Fujitsu offers Smart xHaul plug-in transponder card for 5G fronthaul/backhaul

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. (FNC), in partnership with Korea’s HFR, has unveiled the Smart xHaul plug-in transponder card. The ROE3J three-port plug-in transponder card enables the support of 5G fronthaul and backhaul over existing 4G support networks. FNC says that two North American Tier 1 operators plan to deploy the card in their live 5G commercial networks after having successfully completed 5G radio interoperability testing.

Feb 4th, 2019

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. (FNC), in partnership with Korea’s HFR, has unveiled the Smart xHaul plug-in transponder card. The ROE3J three-port plug-in transponder card enables the support of 5G fronthaul and backhaul over existing 4G support networks. FNC says that two North American Tier 1 operators plan to deploy the card in their live 5G commercial networks after having successfully completed 5G radio interoperability testing.

The Smart xHaul transponder card enables 25-Gbps support for radio over Ethernet (ROE), eCPRI, Ethernet, and xRAN protocols in millimeter-wave and sub-6-GHz radio architectures. It’s the latest addition to Fujitsu’s Smart xHaul portfolio, which comprises Fujitsu services, software, and disaggregated hardware, including the HFR flexiHaul platform. The flexiHaul 8000 series platforms offer modular scaling options for the new ROE3J transponder card to support multiple 5G channels over a single fiber core.

“Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of industry-leading 4G and 5G transport options, including the versatile and scalable Smart xHaul solution, which is installed in live 5G networks today,” said Paul Havala, vice president of global planning and photonics at FNC. “We have worked closely with HFR to provide a cost-effective, fast track to 5G as an easy upgrade to the Fujitsu Smart xHaul solution, offering robust transport that supports the low latency, high capacity, and scalability requirements of tomorrow’s 5G networks, today.”

Incorporated in 2000, HFR offers a variety of FTTx, optical transport, and cellular network platforms (see, for example, "SK Broadband deploys 212-MHz Gfast for gigabit broadband").

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