Demand for backhaul capacity continues to rise as consumers get accustomed to using more data and video services with their mobile devices. Deployments of 4th-generation LTE mobile networks are poised to boost that demand even further and promise to deliver customers a wireline experience in their wireless networks.
Microwave enjoys significant advantages over fiber for 4G backhaul. Superior flexibility, durability and quicker time to deployment lead to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and faster time to revenue. Even where fiber is already deployed, microwave is the option of choice to protect the fiber against loss-of-service scenarios as it can handle critical traffic while the fiber is down.
Microwave meets the demands of 2G, 3G, 3.5G and 4G networks today. Its capacity is already in the Gbps range and is growing rapidly. As LTE networks proliferate, we are experiencing a microwave surge, especially true in light of the deployment of small cells that require flexible backhaul technology.
Small Cell Hauling
As mobile operators look to small-cell deployment to extend capacity and coverage to meet the growing demand for data mobility, WDS can design and install small-cell backhaul solutions that work cost-effectively today and are remotely expandable to meet tomorrow’s needs.
The high-capacity, low-power consumption and small form-factor solutions address the many challenges of small cell deployment. Equipment can be mounted unobtrusively alongside small cells providing microwave backhaul capacity that eliminates cable deployment to reach small-cell aggregation points and already-installed macro cells.
Our point-to-multipoint solutions allow for groups of small cells to backhaul to a central hub even where line-of-site is not available.