Packet microwave 70/80 GHz radio cuts spectrum costs
Harmony Eband provides an enhanced option for mobile backhaul markets, that provides reach comparable to the 23-38 GHz band, higher capacity and a lower OPEX. It is also ideally suited for urban and small cell deployments, and comes equipped with multiple ports and a proprietary mechanical design for self-weatherization that simplifies installation and saves on deployment cost. With its integrated switch, the all-outdoor radio claims to provide the industry’s first uncompressed CPRI transport mode that enables wireless fronthaul.
“Clearly DragonWave has a strong understanding that as networks evolve, a range of solutions is needed to meet all contingencies,” said Richard Webb, directing analyst, wireless for Infonetics Research. “The Harmony Eband operating in the 70-80 GHz spectrum offers operators an opportunity to utilize a large and generally untapped and affordable source of spectrum, helping them lower their OPEX and giving them more options to build out the most efficient and well-planned networks for today and the future.”
Harmony Eband allows operators to tap into readily available spectrum that is generally available at a lower cost and more lightly licensed than lower frequency spectrum. Equipped with a number of features that increase spectral efficiency and that extend the radio’s reach, it also includes extensive networking capabilities compliant with the latest Carrier Ethernet standards.
Harmony Eband’s leading performance is demonstrated by operation up to 64 QAM to achieve throughput of 2.6 Gbps full duplex in 500 MHz mode. Spectral efficiency is further enhanced by DragonWave’s Bandwidth Accelerator+, which delivers capacity of up to 4 Gbps. Additionally, Harmony Eband features the DragonWave Reach Extender, leveraging Waveform and Modulation Adaptivity (WMA) and MIMO to extend the radio’s reach and deliver 3 to 7 km links with high availability. With an ultra-low delay mode and its CPRI interface, the radio also supports fronthaul applications.
According to the company Harmony Eband meets the capacity and latency requirements required to support fronthaul, macro backhaul and small cell aggregation, and is LTE synchronization ready.