Microwave Radio: From TDM to Packet

  • ID: 1093852
  • Report
  • 170 Pages +
  • PracTel Inc
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This report audience includes a wide variety of technical, managerial and sales staff of IT departments working to support corporation communications networks. Equipment vendors can find in the report the survey of competing portfolios. For networks designers, this report explains microwave radio applications, benefits and issues.

This report addresses technologies, applications and markets for microwave radio. The report classifies microwave radios as SONET/SDH, Microwave Packet Radio and mm-wave radio. Though used often in different applications and markets, these types of microwave radios allow sustaining high-speed reliable communications, and can be used as alternative to fiber optics transmission.

Despite early predictions, SONET/SDH still prevails in fiber optics transmission as a major standard. Microwave radio that is able to carry SONET/SDH signals format is the logical extension of fiber optic communications in cases when:

- Terrain and other factors preclude fiber placement
- Economics of the project dictate use of microwave technologies instead of fiber optics systems.

The SONET/SDH microwave radio market is active and became stable if compared with the telecom market after depression of 2000-2003. Stability of the utility industry and tighter requirements on network characteristics in the financial world contribute to the fact that this market not only survived, but also is growing.

Microwave Packet Radio is establishing itself as an advanced technology in the packet-centric world. Existing developments allow using this radio in many applications; prevailing among them is mobile backhaul. The report analyzes details of such an application and shows that the microwave radio future depends in great degree on its ability to adopt to the IP technology.

mm-Wave radios experience the “second life” due to their specifics and government regulations that opened relatively large windows of spectrum for commercial use; and the progress in the chips design that made it possible to produce high-frequency IC with relatively low cost.

The report analyzes properties of 60 GHz and E-band radio technologies and researches their market segments, applications and the industry.

Methodology:

Considerable research was done using the Internet. Information from various Web sites was studied and analyzed. Evaluation of publicly available marketing and technical publications was conducted. Telephone conversations and interviews were held with industry analysts, technical experts and executives. In addition to these interviews and primary research, secondary sources were used to develop a more complete mosaic of the market landscape, including industry and trade publications, conferences and seminars.

The overriding objective throughout the work has been to provide valid and relevant information. This has led to a continual review and update of the information content.
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  • ABB
  • Axxcelera
  • E-band Communications
  • GigaBeam
  • Microwave Networks
  • Rayawave
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1.0 Introduction

1.1 Brief History

1.2 Why Microwave?

1.3 SONET/SDH

1.4 mm-Wave Radio

1.5 Microwave Packet Radio

1.6 Scope and Goals

1.7 Research Methodology

1.8 Target Audience

2.0 SONET/SDH Microwave Radio

2.1 General

2.2 Spectrum

2.2.1 Unlicensed SSMR

2.3 SONET/SDH

2.3.1 Format

2.4 Structure

2.4.1 Diversity

2.5 Standards

2.5.1 ITU Standards

2.5.1.1 Examples

2.6 Microwave Radio vs. Leased Line

2.7 SONET/SDH Radio Market

2.7.1 Applications

2.7.1.1 Mobile Networks

2.7.1.2 Last-Mile Access

2.7.1.3 Private Networks

2.7.1.4 Disaster Recovery

2.7.1.5 The Digital Divide

2.7.1.6 Developing Nations

2.7.1.7 Utilities Networks

2.7.1.8 Emergency Radio

2.8 Market Projections

2.8.1 Model Assumptions

2.8.2 Forecasts

2.9 Security

2.9.1 General

2.9.2 Types of Attacks

2.9.2.1 Passive Attacks

2.9.2.2 Active Attacks

2.10 SONET/SDH Microwave Radio Vendors

- ABB

- Agilis

- Airlinx

- Alcatel-Lucent

- Allgon Microwave

- Axxcelera

- Ceragon

- DragonWave

- Ericsson

- Fujitsu

- Harris Stratex

- Microwave Data Systems

- Microwave Networks

- NEC

- Nera

- OnSite Systems (Acquired by Patton in 2008)

- SAF

- Nokia Siemens Networks

- SIAE (SIAE MICROELETTRONICA LTD)

- Thales

- Wave1

- Westica

- WNI GLOBAL, Inc.

- ZTE

3.0 Microwave Packet Radio

3.1 Requirements and Application

3.1.2 Mobile Technologies – Microwave Packet Radio Market Drivers

3.2 Hybrid

3.3 Benefits of Microwave Packet Radio

3.4 Market

3.4.1 Geography

3.5 Industry

- Alcatel-Lucent

- Cambridge Broadband

- Ceragon

- Comba

- DragonWave

- Ericsson

- Exalt

- Harris Stratex

- Huawei

- Nera

- NEC

- Nokia Siemens Networks

- Positron

- Trango Systems



4.0 mm-Wave Radio

4.1 General

4.2 Factors: 60 GHz Radio

4.2.1 Regulatory Climate

4.3 E-band

4.4 Goals

4.4.1 Progress in the Chip Technology for mm-Wave Radio

4.5 60 GHz Radio Technology and Market

4.5.1 General

4.5.2 Spectrum Specifics

4.5.3 Oxygen Absorption

4.5.4 Antenna

4.5.5 Radiation Limiting at 60 GHz

4.5.6 Combined Effect

4.5.7 Modulation

4.6 Specifics

4.6.1 Indoor Behavior

4.6.2 Wi-Fi and 60 GHz Radio

4.7 Progress

4.8 60 GHz Fixed Wireless-Last Mile

4.8.1 General

4.8.2 Details-Characteristics

4.8.3 Place

4.8.4 Addressable Market

4.8.4.1 General

4.8.4.2 Drivers

4.8.4.3 Forecast

4.8.5 Industry

- Allgon Microwave

- BridgeWave

- Comotech

- LightPointe

- Proxim

- Rayawave

- Vubiq

4.9 60 GHz Radio-IEEE 802.15.3c and Competition

4.9.1 General

4.9.2 Demand

4.9.3 Specifics

4.9.4 Benefits for WPAN

4.9.5 Applications

4.9.6 Challenges

4.9.7 Standardization and Development: WirelessHD, IEEE 802.15.3c and Other

4.9.7.1 WirelessHD

4.9.7.2 Details: WirelessHD Technology

4.9.7.2.1 Completion

4.9.7.3 Amimon

4.9.7.3.1 Progress

4.9.7.4 Issues

4.9.8 IEEE 802.15.3c

4.9.8.1 Current Status

4.9.8.2 Benefits

4.9.9 Very High Throughput Group

4.9.9.1 Summary

4.9.10 Diversity

4.9.11 ECMA

4.9.12 Market

4.9.12.1 General: Applications

4.9.12.2 Market Development: Specifics

4.9.12.3 Forecast

4.9.13 Players and Projects

- IBM

- SiBeam

- Phiar-Motorola

- Phiar (as of 2008, it was not in operation)

- NEC

4.10 Comparison

4.11 60 GHz WPAN: Example

4.12 Advantages and Challenges

4.13 E-band Radio: Technology and Market

4.13.1 General

4.13.2 Benefits

4.13.3 Regulations

4.13.4 Frequency Plan

4.13.5 Additional Characteristics

4.13.6 Major Applications

4.13.7 Market Prospective

4.13.7.1 Last Mile

4.13.7.2 Estimate

4.13.8 Vendors

- ADC

- Asyrmatos

- Bridgewave

- Comotech

- E-band Communications

- ElvaLink

- Endwave

- G4 Networks

- GigaBeam

- Fujitsu

- LightPointe

- Loea Corporation

- Proxim

5.0 Conclusions

- References

LIST OF FIGURES:

Figure 1: Spectrum Assignment

Figure 2: SONET Frame (OC-1)

Figure 3: SSMR Structure

Figure 4: Worldwide Microwave Radio Sale Forecast ($B)

Figure 5: Worldwide Microwave Radio Sale Forecast (Unit 000)

Figure 6: Estimate: SONET/SDH Microwave Radio Market ($B)

Figure 7: Rate of Transmission: Sale Distribution

Figure 8: Frequency Bands: Sale Distribution

Figure 9: Geographical Segmentation of SONET/SDH Radio Market

Figure 10: Segmentation by Method of Protection: SONET/SDH Radio Market

Figure 11: Passive Attack

Figure 12: Backhaul - Microwave

Figure 13: Microwave Packet Radio Market Estimate ($B)

Figure 14: Microwave Packet Radio Market Geography (2009)

Figure 15: Unlicensed Bands

Figure 16: 60 GHz Connections

Figure 17: 60 GHz: Allocations

Figure 18: 60 GHz: Spectrum Details

Figure 19: Attenuation in 60 GHz Band

Figure 20: 60 GHz: Absorption Details

Figure 21: Bands Features Comparison

Figure 22: Addressable Market Estimate: 60 GHz Radio –Fixed Wireless ($M)

Figure 23: Addressable Market Estimate: 60 GHz Radio-Fixed Wireless (Units)

Figure 24: 60 GHz “Open” Spectrum

Figure 25: IEEE Group Structure: 802.15

Figure 26: Market Estimate- WPAN 60 GHz Radio ($M; US)

Figure 27: 60 GHz WPAN Example

Figure 28: Frequency Allocation

Figure 29: Addressable Market-US-E-band Radio-Last Mile Access ($M)

Figure 30: Addressable Market-US-E-band Radio-Last Mile Access (Units 000)

LIST OF TABLES:

Table 1: Microwave Frequencies Bands

Table 2: SONET/SDH Rates

Table 3: Licensed and Unlicensed SONET/SDH Radio Proportion

Table 4: Differentiation by Path Length: SONET/SDH Radio

Table 5: Antenna Directivity

Table 6: 60 GHz Links Characteristics

Table 7: Characteristics Details

Table 8: Attenuation

Table 9: Properties

Table 10: Required Speed

Table 11: Competition

Table 12: WPAN Technologies Characteristics

Table 13: FCC Regulations
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- Asyrmatos

- Bridgewave

- Comotech

- E-band Communications

- ElvaLink

- Endwave

- G4 Networks

- GigaBeam

- Fujitsu

- LightPointe

- Loea Corporation

- Proxim
- IBM

- SiBeam

- Phiar-Motorola

- Phiar (as of 2008, it was not in operation)

- NEC
- Allgon Microwave

- BridgeWave

- Comotech

- LightPointe

- Proxim

- Rayawave

- Vubiq
- ABB

- Agilis

- Airlinx

- Alcatel-Lucent

- Allgon Microwave

- Axxcelera

- Ceragon

- DragonWave

- Ericsson

- Fujitsu

- Harris Stratex

- Microwave Data Systems

- Microwave Networks

- Nera

- OnSite Systems (Acquired by Patton in 2008)

- SAF

- Nokia Siemens Networks

- SIAE (SIAE MICROELETTRONICA LTD)

- Thales

- Wave1

- Westica

- WNI GLOBAL, Inc.

- ZTE
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