Ericsson and Ooredoo Oman have demonstrate the viability of microwave backhaul to provide multi-gigabit capacity for fixed and mobile networks. The two companies trialled a range of solutions capable of delivering gigabit backhaul capacity, supported by the availability of new radio access spectrum.
E-band (70-80GHz) spectrum is sees as the key to supporting microwave and meeting increased capacity requirements for both backhaul and fronthaul. The new Ericsson MINI-LINK 6352 radio was successfully trialed, providing 5.7Gbps over one carrier.
Four carriers in traditional frequency bands and narrower channels were bonded together to provide 1.6Gbps. According to the two companies, the success of the trial proves the capability of microwave to address growing data traffic demands and support operators in offering superior mobile broadband experiences to their customers.
Wolfgang Wemhoff, chief technology officer, Ooredoo Oman, said: "Ooredoo is constantly working toward responding to changes in customer needs and providing them with the products, services and offers they want, through both mobile and fixed offerings.
“Our partnership with Ericsson allows us to inspire and innovate to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and businesses in all sectors across the Sultanate of Oman."
Rafiah Ibrahim, President and Head of Region Middle East and East Africa, Ericsson, said: "Our collaboration with Ooredoo Oman showcases the benefits of microwave backhaul for operators around the region. It also empowers Ooredoo Oman to pave the way for innovative traffic management solutions."