Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ericsson's Microwave Backhaul Tops 2.5Gbps

Ericsson announced a new speed record for high-speed microwave backhaul -- 2.5Gbps. The 2.5Gbps connection uses the new 70-80GHz frequency band (E-band) to transport high levels of data on the air. Ericsson will release its first product in the 70-80GHz frequency band supporting 1Gbps during 2010.

Ericsson estimates that more than 60 percent of radio base stations are backhauled using microwave.

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."