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.
EBlink’s FrontLink products offer mobile operators a cost effective and flexible solution to connect multi-carrier remote sectors to a BBU. The system’s unmatched flexibility and capacity makes it possible to place a sector remotely from the central site at optimal locations such as other buildings, or across a highway, river, or other obstacles. This solution avoids traditional RF problems such as shadowing or interference.
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 connected to baseband and backhaul resources (for instance at surrounding macro sites), avoiding the burden of getting authorization to deploy fiber connections 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 modules can be installed on 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
Mobile networks are evolving towards Centralized and Virtualized RAN (C-RAN and V-RAN) due to their lower costs, greater flexibility and scalability, and generally higher performances and efficiencies. These architectures require ultra-low latency, high speed fronthaul interfaces traditionally requiring the use of dark fiber to connect to the radio sites. EBlink’s FrontLink wireless fronthaul systems offer a cost effective and high performance alternative in cases where fiber is not practical or economical. As such, the FrontLink system are C-RAN enablers in many markets and uses cases, and can provide an elegant solution in the transition to C-RAN or V-RAN.