Microwave Wireless Backhaul

What is a Microwave Wireless Backhaul?

A microwave wireless backhaul is also known as fixed backhaul, wireless backhaul, point to point link (PtP Line) or Bridge. A wireless backhaul is mainly used for last mile connectivity, eg: connection to cell towers, large remote facilities, between corporate buildings, and even towns. These links are highly secure, can be redundant and offer up to 99.999% reliability.

What type of Microwave Backhauls are there?

There are 2 types: Licensed and Unlicensed

Unlicensed Wireless Backhaul

The most common wireless backhaul, known as a wireless Ethernet bridge, operate in the unlicensed wireless (license-exempt) 900MHz, 2.4GHz, 5.4GHz, 5.8GHz, 24GHz, and 60GHz frequencies of the RF spectrum. These radio platforms are exempt from CRTC licensing requirements. This means the system operator does not have to apply for and purchase a fixed microwave link license from the CRTC. These systems, although quick to deploy, do not promise exclusive use of the band and are susceptible to potential interference.

Unlicensed wireless backhaul platforms can go distances up to 50+ miles and provide data rates of 10Mbps to 300Mbps aggregate throughput. These systems can be deployed in outdoor wireless backhaul applications such as; Point to Point Wireless ("PtP"), Point to Multipoint Wireless ("PtMP"), and Wireless Mesh configurations. 

Unlicensed wireless bands are also used for many indoor wireless communications systems (such as Wifi (802.11 b/g/a/n), cordless phones, monitors, RFID, handhelds, etc.) and are excellent for wireless surveillance IP camera networks.
To add capacity to any network, wireless backhaul technology using unlicensed wireless Ethernet bridge radios provides an inherently flexible and scalable alternative to fiber or leased lines. Most systems can be installed in a day or two. Best of all, unlicensed wireless technology has a typical payback (ROI) of less than 3 months

Don't Be Fooled & Throw Money Away!

There are many manufactures of unlicensed wireless backhaul technology, but there are clear distinctions between the vast brands and the true carrier class industry leaders. Switch recommends and works only with the best of breed products and wireless manufacturers with proven system quality and performance.

Licensed Microwave Links

Avoid Interference - Own Your Frequency!

Licensed microwave links, also known as fixed wireless backhaul, is becoming more popular as a result of noise interference in unlicensed spectrum, such as: 5.8GHz wireless Ethernet bridge systems. Licensed microwave wireless bridge radios provide security from the risk of wireless interference from other outdoor wireless bridge systems. Interference can degrade an outdoor wireless bridge system's performance and in some cases even prevent the system from functioning at all. Licensed microwave link systems can be engineered to provide predictable reliability of 99.999% uptime.

Interference Free Operations = Greater Reliability & Higher Security

Licensed microwave wireless bridge systems operate within parts of the radio spectrum (900MHz, 2GHz, 3.65GHz, 4.9GHz, 6GHz, 11GHz, 18GHz, 23GHz, and 80GHz) designated by the CRTC. To operate a licensed microwave wireless backhaul radio system one must apply for a license from the CRTC. Licensed operators are permitted exclusive use of part of the band over an assigned geographic area. Licensed microwave wireless Ethernet bridges can go distances up to 50+ miles and provide data rates of 10Mbps full duplex to GigE Full Duplex (gigabit wireless).
Obtaining a CRTC license is now a simple, quick, and affordable process. Switch provides a complete value added service by handling the entire licensing process. Most licensed microwave licenses can be obtained in less than 3 weeks.

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