Ericsson Microwave Outlook 2020

Enhancing 5G with microwave

As 5G is switched on at an incredible pace, several transport aspects like spectrum usage, differentiated availability and the mix of fiber and microwave become more important than ever.


This year's edition we're provides unmissable insights and trends up until 2025 in the microwave industry. With the increasing transport demands from the switch on of 5G, the report also discusses how to deal with scattered spectrum and new ways of planning with differentiated availability and multi-band booster.

Check out the key highlights from the report:

  • With 5G the capacity needs in urban areas will in 2025 vary from 3Gbps to 20Gbps, as operators deploy different amounts of New Radio (NR) spectrum and advanced RAN features.
  • By 2025, 62 percent of backhaul connections are predicted to be based on microwave globally, when excluding the fiber-dense countries China, South Korea and Japan.
  • With ever-increasing capacity demands it becomes more important to differentiate the availability of the backhaul. Our simulations show that availability can be relaxed in capacity-demanding services like video without negative impact on user Quality of Experience.
  • E-band and Multi-band booster solutions are well positioned as future-proof wireless backhaul technologies when the traffic loads increase in 5G and beyond.
  • A hot topic in backhaul spectrum is how we will use 6GHz in the future.
Estimated 5G capacity needs until 2025

Estimated 5G capacity needs until 2025

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