Huaweihas signed an agreement with Orange Polska – Orange S.A.'s biggest subnetwork in Northeast Europe – for the supply of 2nd-generation E-Band microwave products over the next two years. As the largest mobile operator in Poland, Orange Polska provides a range of mobile services including GSM, UMTS, and WLAN services. The operator constantly develops mobile broadband services to improve average revenue per user (ARPU) and understands that mobile backhaul network construction is an important part of building core competence.
As microwave is one of the main mobile backhaul modes for Orange, Huawei is the IP microwave solution provider for Orange Polska and has cooperated with the company since 2011. At present, thousands of hops have been used on Orange Polska's networks.
With the operator’s mobile broadband services developing rapidly, it has faced challenges with expensive frequency resources for traditional microwave products and difficult wireless site address acquirement impeding the bandwidth improvement for MBB services. However, Huawei's E-band 71-86 GHz microwave frequency bands address this by featuring abundant spectrum resources and favorable pricing for leasing sub-bands.
OptiX RTN 380, Huawei's second generation E-Band microwave product, provides 2.5 Gbit/s bandwidth to meet Orange Polska's requirement for MBB service development. It supports AM and 1588v2 functions, and will effectively improve bandwidth utilization and facilitate Orange Polska's LTE construction in 2014.
In addition, OptiX RTN 380 is easy to install, deliver, and use commercially. Orange Polska selected Huawei's E-Band products after a series of admission tests in labs and verification tests at commercial sites, with Huawei now recognized as a long-term strategic partner for mobile backhaul development.