5G Backhaul

5G microwave radio backhauling readiness

5g1stIn 2018 SIAE MICROELETTRONICA has been measured against these points by a global mobile operator and ranked number 1 for “5G Readiness” among all the other microwave radio supplier.




In the vision of 5G deployment for a “hyper-connected” network, operators are targeting a blend of new and existing technologies to allow unprecedented coverage and availability. In the definition of 5G requirements, among the different capabilities (as shown in the figure, expressed by IMT-2020 - ITU-R M.2083-0) we found defining elements that could be transposed to the underlying transport network. These can be used to characterize the transport network of the future. Operators have identified four macro groups: Network Functions; Platform Completeness; Product Performances; Software Defined Solution.





As the mobile network progresses and expands it border to go from mobile services to include mission critical, low latency services, machine to machine and more, the transport network also needs to evolve and support ever more articulated architectures. The defining characteristic identified are:

  • Integrated IP/MPLS protocol (read more)
  • Y1731 including Microwave Adaptive Bandwidth (read more)
  • Time synchronization

 SIAE MICROELETTRONICA has demonstrated these capabilities at EANTC Interoperability Showcase 2017 (read Press Release)



With the implementation of more articulated architectures, coverage densification and 5G high capacity delivery at each basestation the need of a purpose built portfolio becomes important to cover in the most effective way all applications, both in terms of product slution as well as obtained perfomances.


  • Indoor Unit of split mount radios are becoming more and more sophisticated integrating all required network functionalities driving down the need of hardware at each site making it even more compelling as cost effectiveness.
  • Full Outdoor solution adoption is growing especially in standard frequency dual core implementations and in millimetric E-band solution for high capacity links.
  • High capacity nodal solution for any mix of Full-Outdoor and IF ODUs as junction-nodes between fibre metro network and wireless backhaul network.
  • Dual Band Link Aggregation to maximize capacity and distance enabling 5G high capacity to base station site exceeding the urban distance.
  • While in terms of performances capacity, system gain and power consumption are the three driving aspects defining the competitive positioning.

SIAE MICROELETTRONICA offers a complete purpose build portfolio for all applications maximising performances in each application, all based on a common architecture built over a common operating system and core unit. (view portfolio, read more about SM-OS)




Software defined network (SDN) is a new network architectural model that bring the promise of fast integration, end to end vision across technology and network management simplicity. On top it enables the opportunity to operate multivendor applications for better network operations and automation fast forwarding any transport optimization process.

The defining characteristic identified are:

SIAE MICROELETTRONICA, chairman at the ONF of the wireless transport group driving the yang model definition for microwave radio, has participated and successfully completed all the proof of concept driving the SDN innovation and adoption of the model. (read more about our SDN implementation)




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