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Huawei Releases the Industry's First 5G Microwave White Paper

Mar 05, 2019

[Barcelona, Spain, March 5, 2019] At MWC 2019, Huawei released the industry's first 5G Microwave White Paper. To cope with 5G network challenges, this white paper analyzes 5G service requirements in detail and points out that 5G microwave requires ultra-large bandwidth, ultra-high spectral efficiency, and network automation. This provides a useful approach for the development of 5G backhaul networks.

Fiber layout is time-consuming and very expensive, more microwave links are in need to alleviate fiber dependency. To achieve this goal, 5G microwave needs to provide a bandwidth of 10Gbps or even higher to meet 5G backhaul capacity requirements. At the same time, the number of 5G sites will increase dramatically and network O&M will become much more complex, this calls for 5G microwave to provide automation capabilities to reduce network O&M difficulties as well.

Considering these requirements, Huawei proposes that 5G microwave design must comply with the "ultra-broadband", "high efficiency", and "automation" concepts.

Ultra-broadband

High efficiency

Automation

During still on-going LTE network construction, operators should consider network evolution capability towards to 5G network as well as the current need, a future proved solution sure can protect the current investment. Therefore, in addition to the preceding three aspects, ultra high capacity, ultra high spectrum efficiency and automation, 5G microwave needs to be capable of smooth evolution towards to 5G network as well with reduced site visits and tower climbing times during network upgrade. In other words, Microwave link bandwidth can be improved to 5G backhaul capable level without extra tower space and tower load.

In 5G era, 5G sites don't need to rely on fibers, 5G microwave can be used to quickly and cost-effectively build 5G sites thanks to the fiber-like capacity and latency.

For more information, click the following link to download the complete 5G Microwave White Paper.