Monday, April 5, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances 9500 Microwave Packet Radio

Alcatel-Lucent has enhanced its microwave packet radio portfolio for the North American market with additional features and support for additional frequency bands to better address the needs of mobile service providers. The microwave packet radios can be used to interconnect 2G, 3G and LTE cellular base stations between each other and the fiber metro network. At each hop they aggregate any type of traffic (TDM, ATM and Ethernet) and then transport it to a concentration point on the fiber metro network.

The new release of the Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) provides more flexibility in terms of radio frequency planning, support for longer range transmissions and increased efficiency to support service providers' transformation to all-IP, and the introduction of LTE mobile data services.

The 9500 MPR, which supports for both TDM and pure Ethernet base-stations, has now been extended to support ANSI frequency bands to include 10.5 and 11 GHz. The addition of the 10.5 and 11 GHz bands provides an efficient alternative to 6 GHz by relieving frequency congestion, enhancing overall network availability and reducing tower lease costs. Additionally, higher transmit power options are introduced into the 6 GHz band allowing the use of smaller antennas or longer path distances, significantly improving the flexibility of network designs for mobile operators. These features, coupled with the all-indoor design allow operators to deploy microwave backhaul with zero tower climbs for operation and maintenance.

Alcatel-Lucent also noted a number of other special features for its 9500 MPR, including service-driven adaptive modulation, DS1 and DS3 in packets via pseudo-wire/CES (circuit emulation services), multi-service aggregation, long haul full indoor transceivers, short haul split mount transceivers, and Ethernet synchronization distribution.

  • In April 2009, Alcatel-Lucent announced a global resale agreement to integrate multi-gigabit millimeter wave radios from BridgeWave into its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) transmission solutions. The agreement expanded the frequency range covered by the 9500 MPR for the high-frequency 60-90 GHz spectrum to provide customers up to 2.6 Gbps of capacity, sufficient to support the anticipated transport requirements for 2G, 3G and 4G networks.