Microwave link capacity

Tyler Applebaum applebaumt at ochin.org
Mon Apr 4 18:09:00 UTC 2016

DragonWave is one of the bigger players in the game offering 1gbps+ throughput.


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From: NANOG [mailto:nanog-bounces at nanog.org] On Behalf Of Jean-Francois Mezei
Sent: Monday, April 4, 2016 10:29 AM
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Subject: Microwave link capacity

In a context of providing rural communities with modern broadband.

Reading some tells me that Microwave links can be raised to 1gbps. How common is that ?

I assume that cell phone towers have modern microwave links (when not directly on fibre). What sort of capacity would typically be provided ?

And in the case of a remote village/town served by microwave originally designed to handle just phone calls, how difficult/expensive is it to upgrade to 1gbps or higher capacity ? Just a change of radio ? or radio and antenna, keeping only the tower ?

(keeping spectrum acquisition out of discussion as that is a whole other ball game).
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