MegaFon taps NEC for ultra-compact microwave radio system in Russia

NEC subsidiary NEC Neva is deploying its microwave radio system for MegaFon in Siberia.

This marks the first time the iPASOLINK EX has been deployed in Russia. The systems, which feature CPRI interfaces, operate in a lightly-licensed frequency range of 71 to 86GHz and are capable of providing data transmission speeds up to 3Gb/s. The deployment will help MegaFon to accelerate the deployment of 3G and LTE networks.

iPASOLINK EX is an all-outdoor compact radio unit with E-band microwave spectrum, providing high network capacities and low licensing costs in comparison with other radio solutions. The CPRI interface allows the system to be used to transmit wireless traffic in the cloud RAN (C-RAN). Therefore, it is possible to virtualise data processing that provides dynamic redistribution of network resources as well as contributes to lower expenditure on infrastructure support, particularly for rental and electric power costs.

"The first iPASOLINK EX with CPRI interface systems were successfully deployed and tested on the MegaFon network in Novosibirsk. We are confident that the open interface of new stations will help us accelerate LTE network construction, especially in conditions of dense city structures, where it is often difficult to bring a cable and to provide connections with fixed base stations," said Alexander Saltanov, Director on Infrastructure of Siberian branch, PJSC MegaFon.

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