Microwave backhaul to become essential in 5G networks where fiber can’t reach a site.
When 5G architects converse on backhaul, most of the talk is about using fiber to connect a site to the network. But what about site locations which are hard to reach? A wireless microwave link provides a compelling solution. It’s also an alternative worth considering if operators find it hard to justify the cost of running a fiber connection to the site. Even though fiber is better-suited to take on the additional capacity of sites, microwave backhaul is a near-perfect option in certain scenarios.
In this article for Knect365’s Telecoms, Media & Technology, Leonida Macciotta, responsible for Huawei’s worldwide microwave marketing, discusses the role and benefits of using microwave in 5G networks. In particular, Leonida addresses the capacity challenge and shows how a 10 Gbps radio link can bridge distances of around 10 kilometers by combining microwave transmissions in the low band (6 to 40 GHz) with the high band (80 GHz).