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Mobile transport solutions to connect 5G services, everywhere

Demand for 5G services is rising sharply across consumer and industry markets. To service this demand, service providers need purpose-built microwave and fiber mobile transport solutions – delivering ubiquitous, high-capacity 5G and 4G connectivity across cities, suburban areas and remote, rural spaces.

Based on a unique combination of microwave, IP router and integrated optical solutions, our mobile transport solutions deliver the capacity, ultra-low latency and layer 3 capability needed to build, scale and service 5G everywhere. The solution is complemented with best-in-class IP, edge, core and security solutions, along with highly flexible optical transport products from our partners. Automation and seamless orchestration enables service providers to secure their radio performance while reducing complexity. Ericsson Network Manager manages the end-to-end across the radio, transport and core networks – making Ericsson a one-stop shop for all your 4G and 5G needs. We’re ready for 5G. Are you?

Ericsson 5G Transport

A breadth of solutions for 5G transport to connect services everywhere

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Ericsson Router 6673 is a finalist in the Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH) category

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Focus areas

Packet fronthaul

The transport infrastructure of your network is key in securing the best 5G performance. The radio evolution, introducing new interfaces and deployment architectures, drives the need for increased capacity and connectivity, lower latency, and support for increased traffic volume in 5G IP networks. Our Router 6000 family is designed to cater for the diverse challenging demands of modern backhaul and fronthaul networks.

Microwave multi-band booster

Multi-band booster increases the hop length, or the capacity, by  combining different frequencies in one hop. It is a flexible way of catering for the 5G transport requirements.

Microwave long haul

How can you plan networks that provide high capacity in rural or remote areas where no optical fiber is available at a reasonable cost? Long haul microwave is the answer.

Ubiquitous 5G transport solutions

We’re evolving mobile transport to deliver high-capacity, low-latency 5G connectivity across all cities, suburban, and rural areas. Welcome to the era of ubiquitous microwave and fiber-based transport.

5G transport cases and insights

AI and Machine learning for Microwave networks

Glenn Landgren, Transmission Manager from 3, presents his thoughts around the value of AI and machine learning and products such as Ericsson’s Advanced Microwave Insights for an operator using a microwave network.

Hi3G selects Ericsson to develop transport network for 5G in Denmark

Ericsson has been selected by Hi3G, operating as 3 in Denmark, to modernize its transport network with 5G-ready routers over the next three years.

Swisscom chooses Ericsson to deliver end-to-end 5G IP transport network

Ericsson has been chosen by Swisscom to deliver an end-to-end 5G IP transport network with the Router 6000 series as the site and edge router and Juniper MX series in the core.

Industry insights on the importance of microwave

In this film interview, experts from Turkcell, Orange Global, GCI Liberty, and Cable & Wireless Communications, describe some of the major challenges they are experiencing in their network evolution as well as how Ericsson is helping them secure success through microwave adoption.

Key solutions


Ericsson’s market-leading, powerful and cost-efficient microwave radio system bringing up to 10Gbps capacity with superior performance to 5G NR sites where time to market and cost are factors.

Fronthaul 6000

The industry’s most complete, protocol-agnostic fronthaul solution for 4G and 5G, designed for, and verified with Ericsson Radio System, enables superior RAN performance in the most cost-efficient and flexible way.

Router 6000

The industry’s highest performance 5G router(s), eliminates the backhaul bottleneck with 10/100Gbps capacity, in a form factor that avoids stranded ports. Designed as part of the Ericsson Radio System, Router 6000 enables superior RAN performance with 5G features not found in any other router on the market today.

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Ericsson Microwave Outlook Report

The report provides insights and trends up until 2025 in the microwave industry and discusses in detail different technologies like MIMO, E-band that enable the required high capacities ready for the evolution of 5G and beyond.

Mobile transport evolution

Current network architecture needs to evolve to meet the needs of the wide variety of use cases enabled by 5G technology. As part of this, the transport network must evolve and scale efficiently to meet widely varying, but strict, requirements for performance, capacity, latency, and security.

5G New Radio RAN and transport choices that minimize TCO

This Ericsson Technology Review article presents all the available options and explains why automation and tight integration between the RAN and the transport network will be critical to achieving cost-efficient deployments. In particular, it highlights the cost-saving benefits of using self-built transport based on dark fiber when deploying 5G NR in densely populated areas.

Microwave backhaul gets a boost with multiband

As the performance level demands on services like mobile broadband continue to rise, networks are going to need some innovative tools. New methods that will maximize spectrum efficiency, and new technologies that can exploit unused spectrum are going to be needed. Multiband booster is one such method.

Microwave backhaul evolution – reaching beyond 100GHz

Microwave backhaul technology plays a significant role in providing reliable mobile network performance and is well prepared to support both the evolution of LTE and the introduction of 5G. Work has now started on the longer-term use of frequencies beyond 100GHz, targeting the support of 5G evolution toward 2030.

Integrated access and backhaul – a new type of wireless backhaul in 5G

5G New Radio introduces a new type of wireless backhaul known as integrated access and backhaul (IAB) that is of particular interest for dense deployment of street-level radio nodes. This Ericsson Technology Review article explains the IAB concept at a high level, presenting its architecture and key characteristics, as well as examining its advantages and disadvantages compared with other backhaul technologies.

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