Telco Systems said it has been awarded a major contract extension from a Tier 1 wholesale carrier of Ethernet mobile backhaul services in the U.S. Telco Systems will deploy hundreds of its T-Marc 3348 devices in order for the Tier 1 wholesale carrier to offer 10 Gbps Ethernet mobile backhaul services throughout the northeast of the United States.
FairPoint said it is entering the dark fiber market in part to offer backhaul connections to the small cells being deployed by Verizon, Sprint and others. Chris Alberding, VP of product management at FairPoint Communications, said the company has not seen a large amount of small cell networks in Northern New England yet, but the provider wants to be prepared.
The global microwave equipment market saw overall revenues for the fourth quarter drop 7 percent year-over-year, amounting to what IHS called "unseasonably weak" performance.
Southern Telecom is on the network expansion trail again, announcing an agreement with Georgia Transmission Corp. to build a 75-mile dark fiber route between Winder and Hartwell, Ga.
Cleareon Fiber Networks, an emerging dark fiber provider formerly known as Phoenix Fiber Network, sees an opportunity to help building owners improve wireless connectivity as operators expand coverage using distributed antenna systems (DAS) and cloud RAN (C-RAN) technologies.
Almost a year after backhaul providers Fastback Networks and Sub10 Systems announced their decision to merge, former Sub10 CEO Stuart Broome is finding himself in an enviable position. With both Mobile World Congress 2016 and the Tessco One Innovation Showcase next week, he's never had so many requests for meetings and appointments surrounding its new products.
Speaking to the media on the heels of the deadline to submit comments for the FCC's special access proceeding, Charles McKee, VP of government affairs for federal and state regulatory at Sprint, said wireless backhaul costs the carrier pays to ILECs have continued to rise.
Sprint is reportedly about to embark on a radical overhaul of its cellular network that will include moving its antennas off of towers owned by companies like Crown Castle and American Tower and instead using government-owned land and towers with cheaper rent. In addition, the carrier is rumored to also be ending its reliance on fiber for backhaul and instead use microwave, which will mean it won't have to lease fiber from players like AT&T and Verizon. According to Re/code, which first reported Sprint's network plans, the revamp of its network towers and backhaul could save the company $1 billion and begin as soon as June.
Few details are known about Sprint's reported plans to save $1 billion by moving its towers from space leased by American Tower and Crown Castle to government land where rent is cheaper, as reported by Re/code last week. But analysts agree that it would be a high-risk, high-reward strategy.
Sprint is moving forward with plans of a "radical overhaul of its cellular network," according to Re/code, in a move that could save as much as $1 billion.