Microwave link capacity

Mike Hammett nanog at ics-il.net
Tue Apr 5 02:24:41 UTC 2016

A lot of new gear is gigabit. The current price\performance leader is SIAE's ALFOPlus2. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 

Midwest Internet Exchange 

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From: "Jean-Francois Mezei" <jfmezei_nanog at vaxination.ca> 
To: Nanog at nanog.org 
Sent: Monday, April 4, 2016 12:28:41 PM 
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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