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Microwave backhaul

– on the road to 5G

Operators around the world share a common goal: to provide their customers with a great user experience. It’s what we refer to as app coverage - network performance from the user perspective. But to remain competitive, operators must be able to achieve this cost effectively. Microwave networks have a key role to play.

Increasing capacity needs

Rising demand for mobile broadband creates increased capacity requirements in the backhaul or transport network. We provide a range of options to enable operators to flexibly address these requirements. With its ease and speed of deployment, and ever increasing capacities, microwave backhaul can deliver superior performance and low cost of ownership. That´s why microwave networks remains a popular and flexible backhaul alternative today and on the road to 5G.

Ericsson Microwave Outlook

With the introduction of 5G in microwave bands, the availability and usage of microwave spectrum for fixed services will go through a major transformation in the next few years. This new report details topics such as future capacity requirements, microwave and fiber backhaul, trends in spectrum, 5G evolution and SDN for microwave.

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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. This concept fundamentally shifts the way spectrum can be used, with a promise to deliver a massive improvement in the performance levels of microwave backhaul, while at the same time accelerating the much needed shift toward the use of higher frequency bands.

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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.

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Gain insights on how the arrival of 5G will put new requirements on microwave networks.

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Advancements in microwave technology

Ever increasing capacities are just one area of microwave innovation. In addition to supporting more than 10 Gbps backhaul capacity over the microwave link, our portfolio also features 10 Gibabit Ethernet interfaces, support for advanced modulation schemes as well as advanced Ethernet and IP functionality. We also feature the worlds smallest high power radio unit using the traditional frequency bands (6-42 GHz) and E-band (70 and 80 GHz band) with other products supporting market leading capacity in E-band. And our new Multi-band Booster combines the best characteristics of different frequency bands to boost capacities and hop lengths for the microwave hop.

"Product reliability is the number-one criteria". Richard Webb, Research Director, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells, at IHS on Ericsson being ranked no1 vendor in their annual microwave operator survey.

Latest news

World’s first E-band MINI-LINK with 5Gbps capacity launched

Mobinil, part of the Orange Group, is the first operator worldwide to deploy Ericsson's microwave link - MINI-LINK 6352 - with 5 Gbps capacity.

Microwave flexibility: frequencies, deployment types and applications

Our microwave radio family of products, known as MINI-LINK, leads the industry and is suitable for any network scenario. Whether you need a new mobile backhaul network or are evolving an existing network, or looking for a solution for fixed broadband over microwave, or private networks, the MINI-LINK family delivers superior performance and low cost of ownership. It spans frequency bands from 4 to 80 GHz and addresses all deployment types and applications under a common management system. The portfolio includes all-outdoor, all-indoor and split mount solutions that scale from single hop applications to large aggregation nodes and delivers market leading capacities in all frequency bands. It also includes small cell backhaul solutions using the V-band (60GHz).

Radio System backhaul

An efficient microwave backhaul network requires high node capacity, compact and modular building practice, advanced packet functionality and features that are aligned and backward-compatible across different network nodes.

Microwave indoor units

For split configurations ranging from compact nodes for cell sites to high density node for aggregation sites and all indoor units for trunk applications.

Microwave outdoor units

Lowest cost of ownership whether for new mobile network rollouts, evolution of mobile networks, or fixed broadband over microwave.