High Radio Capacity with High Spectral Efficiency
UltraLink™-FX80’s 3 Gbit/s capacity on a single radio link is achieved by combining an industry-high spectral efficiency (using 256-QAM modulation) with bandwidth acceleration in a 500 MHz-wide channel. High spectral efficiency enables the use of narrow channels. These Narrower channels also increase the number of available channel options, which allows for denser link deployments through the reduction of frequency reuse and facilitation of planning for interference management and mitigation.
High System Gain & Advanced Range Enhancement Schemes
Adopting a new generation of RF transceiver technology, the FX80 boasts the highest transmit power and receiver sensitivity available today. Offering system gain over 100 dB (without antenna), and over 200 dB with antennas, it pushes the range capability of E-Band radios to new highs. UltraLink™’s fast 7-level hitless adaptive modulation and coding can provide seamless system gain and capacity trade-off to enable highest capacity for most of the time and continuous link operation under adverse propagation conditions.
Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery or CPRI Transport in One Unit
The same radio unit can be configured to operate in Ethernet Bridging or CPRI transport mode for providing transparent CPRI fronthaul. UltraLink™-FX80 incorporates a fully-featured, 3 x GbE Provider Bridge (IEEE 802.1ad), which offers flexibility in delivering MEF standards-based Carrier Ethernet services over complex network topologies, such as tree or ring, deployed without the need for additional switching devices. This allows faster and easier deployments that are more manageable and cost-efficient. Furthermore, UltraLink™-FX80 supports a CPRI transmission mode up to CPRI Option 3. When operating in this mode, UltraLink™-FX80 can support a native CPRI traffic stream and provide operators the cost-efficient fronthaul transport needed to extend the reach of their C-RAN network wherever fiber is not available and wherever fiber deployment is financially prohibitive. Importantly, UltraLink™-FX80 software-upgradeability offers the flexibility to support the evolution of fronthaul protocols from packet-based encapsulation over Ethernet to the next generation standards in the future.
Standards-based Service & Link OAM Support
Support of service OAM, based on the IEEE 802.1ag and Y.1731 standards, and Link OAM, based on the IEEE 802.3ah standard, means that UltraLink™-FX80 is capable to offer Carrier-grade Ethernet OAM features, enabling operators to provide manageable L2 end-to-end services to their customers.
Compact, Flexible Solution with Innovative Deployment Automations UltraLink™-FX80 can be offered as a standalone, extremely-lightweight, zero-footprint and all-outdoor system, with maximum powering flexibility (direct AC, direct DC or PoE). Direct AC power feed without external devices enables more cost-effective, faster and more reliable deployments even at street-level environments.
Links are easily deployed with small form-factor ODUs (292 mm x 292 mm x 134 mm), which weigh no more than 5.2 kg k(with embedded flat antenna included), thus minimizing the size and cost requirements for the supporting infrastructure. Options with 30 cm or 60 cm parabolic antennas are also available.
Apart from all the usual methods (by Ethernet cable connection), UltraLink™-FX80 also offers deployment expediency by featuring “zero-touch” configuration and service provisioning through an integrated Bluetooth interface by employing a standard Android tablet