The reign of mobility is expected to continue into the new year, as manufacturers, carriers and application developers explore opportunities for revenue generation and value relationships. As a result, the demand for wireless backhaul links is expected to enjoy significant growth to support the growing consumer trend.
According to a forecast released by Mobile Experts and announced in this statement, the wireless backhaul links supporting metrocells, microcells, picocells and femtocells (making up the spectrum of small cells) will enjoy substantial growth. Overall small cell viability demand is on the continuous upswing, creating ongoing opportunities for vendors in this space.
"Fiberoptic cable is the ideal solution, but is almost never available in the right places for high-capacity small cells," explained Dr. Jonathan Wells, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts. "We expect the early small cell market to use RF backhaul below 6 GHz, to address the initial market requirements for throughput below about 80 Mbps.
“However, by 2016 we expect significant adoption of multiband small cells with embedded Wi-Fi and much higher throughput requirements in the backhaul. We anticipate an additional market segment where high-throughput millimeter wave backhaul links will be required," Wells added. "Mobile Experts has close relationships with the semiconductor vendors supporting wireless backhaul systems, as well as the operators looking at the ROI for small cells.”
Wells noted that the focus put together by Mobile Experts reconciles the need for high throughout performance and the demand for low cost among service providers. This includes a comprehensive comparison between Point-to-MultiPoint (PTMP) and Point-to-Point (PTP) systems.
Based on this analysis, the cost of wireless backhaul is expected to reach a tipping point by 2015, allowing for the large scale deployment of small cell technologies.
Transition Networks is addressing this demand with its solutions dedicated to the wireless backhaul. The company’s Packetband-TDM suite of solutions delivers the economical migration strategy service providers need from the pure TDM backhaul to the full Carrier Ethernet implementation.
This approach also protects current investments as Packetband-TDM is designed to enable convergence using the latest TDM over IP technologies.
The intelligent demarcation enabled for the wireless backhaul operator by Transition Networks (News - Alert) allows the service provider to streamline its approach to the wireless build out so as to minimize capital outlays, while also achieving the deployment strategy necessary to support user demand.
The company’s solutions are available as both Multi-Service and stand-alone chassis offerings with various features and ports to support the demands of today’s infrastructure in an ever-increasingly mobile economy.
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Edited by Braden Becker