Verizon Wireless' push to use dark fiber as its wireless backhaul medium has both positive and negative aspects, according many wholesale service providers serving the wireless industry. Dark fiber allows wireless carriers to maintain complete control over their service experience, meaning if they want to increase capacity they can do it on their own timeline.
Fastback Networks said its backhaul radio is now capable of throughput exceeding 800 Mbps up to a distance of 2 kilometers, whether in line-of-sight (LOS), near-line-of-sight (nLOS) or non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions.
A year ago, Mimosa Networks was still firmly in stealth mode. But the Campbell, Calif., company has now released its first last-mile gigabit wireless radio for Internet service providers seeking fiber speeds delivered over the air.
Cambium Networks announced products designed to operate in the 5150-5250 MHz frequencies that the FCC recently opened for fixed outdoor wireless use.
AOptix announced that its Intellimax wireless transport product, which combines free-space optics and millimeter-wave links, is being deployed for evaluation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Though the Open Networking Forum (ONF) is still in the early days of specifying requirements for wireless transport through its Wireless and Mobile Working Group, which was announced in January, early virtualized backhaul solutions could be ready for trials in 2015 with production products arriving in the 2016-2017 time frame, according to Ran Avital, vice president of strategic and product marketing at wireless hauling specialist Ceragon Networks.
Wireless operators seeking ways to automate and optimize their mobile backhaul use will invest more than $700 million yearly in self-organizing network (SON) technology by the end of 2020, estimates SNS Research. Mobile backhaul-related SON revenue is expected register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48 percent between 2014 and 2020.
Wireless operators are seeking an arsenal of backhaul tools to support their small cell deployments, as evidenced by AT&T's revelation that it will work with cable operators to test their HFC-based DOCSIS products for just that purpose. And backhaul providers such as cable operators and wireline telcos are lining up to satisfy demand.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--Small cells failed to take off in the commercial cellular arena as quickly or on as grand a scale as expected, but other sectors are starting to consider how they might employ the diminutive base stations. Athena Wireless Communications, for example, is targeting public safety and the military for its small cell products.
Two companies cited by a new research report as "major players" in the millimeter-wave market have undergone major restructuring in the past year. MarketsandMarkets cited both BridgeWave Communications and E-Band Communications in a report on millimeter-wave components, but both vendors gained new owners within the past year after apparently facing financial struggles as the market for small cell backhaul took off more slowly than expected.