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UltraLink-FX80

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Overview
Revolutionizing Last-Mile Backhaul

Mobile and fixed broadband network operators, ISPs and other non-telco businesses (enterprises, utilities, Industrial and governmental organizations), are today in need of cost-effective and future-proof high-capacity transport systems that are easy to deploy and operate.

Mobile broadband networks are undergoing a continuous transformation in terms of technology and architecture. Network capacity and density increase dramatically, while different architectural RAN options, such as Centralised RAN, emerge as a means of increasing the network co-ordination and efficiency. Mobile Broadband network operators need to cope with higher capacity, multi-technology (GSM, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-A, etc.) Base Stations deployed in the ever-increasing density macro-cell layer and in the near future, in an ultra-dense small-cell layer.

Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) backhaul in the cities will consist of a large number of short and medium-range links having capacity of a few hundred Mbit/s and in the medium term exceeding in many cases 1 Gbit/s. Cascading three or more sites, or combining them in a ring, will yield traffic capacities of several Gbit/s.

UltraLink™-FX80 is a compact, all-outdoor multi-Gigabit Ethernet PtP radio platform, operating in the entire bandwidth-rich E-Band area of the spectrum (71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz). Exploiting an advanced and highly-integrated design, rich Carrier Ethernet networking features and the truly-wideband channels available in the E-Band, UltraLink™-FX80 ideally satisfies the service requirements for relatively short-to-medium range, high-capacity connectivity applications, while achieving the lowest TCO with respect to traditional microwave (MW) - or even wireline - technologies.

Typical applications for UltraLink™-FX80 include backhaul, midhaul, fronthaul and aggregation in dense urban areas, xDSL backhaul, university campus LANs, construction site, shipping port area communications systems, storage connection backup, Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul and fiber backup links to name a few.

When combined with traditional MW systems, UltraLink™-FX80 offers significant benefits to 3G/4G/4G+ wireless backhaul networks in terms of enhanced and future-proof performance. UltraLink™-FX80 can leverage Intracom Telecom's OmniBAS™ MW packet radio line (comprising flexible aggregation IDUs) in combined deployments, particularly in dense urban areas. uni|MS™ feature-rich and all-in-one management suite provides the operator with a unified, single-view management screen that greatly simplifies network OAM. uni|MS™ offers add-on modules for SON automation functionality, enabling zero-touch configuration and optimization capabilities.

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Benefits
  • Up to 3 Gbit/s throughput, QoS and packet synchronization capabilities that satisfy the most demanding 4G transport requirements.
  • Highest versatility and small form-factor for macro / micro / small-cell backhaul, C-RAN fronthaul and all types of transport applications.
  • Support of native transport of Ethernet or CPRI traffic in one unit.
  • Unique direct AC powering option (without external devices) simplifies deployment at street locations where DC power is unavailable.
  • Operation in low-licensing cost spectrum.
Highlights

UltraLink™ offers a number of highly-valued features, which are elaborated below:

High Radio Capacity with High Spectral Efficiency

UltraLink™-FX80's 3 Gbit/s capacity on a single radio link is achieved by combining an industry-high spectral efficiency (using 256-QAM modulation) with Bandwidth acceleration in a 500 MHz-wide channel. High spectral efficiency enables the use of narrow channels, which incur significantly-reduced license fees in countries where fees are applicable. Narrower channels also increase the number of available channel options, which allows for denser link deployments through the reduction of frequency reuse and facilitation of planning for interference management and mitigation.

7-level Hitless Link Adaptive Modulation & Coding

UltraLink™-FX80's link adaptivity features and robust Forward Error Correction coding scheme enable high link robustness and allow the deployment of high availability links with small form-factor antennas that respect the city environment. Intelligent combination of state-of-the-art LDPC and Reed-Solomon FEC schemes maximizes sensitivity at a minimum cost to transport efficiency. Furthermore, the fast 7-level Hitless Adaptive Modulation and Coding can provide a 28 dB system gain improvement to enable continuous link operation under adverse precipitation conditions.

Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery or CPRI Transport in one unit

UltraLink™-FX80 incorporates a fully-featured, 3 GbE-port Provider Bridge (IEEE 802.1ad), which offers flexibility in delivering MEF standards-based Carrier Ethernet services - ranging from EPL and EVPL to ELAN - over complex network topologies, such as chain or tree, deployed without the need for external switching devices. This allows faster and easier deployments that are more manageable and cost-efficient.

Furthermore, UltraLink™-FX80 supports a dedicated CPRI transmission mode. CPRI transport is achieved by using an appropriate CPRI SFP+ module in the available SFP port on the radio unit and setting the unit to the CPRI transport mode (Ethernet Bridging disabled). Therefore, the same unit can be configured to operate in Ethernet Bridging mode or CPRI transport mode for providing transparent CPRI fronthaul.

Standards-based Service & Link OAM Support

Support of service OAM, based on the IEEE 802.1ag and Y.1731 standards, and Link OAM, based on IEEE 802.1ah standard, means that UltraLink™-FX80 is capable to offer Carrier-grade Ethernet OAM features, enabling operators to provide manageable L2 end-to-end services to their customers.

Comprehensive QoS

UltraLink™-FX80 offers per-service QoS treatment of the transported traffic based on L1, L2 and L3 classifiers. Strict priority (SP), Weighted Round Robin (WRR), Hybrid SP+WRR, and WFQ scheduling schemes are cleverly applied to eight CoS / queues to enable the most suitable prioritization treatment for management and control plane traffic, while supporting revenue generating service differentiation and assured critical service delivery for user plane traffic.

Complete Packet-based Network Synchronization options

Being an advanced packet radio, which is designed for mobile network backhaul applications, UltraLink™-FX80 supports a full range a packet synchronization methods. Its Gigabit Ethernet interfaces support standards-based Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) frequency synchronization distribution, as well as, the associated ESMC signaling channel. Furthermore, Precision Timing Protocol (IEEE 1588v2) Transparent Clock and Boundary Clock functionality is supported in hardware for the delivery of frequency and phase synchronization deemed necessary in locations where GPS / GLONASS signals are hard to reach (such as covered / street-level deployments).

Compact, Flexible Solution, with Innovative Deployment Automations

UltraLink™-FX80 can be offered as a standalone extremely-lightweight, zero-footprint and all-outdoor system, with maximum powering flexibility (Direct AC, DC or PoE). Direct AC power feed without external devices enables more cost effective, faster and more reliable deployments even at street-level environments.

Links are easily deployed with small form-factor ODUs (292 mm x 292 mm x 134 mm), which weigh no more than 3.5 kg (with embedded flat antenna included) thus minimizing the size and cost requirements for the supporting infrastructure. Options with 30 cm or 60 cm parabolic antennas are also available.

Apart from all the usual methods (by Ethernet cable connection), UltraLink™-FX80 also offers deployment expediency by featuring "zero-touch" configuration and service provisioning through an integrated Bluetooth interface by employing a standard Android tablet.

Application

Wherever high-capacity Ethernet connectivity, over a short to medium range is required, UltraLink™-FX80 provides the lowest-cost, technically-complete solution for a myriad of connectivity applications and a variety of organizations.

UltraLink Star Architecture
Mobile Operators
  • Backhaul, midhaul, fronthaul of 3G / 4G / WiMAX / 4G+ Base Stations
  • Macro / micro / small-cell backhaul
Fixed Line Operators/ ISPs
  • Backhaul of xDSL and DSLAM nodes
  • Fiber extension and fiber ring closure
  • Direct access connectivity for large corporate customers
Utilities & Mining Industries

Electricity, water and other utility companies can deploy UltraLink™-FX80 in their plants, distribution stations and office locations to:

  • transport traffic from security / surveillance cameras to the monitoring location/control room, and to
  • create Gigabit LANs among their buildings in a site.
International Shipping Hubs

Port authorities can deploy UltraLink™-FX80 to satisfy connectivity needs among:

  • Loading stations.
  • Depots / large storage areas.
  • Security posts and surveillance cameras.
  • Data Center / control rooms.
Public Sector & Governmental Networks

UltraLink™-FX80 can be used to interconnect public buildings in municipal areas and cities. City halls, police headquarters, hospitals, schools and other buildings can converge on the same high-speed network infrastructure to enhance governance efficacy and efficiency.

Higher Education & Health Institutions

University campuses and hospitals with multi-building sites can take advantage of UltraLink™-FX80 to cost-effectively and rapidly deploy high-bandwidth links to:

  • create Gigabit LANs among their buildings,
  • upgrade and consolidate their ICT infrastructure, and to
  • backhaul traffic from security / surveillance cameras.
Large Corporations in Services or Manufacturing Sector

Large businesses with multi-building plants, storage depots or office facilities expanding in large areas, can deploy UltraLink™-FX80 to enable Gigabit LAN connectivity for enhancing their transaction automation, control, productivity and security.

Technical Description

The UltraLink™-FX80 all-outdoor Point-to-Point (PtP) Gigabit Ethernet radio system is offered in a unit tunable across the entire E-Band.

Radio
  • Maximum Throughput:
    • Ethernet : 3 Gbit/s full duplex
    • CPRI : Up to Option 3 (2.457,6 Mbit/s)
  • Channel Sizes:
    • 500 MHz, 250 MHz
  • 7-level Dynamic Hitless Link Adaptation:
    • 28 dB link adaptation gain range, dynamic
  • Modulation Schemes:
    • 256QAM, 128QAM,64-QAM, 32-QAM, 16-QAM, 4QAM, 4QAM(1/2)
  • FEC Coding Scheme:
    • LDPC and Reed Solomon
Functionality
  • Carrier Ethernet:
    • IEEE 802.1d/ IEEE 802.1Q / IEEE 802.1ad
    • E-Line, E-LAN
    • Jumbo frames support (up to 9600 bytes)
  • Quality of Service (QoS):
    • 8 Classes of Service (8 queues) per port (including over the air)
    • Packet classification per port, VLAN id, p-bit, DSCP, MPLS EXP-bits, IPv6 TC
    • Scheduler Schemes: Strict Priority, Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ), hybrid
    • Queue Management : Tail Drop, WRED
    • Two rate Three colour Traffic metering and policing
    • Egress Shaping
  • Synchronization:
    • ITU-T G.8262 /4 (SyncE)
    • IEEE 1588v2 Transparent Clock and Boundary Clock
  • Protection:
    • RSTP (IEEE 802.1w)
    • Ethernet Port LAG (IEEE 802.3ad)
    • Ethernet Ring Protection (ITU-T G.8032)
  • Operations, Administration & Maintenance (OAM):
    • IEEE 802.1ag - Service OAM (CFM)
    • ITU-T Y.1731 (OAM mechanisms)
    • RMON Counters (RFC 2819)
    • ITU-T G.826 Counters
    • IEEE 802.3ah - Link OAM (EFM)
Management
  • uni|MS™(NMS)
  • Embedded Web-based GUI
  • Bluetooth Interface V2.1+EDR (Class 1)
  • CLI
  • SNMP
  • File transfer
  • Integrated Bluetooth interface for wireless provisioning
Other
  • Interfaces (option 1):
    • 2 x 100/1000Base-T (RJ-45)
    • 1 x SFP (combo 1000Base-X or CPRI)
  • Antennas:
    • Flat integrated (43dBi)
    • Parabolic 30 cm (44 dBi) and 60 cm (50 dBi)
  • Electrical:
    • Direct AC, direct DC, PoE
    • Power Consumption 38W
  • Mechanical & Environmental:
    • Outdoor radio unit with embedded flat antenna : 292 mm x 292 mm x 134 mm / 3.5 kg
    • IP67 Ingress Protection
    • Operating Temperature: -33°C to +55°C (extended to -55°C)
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