BridgeWave Introduces 80 GHz Millimeter Wave Radio Systems

BridgeWave Communications has introduced the Flex4G-5000 80 GHz ANSI and ETSI millimeter wave radio systems. The ANSI system delivers up to 5.35 Gbps full duplex capacity per radio, and is scalable to 10.7 Gbps in a 2+0 configuration; the ETSI system delivers 4.7 Gbps full duplex throughput per radio and scales to 9.4 Gbps in a 2+0 configuration. These ultra-high capacity systems feature increased system gain to ensure highest throughput at the longest distances available in the market. They offer operators an alternative to fiber in dense urban areas, and provide public and private network operators with a backhaul system that quickly scales to meet future capacity requirements.

The all outdoor Flex4G-5000, which is already shipping to U.S. customers, alleviates the strain of backhaul connections by combining advanced radio and modem capabilities with carrier-grade 10G Ethernet, CPRI, and SONET/SDH features at the lowest total cost of ownership. The radio system supports highly integrated RF and spectrally efficient signal processing techniques to provide for the longest link distances, while maintaining multi-gigabit speeds and offering carrier grade features. Further enabling future-proof transport, Flex4G-5000 allows operators to flexibly provision links across multiple network topologies including mixing Ethernet, CPRI, and SONET/SDH traffic.

Key Features Include:

  • 5.35 Gbps data rate (ANSI) per 1+0 radio, 10.7 Gbps per 2+0; 4.7 Gbps data rate (ETSI) per 1+0 radio, 9.4 Gbps per 2+0
  • 10 Gbps Ethernet interface
  • Radio link aggregation to combine capacity from multiple radios to a single Ethernet cable, simplifying operational logistics and reducing costs
  • Adaptive Code Modulation to 64QAM ANSI or 256QAM ETSI
  • 1000/1250 MHz ANSI or 250/500/750 MHz ETSI
  • Highest bit/Hz spectral efficiency at the longest link distances
  • Outstanding RF performance benefiting from highly integrated architecture
  • LDPC FEC providing threshold improvement over other FEC technologies
  • RF channel tuning across the entire 70/80 GHz band in 250 MHz steps
  • Automatic Transmit Power Control
  • Low power consumption and Power-over-Ethernet Optional
  • Optional 256-bit AES encryption

The new Flex4G-5000 radio systems can be deployed for use in a wide range of applications:

  • Fiber extension/replacement - the last mile gap between the fiber backbone and commercial buildings not accessible by fiber, whether a fiber ring or a hop across the street. Much less costly than laying new fiber.
  • 3G/4G backhaul - multi-gigabit links that allow operators to “future proof” their 4G/LTE backhaul networks and allow seamless transition to 5G.
  • Lease line replacement - eliminate recurring monthly leased line costs.
  • Redundancy - fiber-quality wireless backup to fiber for mission-critical data.
  • Disaster recovery - networks that need to be deployed quickly without fiber dependency, eliminating wait time for approvals, permits, etc.
  • Shared networks - ultra-high capacity hops shared among two or more network operators.

BridgeWave Communications offers a broad portfolio of backhaul solutions including licensed 6 to 38 GHz microwave systems; license-free 60 GHz millimeter wave systems; and lightly-licensed 80 GHz millimeter wave systems, including the new Flex4G-5000. These systems have been designed specifically to meet the backhaul needs of carriers, enterprises, and ISP customer networks worldwide. Click here for more information about Flex4G-5000.