its own, dedicated URL as well. Please visit us at New updates to the website will be coming soon. Thanks again for your comments and feedback.
Aidan Magee says:
Excellent to finally have this facility!

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