Small 70-80 GHz radio for small cell and macrocell backhaul

April 28, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The Aviat WTM 3300 radio claims to be the smallest and lightest 70-80 GHz radio on the market.

It redefines the urban backhaul market because it is purpose-built for deployment in newly "densified" city environments where traditional microwave and typical 70-80 GHz radios cannot be installed due to large, highly visible parabolic antennas.

Aviat Networks has already reached agreements with and made initial shipments of WTM 3300 radios to a mobile operator customer in Central Europe, a mobile operator customer in Western Europe and to an existing full-line telecom customer in South America.

The visual aesthetic impact on residents of neighborhoods where the radio is installed will be minimized due to the WTM 3300's small form-factor. This makes the radio a truly "community friendly" backhaul radio perfectly suited for installation on lightpoles, sides of buildings and other locations that must adhere to strict city regulations and zoning ordinances.

"The Aviat WTM 3300 70-80 GHz radio offers up to 1 Gbps capacity, which makes it ideal for meeting the requirements of even the most stringent urban application," says Ola Gustafsson, Aviat Networks' senior vice president, product and services portfolio management. "WTM 3300 supports this high throughput at one-fifth the weight and one-half the power requirements of traditional all-outdoor Ethernet microwave radios."

With WTM 3300, operators no longer have to purchase separate antennas, eliminating a configuration step and shortening the equipment's installation period. This also contributes to the radio's lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in comparison to other 70-80 GHz radios.

Designed for both small cell and macrocell wireless backhaul markets as well as enterprise broadband connectivity, WTM 3300 meets the cost, compact form-factor and capacity requirements for new, densified urban backhaul environments.