Mobile and fixed broadband network operators, ISPs and other non-telco businesses (enterprises, utilities, Industrial and governmental organizations), are today in need of cost-effective and future-proof high-capacity transport systems that are easy to deploy and operate.
Mobile broadband networks are undergoing a continuous transformation in terms of technology and architecture. Network capacity and density increase dramatically, while different architectural RAN options, such as Centralised RAN, emerge as a means of increasing the network co-ordination and efficiency. Mobile Broadband network operators need to cope with higher capacity, multi-technology (GSM, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-A, etc.) Base Stations deployed in the ever-increasing density macro-cell layer and in the near future, in an ultra-dense small-cell layer.
Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) backhaul in the cities will consist of a large number of short and medium-range links having capacity of a few hundred Mbit/s and in the medium term exceeding in many cases 1 Gbit/s. Cascading three or more sites, or combining them in a ring, will yield traffic capacities of several Gbit/s.
UltraLink™-FX80 is a compact, all-outdoor multi-Gigabit Ethernet PtP radio platform, operating in the entire bandwidth-rich E-Band area of the spectrum (71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz). Exploiting an advanced and highly-integrated design, rich Carrier Ethernet networking features and the truly-wideband channels available in the E-Band, UltraLink™-FX80 ideally satisfies the service requirements for relatively short-to-medium range, high-capacity connectivity applications, while achieving the lowest TCO with respect to traditional microwave (MW) - or even wireline - technologies.
Typical applications for UltraLink™-FX80 include backhaul, midhaul, fronthaul and aggregation in dense urban areas, xDSL backhaul, university campus LANs, construction site, shipping port area communications systems, storage connection backup, Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul and fiber backup links to name a few.
When combined with traditional MW systems, UltraLink™-FX80 offers significant benefits to 3G/4G/4G+ wireless backhaul networks in terms of enhanced and future-proof performance. UltraLink™-FX80 can leverage Intracom Telecom's OmniBAS™ MW packet radio line (comprising flexible aggregation IDUs) in combined deployments, particularly in dense urban areas. uni|MS™ feature-rich and all-in-one management suite provides the operator with a unified, single-view management screen that greatly simplifies network OAM. uni|MS™ offers add-on modules for SON automation functionality, enabling zero-touch configuration and optimization capabilities.
UltraLink™ offers a number of highly-valued features, which are elaborated below:
UltraLink™-FX80's 3 Gbit/s capacity on a single radio link is achieved by combining an industry-high spectral efficiency (using 256-QAM modulation) with Bandwidth acceleration in a 500 MHz-wide channel. High spectral efficiency enables the use of narrow channels, which incur significantly-reduced license fees in countries where fees are applicable. Narrower channels also increase the number of available channel options, which allows for denser link deployments through the reduction of frequency reuse and facilitation of planning for interference management and mitigation.
UltraLink™-FX80's link adaptivity features and robust Forward Error Correction coding scheme enable high link robustness and allow the deployment of high availability links with small form-factor antennas that respect the city environment. Intelligent combination of state-of-the-art LDPC and Reed-Solomon FEC schemes maximizes sensitivity at a minimum cost to transport efficiency. Furthermore, the fast 7-level Hitless Adaptive Modulation and Coding can provide a 28 dB system gain improvement to enable continuous link operation under adverse precipitation conditions.
UltraLink™-FX80 incorporates a fully-featured, 3 GbE-port Provider Bridge (IEEE 802.1ad), which offers flexibility in delivering MEF standards-based Carrier Ethernet services - ranging from EPL and EVPL to ELAN - over complex network topologies, such as chain or tree, deployed without the need for external switching devices. This allows faster and easier deployments that are more manageable and cost-efficient.
Furthermore, UltraLink™-FX80 supports a dedicated CPRI transmission mode. CPRI transport is achieved by using an appropriate CPRI SFP+ module in the available SFP port on the radio unit and setting the unit to the CPRI transport mode (Ethernet Bridging disabled). Therefore, the same unit can be configured to operate in Ethernet Bridging mode or CPRI transport mode for providing transparent CPRI fronthaul.
Support of service OAM, based on the IEEE 802.1ag and Y.1731 standards, and Link OAM, based on IEEE 802.1ah standard, means that UltraLink™-FX80 is capable to offer Carrier-grade Ethernet OAM features, enabling operators to provide manageable L2 end-to-end services to their customers.
UltraLink™-FX80 offers per-service QoS treatment of the transported traffic based on L1, L2 and L3 classifiers. Strict priority (SP), Weighted Round Robin (WRR), Hybrid SP+WRR, and WFQ scheduling schemes are cleverly applied to eight CoS / queues to enable the most suitable prioritization treatment for management and control plane traffic, while supporting revenue generating service differentiation and assured critical service delivery for user plane traffic.
Being an advanced packet radio, which is designed for mobile network backhaul applications, UltraLink™-FX80 supports a full range a packet synchronization methods. Its Gigabit Ethernet interfaces support standards-based Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) frequency synchronization distribution, as well as, the associated ESMC signaling channel. Furthermore, Precision Timing Protocol (IEEE 1588v2) Transparent Clock and Boundary Clock functionality is supported in hardware for the delivery of frequency and phase synchronization deemed necessary in locations where GPS / GLONASS signals are hard to reach (such as covered / street-level deployments).
UltraLink™-FX80 can be offered as a standalone extremely-lightweight, zero-footprint and all-outdoor system, with maximum powering flexibility (Direct AC, DC or PoE). Direct AC power feed without external devices enables more cost effective, faster and more reliable deployments even at street-level environments.
Links are easily deployed with small form-factor ODUs (292 mm x 292 mm x 134 mm), which weigh no more than 3.5 kg (with embedded flat antenna included) thus minimizing the size and cost requirements for the supporting infrastructure. Options with 30 cm or 60 cm parabolic antennas are also available.
Apart from all the usual methods (by Ethernet cable connection), UltraLink™-FX80 also offers deployment expediency by featuring "zero-touch" configuration and service provisioning through an integrated Bluetooth interface by employing a standard Android tablet.
Wherever high-capacity Ethernet connectivity, over a short to medium range is required, UltraLink™-FX80 provides the lowest-cost, technically-complete solution for a myriad of connectivity applications and a variety of organizations.
Electricity, water and other utility companies can deploy UltraLink™-FX80 in their plants, distribution stations and office locations to:
Port authorities can deploy UltraLink™-FX80 to satisfy connectivity needs among:
UltraLink™-FX80 can be used to interconnect public buildings in municipal areas and cities. City halls, police headquarters, hospitals, schools and other buildings can converge on the same high-speed network infrastructure to enhance governance efficacy and efficiency.
University campuses and hospitals with multi-building sites can take advantage of UltraLink™-FX80 to cost-effectively and rapidly deploy high-bandwidth links to:
Large businesses with multi-building plants, storage depots or office facilities expanding in large areas, can deploy UltraLink™-FX80 to enable Gigabit LAN connectivity for enhancing their transaction automation, control, productivity and security.
The UltraLink™-FX80 is a compact all-outdoor Point-to-Point (PtP) Ethernet radio operating in the entire 70/80 GHz frequency band (E-Band).