AL brings fresh microwave thinking to hetnets

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Alcatel-Lucent has boosted its range of microwave backhaul devices, adding new products which it said would save operators power and costs.

The vendor said the new products would aid the deployment of LTE hetnets, mixing macro and small cells in urban areas in order to overcome problems with coverage.

It launched three new microwave packet radio units this morning. A-L said the 9500 MPR Microwave Services Switch-Outdoor product boosts link capacity and increases the reliability of small cell backhaul networks. The 9500 MPR Microwave Packet Transceiver-Sub6 can be used for non-line of sight small cell deployments in urban areas.

Finally, the 9500 MPR Microwave Packet Transceiver-Gigabit Services unit provides wireless backhaul at the 60GHz and 80GHz frequencies.

Francois Allain, General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Transmission business said: “As announced in the Shift Plan last year, we are continuing to innovate as a company as well as focusing on industry collaboration to help our customers. We want to further our leadership in this space, and by extending our packet microwave portfolio and industry leading mobile backhaul solution we can meet the needs of many more customers.”

Emmy Johnson, Principal Analyst at Sky Light Research, added: ”Alcatel-Lucent is delivering additional flexibility to an already impressive portfolio of mobile backhaul solutions by introducing a full outdoor aggregation unit with carrier class networking features that meets the backhaul needs of both macro and small cell sites.

"This, along with the joint offerings from their industry partnerships, will help streamline the backhaul and reduce costs for the growing number of operators wanting to provide ubiquitous mobile broadband coverage to their customers.”

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