All-Indoor Microwave: LTE’s Best Backhaul Solution for North American Operators

Eclipse Packet Node IRU600 all-indoor microwave radio

Aviat Networks’ Packet Node IRU600 is an example of an all-indoor microwave radio, which is one choice wireless operators should consider for implementations in North America.

There’s a lot of buzz in the microwave industry about the trend toward all-outdoor radios, but those who haven’t been through LTE deployments may be surprised to learn that based on our experience deploying LTE backhaul for some of the world’s largest LTE networks, all-indoor is actually the best radio architecture for LTE backhaul.

We can debate today’s LTE backhaul capacity requirements, but one thing we do know is that with new advances in LTE technology, the capacity needed is going to grow. This means that microwave radios installed for backhaul will likely have to be upgraded with more capacity over time. Although people are experimenting with compression techniques and very high QAM modulations and other capacity extension solutions, the most proven way to expand capacity is to add radio channels because it represents real usable bandwidth independent of packet sizes, traffic mix and the RF propagation environment.

All-indoor radios are more expensive initially in terms of capital expenditures, but they’re cheaper to expand and (as electronics are accessible without tower climb) are more easily serviced. While an outdoor radio connects to the antenna with Ethernet or coax cable, indoor radios usually need a more expensive waveguide to carry the RF signal from the radio to the antenna. So you pay more up front with an all-indoor radio but as the radio’s capacity grows you save money. There are several reasons.

When everything related to the radio is indoors, you just have a waveguide and an antenna up on the tower. To add radio channels with an all-indoor radio you go into the cabinet and add an RF unit. With an outdoor radio, you have to climb the tower, which can cost as much as $10,000. Also, when you add a new outdoor RF unit you may have to swap out the antenna for a larger one due to extra losses incurred by having to combine radio channels on tower….(read the full story at RCR Wireless).

Gary Croke
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Aviat Networks

Markets

Aviat is pioneering wireless solutions across diverse industries, driven by customer challenges. Explore Now
$
Mobile Operators
$
WISPs
$
Public Safety
$
Government
$
Utilities
$
Oil & Gas
$
Mining
$
Transportation

Products

Aviat's products offer unique, tailored solutions, ensuring optimal performance and cost-effective network design. Explore Now
$
All-Outdoor Radio
$
Microwave Indoor Units
$
Microwave Routers
$
Split-Mount Radio
$
All-Indoor Radio
$
Microwave Trunking
$

Virtual Fiber PTP/PMP 

$
Private LTE
$
Network Management

Hosted Softare

Aviat's hosted software streamlines network management, ensuring efficient, accessible, and reliable solutions. Explore Now
$
Aviat Design
$
AviatCloud
$
Frequency Assurance Software
$
Health Assurance Software

Services

Aviat offers tailored services optimizing wireless infrastructure, from project management to continuous support Explore Now
$
Project Services
$
Managed Services
$
Support

Explore Company

Aviat Networks delivers reliable wireless transport solutions, backed by 70 years of expertise and a strong focus on customer satisfaction. Explore Now
$
About Aviat
$
Compliance
$
Responsible Sourcings
$
Leadership
$
Careers

Resources

Aviat's Resource Center offers a comprehensive collection of insights and tools to support your wireless transport needs Explore Now
$
Blog
$
Webinars
$
Collateral

Investors

Aviat Networks, Inc. is the leading expert in wireless transport solutions and works to provide dependable products, services and support to its customers. Explore Now
$
Overview
$
Press Releases
$
Events & Presentations
$
Financial Information
$
Stock Information
$
Investor Resources

Contact Aviat

Contact Aviat for network solutions, sales, support, and global locations. Explore Now
$
Discuss My Network
$
Schedule a Demo
$
Request a Quote
$
Request Customer Pin
$
Get Tech Support
$
Request an RMA
$
Upgrade / Buy License Key
$
Become Aviat Certified
$
Customer Training