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Etisalat Misr and Huawei complete first live traffic application of Super Dual Band

April 4, 2016

Etisalat Misr and Huawei announced that they have completed the first live traffic application of the innovative microwave solution ‘Super Dual Band’ with throughput of more than 6 Gbps in mobile backhaul in the Alex region of Egypt.

Etisalat Misr, one of the leading mobile operators in Egypt and a subsidiary of Etisalat Group, achieves technology leadership through various MBB services. In recent years mobile broadband applications have grown dramatically and increased the demands on mobile backhaul bandwidth exponentially.

Microwave transmission, a key solution for mobile backhaul networks throughout the years, struggles to meet the need for multi-Giga bandwidth at long distances. Etisalat Misr, with the Huawei Super Dual Band microwave solution, has achieved 6.19 Gbps over a relatively long distance (3.37 km) link in the Alex region, applying state-of-the-art features (EPLA, AM and QoS) that stretch the benefits from the E-Band equipment.

Huawei’s Super Dual Band is an innovative solution, which bonds the traditional frequency (6-42 GHz) together with E-Band (71-86 GHz) in a unique manner, offering increased protection via special link aggregation techniques and advanced Quality of Service mechanisms. The Super Dual Band solution combines long distance benefit of traditional frequencies together with the large capacity advantage of the E-Band, ensuring efficient multi-Giga transmission.

“The growing capacity requirements for 3G and soon the LTE services raise high requirement for mobile backhaul solution in Egypt; we require innovative solutions on wireless backhaul technologies. The combination of E-Band and traditional microwave frequency spectrum is one of the good directions,” said Khalid Murshed, CTO of Etisalat Misr.

"Huawei has started microwave cooperation with the Etisalat Misr since 2006, and we are honored to be Etisalat Misr’s microwave transmission partner,” said Alex Xu, Huawei North African Vice President. Etisalat Misr and Huawei will jointly focus on potential microwave innovation technology looking forward to LTE. Xu added, “We think this new wireless transmission solution will highly improve the customer experience in the mobile broadband service."