Fix and Mobile networks are converging offering a full set of services to the final user. Networks are evolving and new technologies are becoming available to improve capacity, reliability and address new applications. Backhauling is becoming more articulated thanks to higher network capillarity, full outdoor solutions are more and more adopted including the millimetre wave technologies. Networking and interworking is more critical than ever.
Industry and Public Sector (IPS) networks are undergoing a strong evolution with the introduction of IP networks. many legacy networks and technology are giving way to the flexibility of IP and Ethernet solutions. Furthermore the a higher cost efficiency is allowing for better and newer networks to be deployed, as well as new industry and private networks to start their own infrastructure.
With the packet transformation, the microwave network-elements are active nodes in the end-to-end solution. As network intelligence is becoming distributed throughout the network elements, a higher awareness of each network element and of the behaviour of the network is fundamental to improve the network performances. Microwave Adaptive Bandwidth improves the packet network performances, with a unique interworking between packet microwave and IP routers.
A new business model is appearing at the horizon. This offers major changes to the advantage of a highly flexible network solution, where services will be set up and made live with unparalleled speed. Boosting time to service and revenue generation for the operators as never before. Although this model will impact transport only in a long while, product readiness are already at hand.
The need of free spectrum is just as important to microwave radio as for radio access technologies. Being spectrum a finite resource an efficient use of it may prove just as important as the technology strategy put in place to address customer needs. Multi-Carrier Link Aggregation allows to “join” different spectrum portions as if adjacent to each other even if these reside in different frequency bands, maximising spectrum utilization as well as benefitting of high bandwidth.
LTE-Advanced introduces new key features to mitigate interferences, maximize radio performances and boost user capacity. All of these features have specific requirements that are reflected into the backhauling network. The introduction of MPLS layer3 microwave radio systems provide a good solution for backhauling and the enablement of these new features.