Microwave multi-band booster

Extending the E-band reach

Multi-band booster, enabling 5G transport everywhere

Multi-band booster increases the hop length, by combining different frequencies, like E-band with 18 GHz, in one hop. It is a flexible way of catering for the 5G transport requirements.

What is multi-band booster?

Multi-band booster combines the best characteristics of different frequency bands to boost capacities, unleashing the use of higher frequencies, like E-band, over longer distances and much wider geographical areas. Multi-band booster uses a low-band radio to provide a high-availability connection and combines it with a higher band that provides a significant increase in capacity, but with a slightly lower availability. This is perfect way to extend the reach of E-band up to 3 times.

Extending the reach of e-band and other wide-frequency bands

Key benefits

Boosts capacities and spectrum use

Multi-band booster uses a low band radio to provide a high availability connection and combines it with a higher band that provides a significant increase in capacity but with a slightly lower availability. For example with a combination of 23 GHz radio with an E-band radio the combination enables 10 times more capacity, than with only using a single 23GHz radio.

Maximizes E-band hop length

Multi-band booster makes it possible to extend the use of the E-band radio that normally is limited to shorter hop-lengths. For example, by using the reach of the 23GHz radio, the hop-length can be extended by 3 times compared to a single E-band hop. This means E-band can be used not just in dense urban areas, but also in suburban areas over longer distances.

Minimizes TCO

The spectrum license for new bands like the E-band (70/80 GHz) are often priced very low compared to traditional bands. Multi-band Booster enables the use of minimal amount of radios for high capacities and a certain hop-length, and the spectrum cost is reduced by up to 75%.

Try it out!

In this tool you can combine different frequencies, channel bandwidth, rain zones and hop length, and see how this effects the capacity and availability of the Multi-band booster hop.

"Together with Ericsson we have started implementing E-Band microwave on the short hops very early, benefiting high link capacities for low operational cost. Nowadays we extend the E-Band reach by combining with classical microwave system bound together in Multi-band Booster configuration, which brings much higher link capacities comparing to traditional XPIC upgrades. Ericsson’s high-power MINI-LINK 6352 system makes this possible to implement.”

Maciej Różowicz - Head of Mobile Backhaul Transport T-Mobile, Poland

22Gbps over one antenna

22Gbps over one antenna

The mulit-band antenna allows radios with different frequencies to transmitt over one and the same antenna, significantly reducing tower foot print and simplifying installations drastically for multi-band booster hops.

In this video a multi-band antenna transmitting 22Gbps with 2 E-band radios and 2 18 GHz radios is demonstrated.

Our products for Multi-band booster

MINI LINK 6000

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 . All the products in MINI LINK 6000 can be used with Multi band booster.

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