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SIAE Microelettronica and Deutsche Telekom boost 5G backhaul capacity with long-reach E-band

SIAE Microelettronica and Deutsche Telekom Group, through its microwave competence centre located at Cosmote in Greece, have successfully carried out a field trial of  long-reach E-band solution in Greece. SIAE Microelettronica is one of the three selected wireless backhaul microwave radio suppliers of Deutsche Telekom (DT).

E-band radio is one of the fastest growing wireless backhaul technology segment, and many operators are turning to E-band to boost their current network infrastructure. SIAE Microelettronica long-reach solution boosts the link system gain to its maximum, allowing to extend significantly the distance of standard E-band links, and offering a much higher reliability and availability in current network applications.

The installed link based on the commercially available ALFOplus80HDX offers a 10Gbps capacity connectivity between two sites managed by the DT engineering team, for a distance of 5km. After the first 4 months of good and rough weather, the long-reach hop demonstrated its superiority over a standard link, achieving a carrier-grade link availability of an order of magnitude higher than a standard solution. Under adverse weather and propagation conditions during the proof of concept trial, the long-reach high system gain allowed for continuous operation.

“The evolution of millimetre wave backhaul solutions simultaneously offers high-capacity on longer distances, higher reliability and cost efficiency, being the key aspects to support enhanced 5G services” says Christian Hummel Tribe Leader of Transport Networks at Deutsche Telekom. “The trial results highlighted how long-reach e-band can play an important role in our wireless backhaul portfolio.  Based on the successful trial we expect cost efficient long reach EBand products showing up in the market, soon”.

“In European mobile networks a major part of the connections of the access base stations can be upgraded using Long Reach EBand. With this solution an operator could boost capacity especially on 5G wireless backhaul use cases said Claudio De Marco, Deutsche Telekom account manager in SIAE Microelettronica.

About SIAE Microelettronica
SIAE Microelettronica is a leader in wireless communication technology, offering to operators advanced solutions for microwave and millimetre-wave transport, services and design. SIAE Microelettronica designs and produces its own RF components liaising over in-house RF lab, clean-room facilities and complete product assembly with latest generation SMT smart-manufacturing facility.

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