Virgin Media Test Small Cell Backhaul Using Wireless Ethernet
Published on: 18th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
UK based Virgin Media Business has tested backhauling traffic from small cells over a 60 GHz wireless Ethernet link supplied by Sub10 Systems.
The trial took place in Leeds, UK. Three links were installed on three lamp posts in tough-to-reach areas at street level, over a distance of 200 metres. The effects of weather, multipath and passing vehicles were monitored by a weather station and cameras during the trial.
They report that all three links remained stable over the course of the one-month trial. The narrow beam width between each link reduced interference and interception risks. Rain fade had little effect on the links and very minimal effect upon the RSSI (received signal strength indication).
A severe storm during the trial did not have any effect upon the strength of the signal and physical obstructions such as a double-decker bus did not create multipathing.
Stuart Broome, CEO at Sub10 Systems, said: "The Liberator-V320 is an extremely versatile, cost-effective P2P wireless Ethernet link, and is also licence exempt. Its advantages make it available to both large and small network operators for a number of uses,"