Microwave link capacity
tim at bobbroadband.com
Tue Apr 5 14:08:15 UTC 2016
Agree with Mike that WISPA is probably the place to get real world experience from people who make a living with microwave links.
We use primarily Dragonwave (in FCC part 101 frequencies: 11, 18, and 23GHz), which can get ~600-800Mbpas over the air, depending primarily on channel width and distance. For shorter links (~1 mile), we use Siklu 80GHz, which can do 1-2Gbps over the air.
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From: NANOG [mailto:nanog-bounces at nanog.org] On Behalf Of Mike Hammett
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2016 9:16 PM
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Subject: Re: Microwave link capacity
You might be better served with the lists over at wispa.org. Not saying the people here don't have the answers, but that's what those guys do.
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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
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