E-Band Communications Wireless Backhaul

Technology Comparisons

 

The High Capacity Wireless Landscape

E-band wireless systems offer a compelling alternative to these broadband technologies. A summary of how the most important system parameters and network characteristics compare are detailed below.

 

WiFi

3/4G

Microwave

60 GHz

FSO

Fiber

E-Band

Data Rates

Variable, typically 1 Mbps

Variable, typically 10 Mbps

2 to 311 Mbps

100 Mbps to 1 Gbps

100 Mbps to 1 Gbps

To 100s of Gbps

100 Mbps to 3 Gbps today; to 10 Gbps in the future

Typical distances for carrier class performance

20 Yards

2 miles

5 miles

500 Yards

200 Yards

20-60 km

1-3 miles

Spectrum availability and licensing

Freely available for unlicensed use

 

Spectrum very scarce. Owned and fiercely protected by select incumbents

Usually available for area licensing from country regulators

Varies country by country. Available for unlicensed use in USA

Spectrum freely available as technology not regulated

 

N/A

Available worldwide, usually as a low cost rapidly obtained "light license"

Guaranteed interference and regulatory protection

 

No

Usually

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

 

Relative cost of ownership

 

Low

High

Medium

Medium

Medium

High

 

Medium

Install and commissioning time

 

Hours

Months/Years

Weeks / Months

 

Hours/Days

Hours/Days

Months/Years

Hours/Days