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Ericsson Microwave Outlook report - October 2023

Ericsson Microwave Outlook report

October 2023

10 years of wireless backhaul

The Ericsson Microwave Outlook report, published annually, contains the latest trends, developments and insights into wireless backhaul industry.

E-band, antennas and automation in focus

The introduction of 5G has seen E-band spread to most parts of the world, in this the 10th edition of the report, we see that the E-band spectrum fulfills the capacity needs for most deployments even beyond 2030. Driven by advancements in microwave technology, the antenna toolbox has expanded to provide diverse options and possibilities. Operational costs for managing a microwave network can be significantly reduced by applying network automation. To find out more about this and other interesting topics, download Ericsson Microwave Outlook 2023. In this year's edition we continue providing insights and trends up until 2030 in the wireless backhaul industry.

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Key highlights from the report


E-band spectrum fulfills capacity needs for most deployments even beyond 2030


We foresee a 50-50 split of microwave and fiber for mobile backhaul by 2030 (excluding Northeast Asia)


Automation can reduce site visits by 40%, AI will reduce it even further


Sway compensation enables the use of 0.9.m antennas with 80% longer hops than regular 0.3 m antennas


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A decade of microwave insights and prediction

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