Industry's First Single Box Multi-Band Radio Platform for 5G Transport Applications

Aviat Networks, an expert in wireless transport solutions, has announced the release of the WTM 4800 E-band and multi-band radio platform for 5G transport applications. WTM 4800 multi-band is the industry's first and only single box multi-band solution which lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) significantly compared to alternative multi-band solutions that rely on two, three and even four separate boxes. With this release, Aviat is proving its leadership position for high capacity, wireless transport solutions for 5G.

WTM 4800 is available in three (3) product versions:

  • 10 Gbps E-band: single-channel 80 GHz radio
  • 20 Gbps E-band: dual-channel 80 GHz radio
  • 10 Gbps Multi-band: single integrated multi-band radio includes single-channel 80 GHz and dual-channel microwave (6-42GHz) in one compact form factor

5G is all about mission-critical use cases such as autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, and industrial machine-to-machine communications, which makes reliability a critical requirement for 5G transport networks. Multi-band involves combining E-band (70-80GHz) with traditional microwave (6-42GHz) on a single microwave link, usually with a single antenna on each end. Multi-band drastically improves reliability and distance of E-band links and addresses other issues like pole sway and antenna alignment. With WTM 4800, Aviat now offers the industry's simplest and most integrated multi-band solution.

In addition, Aviat Design, Aviat's cloud-based path design tool, has been updated to support E-band and multi-band. Aviat Design is now the industry's only cloud-based multi-band link design solution allowing microwave planners to do see a combined, integrated view of availability and capacity for the complete multi-band link.

The multi-band variant simplifies fronthaul/backhaul sites by reducing current configurations of multiple radios, cables, and a coupler to a single integrated radio unit. Additionally, the multi-band link planning tool on AviatCloud simplifies radio link design and planning down to six clicks of a mouse.