You would have to be hiding under a rock to miss the increasing excitement – mixed with confusion – about what will be happening next in wireless backhaul networks. New technologies like software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) promise to enable new capabilities while decreasing costs for wireless operators. They also are providing areas in the physical layer for innovation to the network infrastructure that will ultimately support 5G. One such area is microwave backhaul.
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Deployments of fiber cables for
backhaul will continue to grow, and that’s a strong business for
CommScope. However, microwave has always played a major role in backhaul
and most people in the industry agree it will continue. Microwave is
usually faster and cheaper to deploy. It is easier to troubleshoot and
easy to upgrade as technology improves, meaning it has excellent
flexibility if you need to make a change. It is already used in areas
where extremely low latency is required.
With the evolution to 5G, operators are densifying their networks, deploying small cells in
urban locations. These areas bring challenges for microwave backhaul
due to building and wireless congestion. One way that operators ensure
their microwave backhaul links are suitable here is to use licensed
frequency bands and radiation patterns with minimized side lobes. This
gives their microwave links the robust quality and higher data rates
CommScope has developed small flat panel antennas in licensed frequencies,
which also minimize the aesthetic impact in urban environments. Layer
123 was so impressed by them, they recently honored CommScope with a Network Transformation Award for the innovation. Network Transformation Awards recognize achievement
in advancing the industry, celebrate innovation founded on SDN and NFV,
and inspire determination for future progress.
Unlike any other
flat antennas on the market today, CommScope’s antennas have high
aperture efficiency (gain) and typically class 4 radiation patterns in
licensed frequency bands. They are available in sizes that can easily be
integrated into microwave radio packaging, meaning the antenna doesn’t
have to look so much like an antenna anymore.
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