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Fixed Wireless in the 5G Era

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Actionable Benefits

  • Helps operators optimize their backhaul roll-outs by providing a comprehensive analysis on (1) the significant impact that 5G will have on backhaul networks and (2) how backhaul networks would need to evolve to cater to the data throughput and latency requirements of 5G.
  • Informs operators on the spectrum trends of both microwave and millimeter wave frequencies. The spectrum analysis outlines the regulatory and technical limitations of the current backhaul spectrum environment and identifies higher spectrum bands (e.g. E-, W- and D-Bands) that can cope with the significant increases in backhaul capacity required to support 5G.
  • Provides an in-depth assessment on spectrally efficient backhaul technologies that can assist operators in maximizing their spectrum assets and how they can leverage these technologies to augment their backhaul networks for 5G.

Critical Questions Answered

  • What are the dominant trends for backhaul network topologies and backhaul spectrum deployments for 5G?
  • What are the steps required for operators and regulators to adapt to the bandwidth demands of 5G backhaul networks?
  • How can operators quantify the growing relevance of microwave backhaul in the 5G era?
  • What are the advantages of microwave backhaul over fixed wireline in rural deployments?

Research Highlights

  • Analysis on the spectrum congestion, technical properties and regulatory limitations of the Sub-6 GHz and traditional microwave frequency bands (between 6 GHz to 56 GHz). The analysis then explores the viabilities of using the V-, E-, W- and D-Bands for 5G backhaul.
  • Forecasts that aim to illuminate the growing relevance of 5G backhaul and migration trends of backhaul spectrum between 2020 to 2026. This includes the microwave backhaul link forecast, mobile subscriptions forecast, and an outlook on global data traffic by technical generation.
  • Updates on notable backhaul equipment vendor developments and recommendations for operators on how to leverage latest technological innovation and navigate the evolving regulatory environment for backhaul spectrum.

Who Should Read This?

  • Decision makers for Communication Service Providers that are looking for direction on enhancing their backhaul network capabilities for 5G.
  • Representatives from spectrum regulatory bodies that seek more context on the backhaul spectrum needs of operators.
  • Network engineers seeking guidance on technological and spectrum trends of backhaul networks for 5G.

Table of Contents

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

2. OVERVIEW

3. 5G IMPACT ON WIRELESS BACKHAUL

3.1. Additional Spectrum Needs
3.2. Network Requirements
3.3. Summary

4. SPECTRUM TRENDS AND ANALYSIS FOR 5G BACKHAUL

4.1. Spectrum Backhaul Forecast
4.2. Sub-6 GHz
4.3. Microwave-Band (6 GHz to 56 GHz)
4.4. V-Band (57 GHz to 70 GHz)
4.5. E-Band (71 GHz to 86 Ghz)
4.6. W-Band (92 GHz to 114 GHz) and D-Band (130 GHz to 175 GHz)
4.7. Summary

5. WIRELESS BACKHAUL TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS

5.1. Microwave Backhaul Links Forecast
5.2. Cross Polarization Interference Cancelling (XPIC)
5.3. Band and Carrier Aggregation (BCA)
5.4. Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB)
5.5. Network Topology Trends
5.6. Summary

6. VENDOR PROFILES

6.1. Overview
6.2. Aviat Networks
6.3. Cambridge Communication Systems
6.4. CommScope
6.5. Ericsson
6.6. Huawei
6.7. Juniper Networks
6.8. Nokia

7. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OPERATORS

7.1. Leveraging the Latest Innovation
7.2. Regulatory Considerations