Strained network capacity
EBlink’s wireless Fronthaul enables mobile operator to turn existing sites into Local C-RAN, boosting network coverage and capacity.
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EBlink’s wireless fronthaul technology does more than just facilitate network deployment and macro site construction.
It also extends coverage and capacity of existing sites by allowing the deployment of remote sectors on adjacent roof-tops and other smaller sites (utility poles, light poles, etc.).
EBlink’s system is the only one today that ensures communication between the baseband unit (BBU) and up to three macro sectors.
EBlink’s solution leverages operators’ existing macro networks by allowing new types of sites to expand capacity. This paves the way for new network architectures because every macro site can now become a mini cloud RAN, with high-capacity centralized processing and distributed radios interfaced with EBlink’s wireless fronthaul solution.
Additional macro sectors
EBlink’s wireless fronthaul technology offers mobile operators a cost-effective and flexible solution.
The system’s unmatched flexibility in locating remote sectors anywhere within reach of a base station site makes it possible to adjust for buildings or other obstacles – even across the street – that mask the radio signal.
Micro sectors & small cells
EBlink’s wireless fronthaul technology is also well-suited for micro sectors and small cells deployment.
Mobile operators can easily and cost-effectively install mini-RRH in urban areas that are hooked to baseband and backhaul resources (for instance at surrounding macro sites), avoiding the burden of getting authorization to deploy fiber connection across streets and inside buildings.
EBlink’s wireless fronthaul solution is suitable for non-distributed and distributed architecture, in particular for cloud RAN deployments.
Right of way sites
Installing remote radios on utility or light poles is a cost-effective way of enhancing coverage and expanding capacity.
Operators are constantly looking for ways to improve their service and accomodate the fast growing demand for wireless data and internet created by the soaring use of smartphones and tablets.
EBlink’s wireless fronthaul technology can be integrated into utility and light poles, offering an easy way for operators to bring coverage and capacity along roads, near parks and in residential areas, as a complement to their macro sites.
With wireless use at an all-time high, and mobile consumers expecting “always on, always fast, everywhere, all the time” services, carriers are under pressure to provide optimum coverage, especially in high traffic areas such as campuses.
Indoor coverage can be facilited by connecting to an indoor DAS.
Densely packed areas
The challenge is universal: all across the World people are relying on their smartphones at every moment, consuming wireless bandwidth even in densely packed areas.
EBlink offers a solution to the resulting capacity crunch.
Adding capacity with permanent or temporary sites becomes as easy as finding a power source and pointing the compact wireless fronthaul module towards a central site.
This cost-effective solution leverages the existing cellular infrastructure by reusing all the facilities of current cell sites.
Temporary cell sites
Operators frequently need to build temporary cell sites for special civic, sports or cultural events that create a short-term spike in traffic, as well as for large-scale construction projects or even in the aftermath of natural disasters.
In each case, operators must find temporary sites to ensure reliable service for users.
Natural disasters and other emergencies require rapid installation of temporary facilities (such as mobile “cell-on-wheels” sites) to restore service to the impacted areasAlso operators often need to temporarily replace existing cell sites or change their antenna locations to perform maintenance such as roof waterproofing, restoration or other building work.
These examples aren’t exhaustive; carriers are continually faced with new situations requiring the installation of non-permanent sites. Thanks to the physical separation between the baseband unit and antenna, EBlink’s wireless fronthaul solutions provide a flexibility and ease of implementation that make them ideal for the rapid deployment of all sorts of temporary sites.
Wireless fronthaul C-RAN enabler
- EBlink: bridging the missing link
- Reaching the last mile
- Lower TCO
- Greater flexibility
- Quicker deployment
- Seamless evolution towards a more centralized architecure
The potential offered by C-RAN architecture is huge.
Not only these network architectures deliver better radio efficiency but they also generate substantial CAPEX and OPEX savings for mobile operators.
Leading mobile operators have been using distributed network architectures for several years already, installing remote radio heads connected by fiber to centralized data centers hosting baseband pooling.
Unfortunately, fiber rarely reaches every potential cellular site, preventing cost-effective implementation of C-RAN architecture.
EBlink’s wireless fronthaul technology addresses the last few hundred meters where fiber is not available, removing one of the main obstacles to C-RAN adoption in many markets.
A key benefits of EBlink’s wireless fronthaul solution is its suitability for both traditional macro network architecture (remote macro sector extension, small cells hooked to existing macro sites that act as mini-Cloud RAN) and full scale C-RAN architecture. This technology offers mobile operators a risk-free migration from today’s network topology to architectures of the future.