Harris Stratex Networks has launched a new 4G wireless backhaul solution that it says will allow North American operators to handle the backhaul demands of operating an LTE network.
The company introduced its Eclipse Packet Node solution, which it says is specifically tailored to meet the requirements of North American carriers. Harris Stratex is touting the IRU600 radio unit as a power and space-saving solution for operators. The radio unit supports pure native Ethernet and IP traffic up to a maximum throughput of 400 Mbps in a single radio channel and allows for mixed mode operation to provide continued support for TDM traffic. The company says this will allow operators to eventually migrate to an all-IP network for backhaul solutions for LTE.
One of the major concerns with LTE is how the operators will handle the growing backhaul demand, as more and more data flies across their networks. LTE will enable faster data rates and it will generally cost less per bit to send data via the packet network, so it is widely expected that the amount of data on LTE networks will be significantly higher than on EV-DO or HSPA 3G networks.
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