Thursday, 27 January 2022

Microwave backhaul rising to the challenge of 5G

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Monday 01 November 21

We spoke to Yang Xi, President of Huawei's microwave product line, at this year’s Mobile Broadband Forum event about the ongoing evolution of microwave backhaul solutions and what the future holds for this technology as demand increases

 In 2021, 5G is now already well established across much of the world, bringing with it many challenges when it comes to backhaul, not least the greatly increased capacity requirements and device density. Thankfully, microwave backhaul is already proving itself the ideal solution for meeting these challenges in a variety of scenarios and markets around the world.  Indeed, microwave backhaul is currently a mainstay for 4G and 5G backhaul services in many markets and this is unlikely to change any time soon. In fact, the GSMA expects mobile broadband to remain the preferred solution Europe, S&SE Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean regions moving forward to 2025, despite an increasing predicted uptake of fibre and even satellite backhaul in these areas. North America and Northeast Asia are somewhat outliers here, currently having a significantly higher reliance on fibre backhaul for existing macro and small cell sites…

 In 2021, 5G is now already well established across much of the world, bringing with it many challenges when it comes to backhaul, not least the greatly increased capacity requirements and device density. Thankfully, microwave backhaul is already proving itself the ideal solution for meeting these challenges in a variety of scenarios and markets around the world.  Indeed, microwave backhaul is currently a mainstay for 4G and 5G backhaul services in many markets and this is unlikely to change any time soon. In fact, the GSMA expects mobile broadband to remain the preferred solution Europe, S&SE Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean regions moving forward to 2025, despite an increasing predicted uptake of fibre and even satellite backhaul in these areas. North America and Northeast Asia are somewhat outliers here, currently having a significantly higher reliance on fibre backhaul for existing macro and small cell sites…

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