MegaFon to deploy microwave transport solution

MegaFon, one of Russia’s largest operators, has chosen Ericsson to develop a new nationwide transport network for 5G services.

As part of the 3-year contract, Ericsson will supply mobile transport solutions based on the MINI-LINK platform offering key advantages such as high capacity, efficient use of spectrum, low-energy consumption and simplified operations and maintenance.

Frederic Vanoosthuyze, Chief Technology and IT Officer (CTIO) at Megaton said, “MegaFon pays great attention to the implementation of the most promising technical solutions and the readiness of all elements of the company’s infrastructure to launch a new standard of mobile communication, setting the direction of development in the industry. The transport network is one of the key elements that determine the level of service for our customers, where we constantly test and pilot innovative technologies, together with partners like Ericsson.”

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson in Russia said, “This deal means that MegaFon is building the infrastructure for its future 5G network. In close partnership with Ericsson, MegaFon will develop and deploy its breakthrough network with a new level of capacity, speed, and quality – allowing it to create and offer completely new services to customers and businesses.”

Ericsson has invested continuously in its microwave technology, adding 5G-ready microwave products to its market-leading MINI-LINK portfolio. Key features of the MINI-LINK 6000 portfolio for 6-38 GHz include a high density of radio interfaces (up to 15 radio directions in 3RU), superior system gain enabling higher capacities, and longer hops or small antennas. MINI-LINK 6000 also supports modulations up to 16k QAM, large buffer sizes (up to 720 MB) and up to 112 MHz channels. MINI-LINK 6000 is used together with MINI-LINK 6363, the world’s smallest high-power radio, available in bands from 6 to 80 GHz.




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