Sprint has not yet announced its final plans for its "Next Generation Network" (NGN) network densification, but elements of it are starting to take shape. According to financial analysts who follow the carrier, the NGN program will include around 70,000 small cells, some unknown number of additional macro cell sites and will likely involve wireless backhaul technology using the 2.5 GHz band.
Towerstream's top network executive said the carrier recently finished testing non-line-of-sight (NLOS) backhaul technology and has begun deploying the offering. He also said that the company is interested in using the 3.5 GHz band that the FCC recently voted to free up for unlicensed operations.
Dark fiber may be the latest fashion statement in the wholesale provider market, but to Southern Light, the service is something it based its initial business case on when it founded the company.
For modern wireless networks, fiber is a key component of making networks reliable and fast by connecting cell towers back to core networks. But which companies are the largest providers of fiber in the United States? Special report
It's not a sexy topic, but wholesale revenues are becoming a key component of cable MSOs' businesses. They keep expanding in the wholesale arena, and provide a wide array of services, including fiber and wireless backhaul for mobile operators. Special report
Wireless operators have become one of cable's largest wholesale customers. According to Vertical Systems Group, cable is the fastest growing segment in the wholesale and retail business Ethernet markets.
Backhaul providers Fastback Networks and Sub10 Systems announced they will merge to address what is forecast to be a $1.6 billion market for sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave solutions for backhaul. The companies are combining their intellectual property and technology platforms to create what they describe as the industry's first provider of hybrid Any Line of Sight (AnyLOS) backhaul solutions.
Verizon's plan to deploy more small cells could provide a bevy of backhaul opportunity for a host of regional telcos like Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint Communications and Lumos Networks.
Millimeter wave (mmW) wireless backhaul at 60 GHz, full dimension multiple input multiple output (FD-MIMO), and mmWave mobile radio access are three of the technologies that Samsung Electronics will demonstrate during Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona this week.
Now tourists and locals can take advantage of free Wi-Fi when they visit Baltimore's historic Inner Harbor, thanks to Wi-Fi vendor Port Networks and backhaul radio provider Siklu.