Siklu (News - Alert) is at the forefront of millimeter wave advances that reduce radio, deployment, and operational costs. UK Broadband, touted to be the nation's largest provider of 4G mobile services and fixed wireless solutions, has been taking advantage of this by utilizing Siklu 70-80 GHz E-band millimeter wave equipment not only in its customer wireless solutions, but also to backhaul London small cell traffic.
Siklu EtherHaul network uses a combination of macro and small cells, with fiber as the primary backhaul medium and microwave backhaul to connect the macro cell sites and the fiber drop points.
As UK Broadband continues to expand the 4G network, it intends to use EtherHaul across all street light column sites where there is both line of sight (LoS) and a transmission distance less than one kilometer, standard microwave links not being an option due to their bulky dish size and weight.
With its gigabit wireless backhaul solutions being built over 70-80 GHz E-band and 60 GHz millimeter waves, at the lowest cost in the industry, Siklu’s EtherHaul systems appear ideal for LTE (News - Alert) macro and small cell backhaul, fiber extension and business service delivery.
In addition, the EtherHaul system features low power requirements, a small dish size and unique all-silicon design, reducing the price and operating costs, minimizing form factor and increasing reliability, all while delivering the necessary capacity for the backhaul traffic.
With mobile broadband data growing at exponential rates, it is not possible for a single layer of macro cells to support throughputs. By deploying small cells on street lamps, street lights, electric poles and building sides, there will be enough capacity to support 4G and LTE rollouts and beyond. Siklu’s palm-sized all-outdoor small cell backhaul product allows rapid deployment anywhere, and further bolsters macro cell backhaul.
UK Broadband has been using both the TDD and FDD versions of EtherHaul, taking advantage of each one’s strengths in different backhaul scenarios.
As EtherHaul delivers on all fronts, including capacity, performance, stability, installation speed, and cost, it is apparent why UK Broadband showed no hesitation in utilizing Siklu for its backhaul needs.
Edited by Adam Brandt