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.
The FCC voted 5-0 to propose fining AT&T $640,000 for allegedly operating numerous wireless microwave stations without authorization over a multiyear period and failing to provide required license modification notices to the commission. AT&T said it is going to review the proposed fine and respond "as appropriate."
Another free Wi-Fi network is getting decommissioned, this time in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park, Calif., according to Palo Alto Online.
Dark fiber has re-emerged as the latest fashion trend in the wireline telecom industry, and is primarily targeted at wireless backhaul, enterprise customers and traditional carriers. For wireless carriers, dark fiber lets them maintain complete control over their service experience, meaning if they want to increase capacity, they can do it on their own timeline. Special report
Exalt Communications may be long gone, but its successor, Exalt Wireless, is in for the long haul. So says the company's CEO, who's still bullish on the company's long-term prospects.