Mobile operator Etisalat Misr partnered with Huawei on a "Super Dual Band" microwave deployment in Egypt that demonstrated mobile backhaul throughput of more than 6 Gb/s.
Etisalat Misr , a subsidiary of Etisalat , was looking for a means to boost its mobile backhaul bandwidth to keep up with the proliferation of mobile broadband applications.
Tower in Alexandria, Egypt that is using the super dual band technology.
Traditional microwave transmission, which has been the go-to option on mobile backhaul networks for years, struggles to meet the demand of multi-Gigabit bandwidth at long distances.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. 's Super Dual Band bonds the traditional 6-42GHz frequency with E-band 71-86GHz. Super Dual Band combines the long-distance benefit of traditional frequencies with the large capacity advantage of E-Band in order to enable efficient multi-Gigabit transmissions. The end result achieved 6.19 Gb/s of throughput over a 3.37 kilometer link in the Alexandria region of Egypt.
"The growing capacity requirements for 3G and soon the LTE services raise high requirement for mobile backhaul solution in Egypt; we require innovative solutions on wireless backhaul technologies. The combination of E-Band and traditional microwave frequency spectrum is one of the good directions," said Khalid Murshed, CTO of Etisalat Misr.
— Mike Robuck, editor, Telco Transformation