Mobile network operators worldwide are deploying 5G technology at existing and new locations, while at the same time continuing to support and leverage their existing investments in 2G/3G/4G/4G+ technology. At the same time Fixed service network operators/ISPs, often supported by governmental initiatives, are in a process of upgrading and expanding their access networks to achieve the vision of ubiquitous Gigabit service offering. Key to the successful implementation of these plans is the existence of a high quality, high capacity transport network to link the access nodes with the core network. While optical fibre is considered the primary means of high speed data interconnection, it is in many cases not available or too slow/expensive to deploy.
Gigabit capacity wireless transport technologies offer unique deployment flexibility/speed and cost advantages over optical fibre deployment. They provide performance and functionality characteristics that fully satisfy the transport requirements of data communication networks today and in the future. E-Band (71-76 / 81-86 GHz) radio technology offers compact hardware configurations with multi-Gigabit link capacities and favorable spectrum licensing costs. It has already established itself, with mobile and fixed network operators around the world, as a wireless technology that can fully meet the transport requirements of Mobile networks, as well as, fixed service Carrier Ethernet access and aggregation networks.
UltraLink™-GX80 is a state-of-the-art, high system gain, all-outdoor E-Band radio that is ideally suited for use in demanding transport applications requiring fiber-like capacity up to 20Gbit/s. It supports native Carrier Ethernet functionality and eCPRI/CPRI transport capability on the same unit and can be used in backhaul/midhaul and fronthaul applications of existing generations of Mobile Radio Access Networks. In particular, its ultra-high capacity, low latency and support for advanced packet synchronization methods, fully satisfy the rigorous transport requirements of 4G+ and 5G mobile networks. UltraLink™-GX80's leading system gain can offer the most stable/extended range E-Band wireless links and its combination with lower carrier frequency microwave radios can further extend applicable link ranges. UltraLink™-GX80's small size and convenient fully outdoor design allows it to be easily and quickly deployed on rooftops or telecommunication towers while requiring minimal space and ancillary infrastructure.
UltraLink™-GX80 offers a number of highly-valued features, which are elaborated below:
UltraLink™-GX80 is based on state-of-the art RF transceiver technology capable of providing high transmit power and receiver sensitivity. Combined with INTRACOM TELECOM's advanced modem technology it offers the highest system gain at 10Gbit/s currently in the E-Band market. For 10Gbps @ 128QAM / 2000MHz the gain exceeds 70dB, (not including antenna gain). Operation at 10Gbit/s has been demonstrated in the field for a link distances exceeding 13Km. The system gain advantage of UltraLink-GX80 is present also at the other channel sizes and modulation formats supported. UltraLink™-GX80's fast up to 9-level hitless adaptive modulation and coding can provide seamless system gain and capacity trade-off to enable highest capacity for most of the link operational time and continuous link operation under adverse propagation conditions. Additionally, UltraLink™-GX80 can be seamlessly combined with one or two OmniBAS™ microwave (6 GHz to 38GHz) radios in Dual Band configuration (Radio Link Aggregation) to further enhance the link's reach / availability.
UltraLink™-GX80 is offering 10 Gbit/s capacity on a single 1+0 radio link achieved by combining an industry-high spectral efficiency using up to 512-QAM modulation in a 1,500 MHz-wide channel and up to 256QAM for a 2000MHz-wide channel. Furthermore, 1024-QAM is supported for channel sizes from 125 to 500MHz and 512QAM is supported for channel sizes from 750 to 1500MHz maximizing the spectral efficiency of the radio, enabling the use of smaller frequency channels to deliver a particular capacity.
UltraLink™-GX80 can offer up to 20 Gbit/s capacity, through a single antenna, via fully outdoor 2+0 XPIC configuration using a single 1500MHz channel and 256QAM modulation. XPIC doubles spectral efficiency as it allows the doubling of link capacity for a particular channel size.
Use of smaller channels to achieve a particular capacity increases the number of available channel options in dense deployment planning scenarios, reducing frequency reuse and facilitating interference management and mitigation. Use of smaller channels also can also incur reduced license fees in countries where such E-Band channel pricing is applicable.
The same UltraLink™-GX80 radio unit can be configured to operate in Ethernet Bridging or CPRI transport mode for providing transparent CPRI fronthaul. UltraLink™-GX80 incorporates a fully-featured, Provider Bridge (IEEE 802.1ad), which offers flexibility in delivering MEF standards-based Carrier Ethernet services over complex network topologies, such as tree or ring, deployed without the need for additional switching devices. This allows faster and easier deployments that are more manageable and cost-efficient.
Furthermore, UltraLink™-GX80 supports a CPRI transmission mode up to CPRI Option 7. When operating in this mode, UltraLink™-GX80 can support up to three CPRI traffic streams and provide operators the cost-efficient fronthaul transport needed to extend the reach of their C-RAN network, wherever fiber is not available and wherever fiber deployment is financially prohibitive.
UltraLink™-GX80 offers the flexibility to support the next generation of fronthaul protocols based on Radio over Ethernet (RoE), such as eCPRI. Support of eCPRI, the evolution of CPRI protocol, is offered by UltraLink™-GX80's Ethernet mode of operation according to IEEE 802.1CM profile A.
Support of service OAM, based on the IEEE 802.1ag and Y.1731 standards, and Link OAM, based on the IEEE 802.3ah standard, means that UltraLink™-GX80 is capable to offer carrier-grade Ethernet OAM features, enabling operators to provide manageable L2 end-to-end services to their customers.
UltraLink™-GX80 offers per-service QoS treatment of the transported traffic based on L1, L2 and L3 classifiers. Strict Priority (SP), Weighted Round Robin (WRR), Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ) and Hybrid SP+WRR/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. Color-aware WRED is applied as means to gracefully manage potential queue congestion. Furthermore, ingress policing and egress shaping are applied to the incoming / outgoing service flows, allowing the definition and conformance of services to the desired characteristics. Hierarchical QoS is applied at the egress on a per queue and service level allowing the more effective, fine-grained QoS treatment of traffic.
Being an advanced packet radio, which is designed for mobile network transport applications, UltraLink™-GX80 supports a full range a packet frequency and phase/time synchronization methods. Its 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 (T-BC) / (ITU-T 8275.1 profile) functionality is supported for the delivery of frequency and phase synchronization deemed necessary in case Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) signals are unavailable.
The Radio Link Quality Monitoring (RLQM) tool functionality is embedded in the UltraLink™-GX80 radio element. It monitors the propagation channel dynamics and identifies possible radio channel related problems. It helps determine link degradation causes such as: rain, pole structural instability, radio interference, etc. It allows to remotely and quickly identify and verify the cause of a link quality problem without onsite support staff presence or additional measurement equipment, improving the network manageability and availability by expediting the detection and resolution of a link quality problem. Thus, it increases the overall network quality and services availability and reduces the network operating costs and lost service revenues.
The Radio Link Quality Monitoring tool offers the following functionality:
The spectrum analyzer and frequency band auto-scanning features can further assist in the cause analysis as well as prove very useful at the link commissioning phase for the identification of interference from other active links. This feature can be combined with the appropriate uniMS™ add-on module to enable network wide monitoring of the radio quality conditions of the installed links.
UltraLink™-GX80 is a compact all-outdoor system that does not require IF cables or proprietary IDUs to deliver connectivity over the air. The UltraLink™-GX80 radio can connect directly to any client Base station / switch / router over standard Ethernet interface (or CPRI interface for C-RAN fronthauling) via SF|UTP and/or Optical Fibre Cables. As such, it minimizes the installation infrastructure/space requirements. Therefore links can be easily and quickly deployed benefiting the overall cost of installation.
Large organizations with multi-building connectivity needs such as corporations in the manufacturing sector or services / logistics sector, utilities & mining industries, public sector & governmental, higher education & health institutions, can deploy UltraLink™-GX80 to: