When faced with an ever-increasing network capacity demand for backhaul and last-mile access, some Regional Service Providers (RSPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) tend to consider a traditional fiber-based approach.
However, this type of solution poses multiple challenges from both an operational and business perspective:
- Cost — a fiber-based solution is costly in terms of CAPEX and OPEX
- Time — permitting, right-of-way, installation, etc. – all of these things negatively impact time-to-market and competitiveness
- Feasibility — a fiber-based deployment is not always feasible, resulting in limited service coverage and diminished QoS
Achieving “fiber-like” network capacity with wireless transmission
RSPs and ISPs that overlook wireless transmission solutions when striving to answer the need for a greater-than-1Gbps connection are ruling out solutions that offer major operational and financial benefits, including scalability, reduced cost, accelerated time-to-market and reliability.
Until recently, existing wireless connectivity solutions such as millimeterwave (mmW) and microwave (MW) fell short in capacity and reach (mmW can only be used for short distances and MW is limited in capacity due the limited availability of spectrum). The news is good however! With advancements in 4x4 Line-of-Sight (LoS) - Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology, today’s MW solutions are able to overcome the spectrum availability limitation and avoid the time-consuming process of frequency coordination.
Boosting network capacity with LoS-MIMO technology
4x4 LoS-MIMO technology revolutionizes wireless transmission in terms of network capacity and spectral efficiency —providing 2Gbps of radio capacity over a single 60MHz channel (or 1Gbps over a single 30MHz channel).
Ideal for medium and long distance connectivity, this technology provides four times the capacity over the given spectrum, reduces costs, and offers higher immunity to noise and interference.