Capacity of E1

(This is a very old post from the original blog)

In Malaysia, E1 is the main type of cable used at Base Transceiver Station (BTS) / Radio Base Station (RBS)  in order to carry data (voice/packet) and signalling information.

Why is one E1 = 2.048Mbps?

1 E1 frame = 32 timeslots/channels
1 timeslot = 8 bits (speech/voice rate)
Sampling rate = 8 kHz (Nyquist rate -> 2x bandwidth)

:. E1 data rate = 32 x 8 x 8000 = 2.048Mbps

E1 is European standard while T1 is American standard.

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