NEC launches ultra high capacity backhaul solution for HSPA+ and LTE

NEC Corporation has announced the launch of ePASOLINK, the new compact wireless transmission system that provides ultra high link throughputs of up to 2.5 Gbps in the E-band spectrum range of 70/80 GHz.

ePASOLINK enables mobile network operators to build a cost effective, IP-based mobile backhaul network that meets the high capacity data demands of mobile broadband technologies such as HSPA), WiMAX and the anticipated LTE.

The deployment of 4G mobile broadband networks will result in an ever rising capacity demand for backhaul. Tail links to cell sites are predicted to expand to several hundred Mbps in capacity, and network operators will increasingly use ring topologies with transmission throughputs exceeding 1Gbps in the aggregation portion of the backhaul.

Traditionally these capacity needs have been met with microwave and optical product solutions. By utilising millimetre wave frequencies, ePASOLINK addresses the market gap where sub-42GHz microwave spectrum becomes congested and the fibre optic alternative is too expensive to deploy efficiently. This is particularly the case in dense urban and suburban areas where operators often face intense competition in the expansion of 4G mobile broadband infrastructure.

ePASOLINK provides scalable transport of 2G, 3G, HSPA, WiMAX and LTE, in addition to its support for both Ethernet and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)/SONET (Synchronous Optical Networking) protocols with carrier-grade reliability. Advanced QoS capabilities ensure that operators can provide customers with SLA (Service Level Agreement) assurance and premium content delivery.

“NEC continues its close relationship with leading operators across the world and we are confident that ePASOLINK will be a key component of their strategic portfolio for the evolution of mobile backhaul,” said Hiroyasu Ishii, general manager of the Global Network Division at NEC.

“NEC continues to innovate and build on its history of quality and exceptional services that ensure our market leadership in mobile backhaul.”

ePASOLINK from NEC helps mobile operators to build and operate their backhaul networks with a low cost of ownership. ePASOLINK is supported by NEC’s widely adopted Network Management Systems, which facilitate easy integration with existing microwave infrastructure, such as PASOLINK, the microwave transport system market leader. ePASOLINK is an all-outdoor solution that helps lower installation and site rental costs in an all-IP backhaul network.

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