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DNB and Ericsson ready to enhance capacity, reach and meet 5G Advanced requirements of the 5G network with Multi-band Booster solution

  • Combines the best characteristics of the traditional microwave band and E-band frequencies to boost the capacity, reach and coverage of the 5G network.
  • Provides an energy efficient, faster, cost-efficient and simplified solution for urban and rural areas while enabling Fixed Wireless Access and 5G Advanced capabilities.  
  • The Multi-band Booster solution is a key enabler for 5G Advanced networks in the future by efficiently utilizing spectrum for capacity, throughput and low latency of 5G. 
Press release
May 23, 2024
DNB and Ericsson ready to enhance capacity, reach and meet 5G Advanced requirements of the 5G network with Multi-band Booster solution

Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have successfully trialled what is known in the industry as a Multi-band Booster solution, which combines the best characteristics of the traditional microwave (6-42 GHz) and E-band (70/80 GHz) band frequencies to boost the capacity, reach and coverage of the 5G network.

Malaysia’s world-leading 5G network is already ranked at the top for its performance - ranked number one globally for 5G consistency by Ookla – and the Multi-band Booster will enable it to evolve its capabilities further as the demands on it increase. It will drive the country’s digitalization journey and economy by bridging the digital divide and providing robust and reliable 5G enterprise connectivity.

The Multi-band Booster solution combines the high availability of the lower frequency microwave bands with the high capacity of the E-band, which then can be used over much longer distances and wider geographical areas; significantly extending reach and boosting the overall network capacity.

The combination of the high data throughput, low latency coverage, reliability and simplified outdoor deployment enabled by the Multi-band Booster solution make it suitable for applications like fixed wireless access and requirements introduced by 5G Advanced.

It will also enhance the amount of data that can be transmitted between cell towers and Mobile Network Operator cores (the backhaul connectivity) in the network.

The solution allows 5G and 5G Advanced services to be introduced faster for the benefit of consumers, in rural and underserved communities. For enterprise users, the solution can be used to connect different sites within enterprise networks with high capacity and minimum indoor footprint, without having to wait for fiber to be available, which will expedite their digitalization journey.

The fully outdoor solution also does away with the need for a room or cooling requirements, which makes it greener and energy sustainable.

It allows the E-band (using Ericsson’s MINI-LINK 6352) to be combined with traditional microwave bands (using Ericsson’s MINI-LINK 6365 + MINI-LINK 6371) to leverage the strengths of both frequency ranges. This combination will extend the reach and capacity of microwave links and significantly improve the use of spectrum. The reach of E-band is extended up to two times while the capacity of the traditional band is enhanced by five times.

Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh David Hägerbro says: “The world-class 5G network in Malaysia and this achievement makes it the first in the region to be able to deliver the benefits of 5G faster, wider and even more efficiently. The capacity and speed that can be delivered means that the network is capable of supporting the demands of 5G as the technology evolves.”

“The success of this live test, that was done on a congested site, shows that the DNB 5G network is ready with advanced 5G solutions that will open up new services for both consumers and enterprises, even in rural areas. This will accelerate the digitalization journey for enterprises while allowing the digital divide to be bridged even faster. The ability to do so will be part of how Ericsson works to propel Malaysia towards becoming a leading digital nation.”


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