MegaFon Taps NEC Microwave for LTE Cloud-RAN Fronthaul

MegaFon Taps NEC Microwave for LTE Cloud-RAN Fronthaul Image Credit: NEC

Russian mobile operator Megafon has selected NEC's iPASOLINK EX microwave radio system via its subsidiary, Neva Communications Systems, for its 4G LTE network. This marks its first commercial deployment of iPASOLINK with CPRI interfaces on its LTE network in Russia. 

According to NEC, iPASOLINK EX is an all-outdoor compact radio unit with E-band microwave spectrum that operates in a lightly-licensed frequency range of 71 to 86GHz and is capable of providing data transmission speeds up to 3Gb/s. Via the CPRI interface, the system can also be used to transmit wireless traffic in the cloud RAN (C-RAN). 

Alexander Saltanov, Director on Infrastructure of Siberian branch, PJSC MegaFon
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.

Akihiro Sakurai, Managing Director, CJSC NEC Neva Communications Systems
We are honored that MegaFon chose iPASOLINK EX for their LTE network. iPASOLINK EX is supporting ultra-high speed cloud RAN fronthaul up to 3Gbps. We consider this agreement as a recognition of iPASOLINK EX's superior technology and will continue to support MegaFon with our exceptional technologies.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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