Wireless Backhaul is Not Dead Yet

By Stuart Little, Director of International Product Line Marketing, US

This Halloween, zombies aren’t the only thing coming to life. Evolutions in e-band and multi-band mean wireless will play a crucial role in the rollout of 5G.

5G is coming (and hopefully it won’t be accompanied by White Walkers) and will bring with it tremendous challenges for network operators, and no less critical will be backhaul, where needed capacities will grow from the hundreds of Megabits to multiple Gigabits. In their latest Microwave Outlook (from December 2017), Ericsson forecasts that by 2022 the typical backhaul requirement for a high-capacity radio site will be in the around 1 Gbps, increasing to as much as 5 Gbps towards 2025.

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WISPAPALOOZA: After the Show

The annual WISPAPALOOZA conference has come to an end, and a key takeaway from the show is the growth potential for WISPs. What started as a small conference with only a few booths has now grown to 2000+ attendees and 600+ exhibitors.

As much as the show is improving and space for the WISP business is expanding, the sentiment from a few small companies was that they still struggled with procurement issues from vendors. They received the products they needed but the time that it took and the poor service they received was still a complicated process, and in some cases, non-existent.

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A Realistic Look at Link Distances of 70-80GHz

There has been significant growth in backhaul products operating in millimeter frequency range recently. Being subject to rain attenuation, and because different environments can have different characteristic attenuations, careful and precise calculation of theoretical distances is critical. Continue reading