Russia's mobile operator MegaFon as awarded Ericsson a three-year contract to develop a new nationwide transport network. It involves the supply of 5G-ready, multiple gigabit mobile transport solutions based on the MINI-LINK microwave platform. This offers key advantages such as high capacity, efficient spectrum usage and simplified operations and maintenance.
Key features of the MINI-LINK 6000 portfolio for 6GHz-38GHz includes a high density of radio interfaces. In some cases, this could be up to 15 radio directions in 3RU. Aside from this, you get superior system gain enabling higher capacities and longer hops or small antennas.
The MINI-LINK 6000 also supports modulations up to 16k QAM, large buffer sizes and up to 112MHz channels. It is used together with the MINI-LINK 6363, which is the world's smallest high-power radio. This is available in bands from 6GHz to 80GHz. Noteworthy features of the MINI-LINK 6352 for E-Band (70GHz/80GHz) include 10Gbps capacity in a single carrier as well as 10 GE interfaces.
Sebastian Tolstoy, head of Ericsson's Russia division said "This deal means that MegaFon is building the infrastructure for its future 5G network allowing it to create and offer completely new services to customers and businesses."
According to Ericsson's Microwave Outlook Report in 2018, 40 per cent of global backhaul connections are expected to be based on microwave by 2023.