Nokia has announced the successful completion of a trial with Algerian mobile operator Djezzy (opens in new tab), using microwave ‘anyhaul (opens in new tab)’ carrier aggregation to support increased demand for capacity.
A major challenge for mobile network operators has been how to extend existing 4G LTE and 5G connections into areas where a physical, fiber or copper connection isn’t feasible. One way to do this is to use microwave technology, which can create a point-to-point connection, capable of multi-gigabit speeds.
The Djezzy trial used Nokia’s Wavence (opens in new tab) microwave transport product, with an ultra-high capacity of 8.5Gbps, and reaching distances of nearly six kilometers. With its reduced latency and high capacity, the solution will allow Djezzy to deliver new services to its 14.2 million subscribers.
“This trial demonstrates how carrier aggregation technology can be utilized to support the ever increasing demands for data, particularly at a time when connectivity is so crucial,” said Giuseppe Targia, VP MN Transport Business Unit, Mobile Networks at Nokia. “We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Djezzy on this project and will continue to work with it hand-in-hand to deliver innovative microwave solutions that support its business targets.”
Microwave anyhaul is a way to transport data to the core network when fiber is not an option. It uses an air-interface to send radio signals (up to 170 GHz), and enables the transmission of data over long distances at ultra-high speeds, whilst supporting network slicing for handling the new demands of 5G.
“This is an important trial that delivers ultra-high capacity granting Djezzy a solid solution for mobile backhaul,” said Eric Bourland, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Djezzy Algeria. “We believe this fast deployment of microwave carrier aggregation will help us achieve our goal of boosting enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB). It also allows us to improve our network capacity in order to meet the growing mobile traffic demand in Algeria.”
An increasing need for capacity means that operators need to reevaluate the technology they use to deliver services, especially as they prepare to upgrade to 5G, which isn’t just about speed, but also low latency. And by embracing aggregation, different technologies can be combined to meet the bandwidth demands of an increasingly voracious mobile audience.