World's fastest microwave backhaul solution with 2.5Gbps

Press release
Feb 12, 2010 10:00 (GMT +00:00)
  • Demonstrates world's first 2.5Gbps microwave radio connection live
  • More than 60 percent of radio base stations are backhauled using microwave solutions
  • Delivered 2 million MINI-LINK microwave radio units

By 2014, more than 3 billion subscribers will use broadband, with 80 percent on mobile broadband according to Ericsson. High transmission speeds are critical to meet the ever increasing demand placed on mobile networks by the dramatic rise in traffic from smartphones and other devices as well as applications such as video, internet TV and business services. Mobile operators see high capacity microwave radio connections as a fast and cost-effective way to backhaul broadband services on WCDMA and LTE networks efficiently and reliably, particularly in urban areas.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) will provide a live demonstration of the world's first high-speed microwave radio connection with a transporting capacity of 2.5Gbps at GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 15-18. This is one of Ericsson's latest efforts to support increased data speeds in networks and ensure they can scale up to manage the capacity needed for fully fledged LTE systems. The 2.5Gbps connection uses the new 70-80GHz frequency band (E-band) to transport high levels of data on the air.

Georges Antoun, head of IP and Broadband at Ericsson, says: "Microwave has been a key component when it comes to fast and cost-effective rollouts of mobile networks, and will continue to be just that when the capacities take off in the networks. We have now delivered more than 2 million MINI-LINKs around the globe and we see that microwave will remain as the solution for mobile backhaul as it provides the lowest total cost of ownership."

Ericsson will release its first product in the 70-80GHz frequency band supporting 1Gbps during 2010. The demonstration will be carried out at Ericsson's exhibition area in Hall 6, La Fira, Barcelona during the GSMA MWC. Access is by invitation only. Media representatives should contact Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations.


Ericsson at GSMA Mobile World Congress



3G reference list

Ericsson's offering in microwave solutions

White Paper: High speed technologies for Mobile Backhaul
Photos of MINI-LINK


Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices. 

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the "prime driver in an all-communicating world" through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.



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  • Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Spain, February 15- 18
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