Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NEC to Leverage 60GHz Microwave for Small Cell Backhaul

NEC announced plans to leverage 60GHz radio as its key technology for the backhaul of small cells. The company's first field trials are expected later this year.

NEC cited license-free bandwidth availability at 60GHz and the uniquely high channel re-use characteristics of this spectrum as reasons for this strategic decision. The company believes 60GHz is ideally suited to deliver high capacity and low latency connections to hundreds of cell sites, which will be rapidly deployed in concentrated coverage areas of busy city squares and avenues. Furthermore, the choice of the zero-cost 60GHz spectrum allows the design of compact products, which can be easily installed and aesthetically concealed within a wide variety of urban environments. In addition, NEC has developed features for intelligent provisioning of backhaul resources and protection against performance degradations, resulting in improved capacity efficiency and elimination of costly manual maintenance and troubleshooting.

"NEC was one of the first companies to set the vision for small cell networks and today we follow this up by taking a pioneering role in small cell backhaul,�? said Dejan Bojic, senior product manager, Backhaul, NEC Corporation. “We complement the 60GHz wireless technology with intelligent network resource management to deliver the backhaul solution with performance and costs tailored to small cell deployment requirements. Our customers’ response has been enthusiastic and we are looking forward to field trials.

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