Alcatel-Lucent unveils 9500 microwave packet radio long-haul system

A-L’s enhanced microwave packet radio portfolio is designed to offer an eight-fold increase in capacity in one-third of the footprint over long-distances, enabling operators to deliver high bandwidth services with lower costs

Alcatel-Lucent unveils 9500 microwave packet radio long-haul system

Alcatel-Lucent has made an addition to its portfolio of microwave transmission technology products with the launch of the ETSI-optimised 9500 microwave packet radio (MPR) long-haul system.

The 9500 MPR long-haul system delivers more than eight times the capacity in a third of the footprint of traditional systems. As a result, it addresses demand for high-bandwidth, long-haul connectivity for both traditional and IP-based services, including IP video and 4G LTE, in Europe and in other parts of the world.

As more people access high-bandwidth cloud, video and other data over mobile devices, service providers are shifting to IP-based networks to more effectively manage traffic. Faster speeds and smarter devices fuel further demand, placing greater pressure on microwave links. To remain competitive and offer new services, operators need to adopt optimised packet microwave systems that offer increased capacity and reliability while reducing maintenance and operations costs.

The new ETSI-optimized 9500 MPR long-haul system builds on Alcatel-Lucent’s 9500 MPR solution, which is currently deployed in over 235 networks around the world. Alcatel-Lucent packet microwave solutions augment IP/MPLS and optical transport networks by meeting demand for network connectivity where fibre is too difficult or costly to deploy. The 9500 MPR has become a mainstay of long-haul networks in the North America region and Alcatel-Lucent continues to lead this market, the company claimed.

Key facts

  • 9500 MPR long-haul system has been ETSI-optimised to meet deployment requirements in Europe and other parts of the world.
  • ETSI-optimised 9500 MPR long-haul system offers a smooth transition from TDM and hybrid microwave networks to satisfy increased demand for data by providing a path to 10 gigabit-per-second (10G) capacity between microwave towers.
  • Flexible configuration allows service providers to address deployment constraints even in the most remote sites.
  • 9500 MPR long-haul systems support Alcatel-Lucent’s ultra-broadband strategy, as it helps customers meet the growing demands for data across their networks.

Emmy Johnson, founder of Sky light Research, said: “This is an exciting launch and should help to strengthen Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position in the global long-haul microwave market. As service providers in Europe ramp-up their LTE network roll-outs, the ability to support much greater capacity in a smaller footprint will be key as it has a positive impact on site planning, costs and efficiency.”


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