Mobile data traffic is expanding faster than the waistline of Joey Chestnut during a hot dog eating contest. The latest estimates indicate that mobile data will grow at a CAGR of 78 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to a Cisco (News - Alert) study. Handling this data explosion requires new topologies such as micro and picocells to deal with the data needs.
Enter millimeter wave solutions operating in the 60-80 GHz spectrum band.
Millimeter wave solutions offer from 50 to 100 times more user capacity than what is currently available, according to Cellular-News, which paves the way for the spectrum providing a new avenue for data growth both of 4G LTE (News - Alert) and the next generation of cellular data transfer. As regulators open millimeter wave spectrum and radio costs continue to decrease through vendor innovation, millimeter wave solutions look to play a key role in the near future.
“Millimeter wave communications are the next frontier of the wireless age,” according to Ted Rappaport, an internationally known wireless expert and New York University professor, currently launching the world’s first academic research center combining wireless communications with computing and medical applications.
This past July, Rappaport received an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, and a $1.2 million matching grant from corporate backers, for work on Millimeter wave technology and the next generation of wireless communication.
“Early equipment is already on the market,” noted Rappaport, “and major corporations are investing substantially in the technology.”
BridgeWave (News - Alert) Communications, which supplies high-capacity 4G backhaul and gigabit wireless connectivity solutions, has seen the usefulness of millimeter wave when it comes to mobile data traffic.
“Our partners have found,” noted Evan Evangelinos, managing director for BridgeWave Europe, that “millimeter radios are easy to deploy and provide the capacity needed to handle bandwidth-intensive applications in a variety of vertical markets.”
Millimeter wave solutions in the 60-80 GHz spectrum are ideal for next generation base station interconnect and can cost effectively handle these demands in both the macrocell and smallcell networks.
Those interested in learning more about high capacity millimeter wave solutions for 4G LTE can watch a webinar on the topic that was hosted by 4GWE/TMCNet and BridgeWave Communications earlier this week.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman