Russian mobile operator MegaFon has awarded Ericsson a three-year contract to develop a new nationwide transport network, involving the supply of 5G-ready, multiple gigabit mobile transport solutions based on the MINI-LINK microwave platform ‘offering key advantages such as high capacity, efficient use of spectrum, low-energy consumption and simplified operations and maintenance’. Sebastian Tolstoy, head of Ericsson’s Russian 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.’
Key features of the MINI-LINK 6000 portfolio for 6GHz-38GHz include a high density of radio interfaces (up to 15 radio directions in 3RU), superior system gain enabling higher capacities, and longer hops or small antennas. MINI-LINK 6000 also supports modulations up to 16k QAM, large buffer sizes (up to 720MB) and up to 112MHz channels. MINI-LINK 6000 is used together with MINI-LINK 6363, ‘the world’s smallest high-power radio’, available in bands from 6GHz to 80GHz. Noteworthy features of MINI-LINK 6352 for E-Band (70GHz/80GHz) include 10Gbps capacity in a single carrier as well as multiple 10 GE interfaces.
According to Ericsson’s Microwave Outlook Report 2018, 40% of global backhaul connections are expected to be based on microwave by 2023.