Is traditional microwave dead? With the advent of Multi-Band, it could be. Why accept an old solution when you can have so much more by combining E-Band and traditional microwave into a single-box unit. Governments are taking action across the world to connect homes and businesses in rural areas to the rest of the world. From the 7-year action plan devised by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) $9.2 billion newly implemented Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, there is a worldwide focus on the connectedness of rural areas. As capacity demands increase rapidly for rural broadband networks, a better solution than a traditional microwave is needed.
Multi-band is the ideal solution because it takes advantage of a “sweet spot” in a way that microwaves cannot achieve. 90% of link distances from new deployments are less than 10 km in length. As represented in Figure 1, Multi-Band can achieve up to 10 Gbps in capacity more consistently at lengths less than 10 km compared to traditional microwaves.