Aviat extends multi-band link distance to 20 km for 5G

November 22, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Aviat extends multi-band link distance to 20 km for 5G
Latest MB-XD significantly lowers TCO by up to 90% per link when compared to fiber to support 5G and rural broadband applications.

Aviat Networks has unveiled the MB-XD, the latest enhancement to its WTM 4800 Multi-Band product line, extending the reach of 10 Gbps links over distances up to 20 km to support 5G and rural broadband applications.

To achieve comparable performance, competitive multi-band systems require up to four times the hardware, making them costly and impractical for tower deployments, leaving high-cost fiber the only option. Now with MB-XD, operators can significantly lower their TCO by up to 90%, when compared to fiber alternatives.

Aviat already offers the industry's only single box multi-band radio, supporting three channels for up to 10 km link distances. With this announcement, Aviat leverages its single box dual-channel E-band radio to create a unique multi-band product for ultra-long distance applications.

"We expect that wireless will remain key to connecting the world's macro- and small-cell base stations for years to come," said Jimmy Yu, Head of Microwave Transmission & Mobile Backhaul Market Research at Dell'Oro Group. "Extending multi-band radio links over longer distances will be increasingly important for network operators to avoid the high costs of fiber and to deliver higher capacities more economically than other wireless options that rely solely on traditional microwave bands.”

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