Ericsson and Ooredoo Oman have joined forces to demonstrate the viability of microwave backhaul to provide multi-gigabit capacity for fixed and mobile networks.
Ooredoo Oman and Ericsson conducted the trials of a range of solutions that can deliver gigabit backhaul capacity, supported by the availability of new radio access spectrum- E-band (70/80GHz) spectrum.
The new Ericsson MINI-LINK 6352 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. 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.
Rafiah Ibrahim, head of region Middle East and East Africa, Ericsson, said: “Microwave backhaul will represent up to 20 percent of new deployments in 2020, with traditional bands accounting for 70 percent." She added: “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.”