One of the most interesting recent developments in low-latency has been the rapid adoption of technologies exploiting microwaves and millimetre waves, writes Hugh Cumberland, solution manager, Colt Enterprise Services.
When the use of microwave
technology became prevalent in North America for ultra-low
latency connectivity, it was only a matter of time before it
crossed the Atlantic. It was no surprise that within a very
short space of time a number of different locations around
London were connected by microwave to Frankfurt.
The costs were high, and
the risks were new and different. Digging a trench to lay a
fibre cable is far removed from hoisting antennae up masts, or
abseiling down towers. The need to acquire tower space, reserve
frequencies and understand this differentiated technology
before installation, and onboarding the new skills required for
operation, tuning, maintenance and upgrade of the routes all
add up to a significant undertaking.
So why is microwave worth
all this extra cost, risk and hassle?
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