What is IP/MPLS microwave?

IP/MPLS microwave integrates routing capability into microwave devices. With integrated IP/MPLS microwave solutions from Aviat Networks, operators can save costs, improve network performance, simply operations, and enable new services.

Benefits of IP/MPLS microwave technology

Save money – fewer boxes to buy, deploy, maintain

Improve network performance – less latency from fewer devices, layer 3 awareness into microwave (AMA – adaptive media awareness)

Enable new services – deliver new enterprise and government services from single converged network infrastructure

Contact us if you need more information on our IP/MPLS microwave solutions

The industry’s first purpose-built microwave router

» More on Aviat’s microwave routers


Introducing new services and enabling converged transport networks are two of the main reasons operators, state/local agencies and utilites, are introducing IP/MPLS into their networks.

Download our white papers to find out more:

From Basic Cell Site to Integrated Service Delivery Hub

The case for Layer 3 Intelligence at the Mobile Cell Site

What are operators are saying about IP/MPLS?

Heavy Reading surveyed 85 mobile operators regarding the need for L3 in the access and a converged microwave router product.


Download the survey results

Adaptive Media Awareness (AMA)

AMA enables L2/L3 protocols to be aware of the state of the underlying transport network (in real time). This has potential to drastically improve the performance and reliability of microwave-based transport networks.

Download our white papers below to find out more:

Adaptive Media Awareness: Improving Microwave Performance

Ed Gubbins

Senior Analyst, Wireless Infrastructure, Current Analysis

In developing economies, mobile operators are often the primary providers of broadband services to businesses. Having integrated IP/MPLS capabilities can help simplify an operator's delivery of those services as well as its supply-chain relationships, allowing it to meet customers' needs more quickly.

Patrick Donegan

Senior analyst, Heavy Reading

As they drive new generations of high capacity microwave into the backhaul for 3G and LTE, L2 will not be sufficient for the long term needs of many mobile operators. In a recent Heavy Reading survey of mobile operators using microwave backhaul, we found that 42 percent of mobile operators believe that L3 is 'very likely' to be needed in the access layer of the backhaul within three years.

Juan Andres Guzman Barrios

Chief of Area Connectivity and Transmission Engineering, Entel Chile

As a router, CTR 8540 will enable a range of new IP and VPN services for our mobile backhaul and enterprise applications. Unlike other microwave radios that require adding an expensive, separate IP/MPLS router, CTR 8540 is the only product we found that integrates the microwave radio and IP routing features we need. As the incumbent carrier in Chile, Entel places importance on reducing the number of devices we provision at each cell site to save space and money. CTR does that for us by combining these two functions in one solution.

Subscribe to our newsletter