Microwave_Backhaul_courseTechnology is allowing wireless backhaul to maintain its position as a competitive alternative to fiber in mobile radio access networks (RANs). Short deployment times, reliability and flexibility are now complemented by spectrum efficiency improvements and the introduction of scalable IP/Ethernet radio, adaptive modulation and cross-polar interference cancellers. Additional frequency spectrum in the millimeter wave bands is also available. This enables short range multi-gigabit transmission from wider channels using robust low-level modulations.

The associated antenna systems are also undergoing significant evolution. Engineers have made important developments benefiting the operators. These improvements enable them to manage valuable spectrum more efficiently by achieving higher system capacity, greater reliability and reduced capital and operational costs

With all this, it is no surprise that a deep understanding of all things microwave backhaul from an infrastructure perspective is vital. The CommScope Infrastructure Academy’s SP6180 Microwave Radio Antenna Site Planning course helps keep the industry abreast of the continuing improvements in backhaul antenna systems, technology and fundamentals.

It is important to understand the technology behind the enhancements that are contributing to the economic and performance viability of advanced wireless backhaul networks today and into the foreseeable future.

Antenna technology has evolved, providing solutions compatible with the next generation of backhaul radios while ensuring lower total cost of ownership. Specifically, new designs have addressed the requirements for:

  • Enhancing Spectrum Efficiency: meeting stringent top level ETSI and FCC regulatory specifications
  • Reducing antenna associated tower leasing costs
  • Reducing transportation footprint
  • Tailoring  interfaces to customer radios

The SP6180 Microwave Radio Antenna Site Planning course looks at microwave theory, choice of radio and towers, selecting the right antenna and their effect on network performance, transmission of signals and path planning steps; which includes investigating any potential problems with terrain, geographical and manmade features.

Isn’t it time you learn proper planning for successful microwave backhaul deployment?

About the Author

James Donovan

James Donovan is Vice President of the CommScope Infrastructure Academy. James joined CommScope in 1993 and has held positions in Sales, Technical, Marketing, Training and Business Development and served most recently as VP of Digital and Creative Services for CommScope. James oversees the CommScope Infrastructure Academy, which is CommScope’s partner and customer training platform. Prior to joining the company, he held positions at GEC, ITT and Alcatel. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and a BSc Honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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