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Understanding the role of microwave radio in 5G transport

December 6, 2018

The move toward commercial 5G deployments, complemented by increasingly robust gigabit LTE networks, requires a massive investment in network densification. As mobile service providers augment the macro layer with a blanket of street-level small cells, capex associated with the radio access and core networks must be supported by a 5G transport network capable of providing the fronthaul and backhaul necessary to deliver an enhanced user experience.

When considering 5G transport, it’s important to remember that fiber isn’t the only option; microwave plays an important role in complementing an operator’s fiber footprint.

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