Startup Fastback Networks said its lineup of backhaul radios now includes support for what it describes as "multi-point-to-point (M-PTP)" architectures, flipping the traditional terminology of point to multipoint (PMP).
Software-defined networking (SDN) could save operators $9 billion in mobile backhaul-related operating expenses by 2017 as they gain the ability to dynamically manage traffic and backhaul bandwidth, according to fresh research.
A major problem impacting small cell placement is that there is often no power in the location where a carrier wants to locate a small cell, or if there is power, it can only be delivered following complicated negotiations with building owners, utility companies or municipalities. TE Connectivity is trying to tackle those issues with a new system that combines a power supply and optical fiber communications into a single system, eliminating the need for local power to small cells.
PALO ALTO, Calif.--CENX launched its Ethernet Lifecycle Manager solution with a multimillion-dollar order from a Tier 1 service provider, which will use the platform across its 4G mobile backhaul network.
Site acquisition and delivery of backhaul and power are widely documented gating factors restricting extensive deployments of outdoor small cells. Alcatel-Lucent hopes to alleviate those challenges via a site certification program that brings together a variety of partners, which have contributed to a database of more than half a million sites suitable for small cells.
The market for small cell backhaul equipment to grow to over $5 billion (€3.65 billion) in 2018, up from a forecast $487 million for 2013 representing a 48 per cent CAGR, according to latest research by ABI.
The enthusiasm accompanying Google's Project Loon global wireless Internet project is seriously misplaced, according to balloonist Per Lindstrand, who says he tried to talk Google out of the effort.
LTE transmissions have a massive security vulnerability in that backhaul traffic from the eNodeB station to the IP core is unencrypted. Some operators have begun implementing IPsec to address this issue, but many have not because IPsec use is optional.
Mobile operators are not going to suddenly stop investing in their networks once they've fully deployed LTE, said Jay Brown, CFO of tower company Crown Castle International.
WiGig is nearly ready for primetime as evidenced by the Wi-Fi Alliance's new certification program, aimed at validating interoperability for WiGig products. The certification brand will be designated with a new logo that consumers can look for to ensure they are buying interoperable WiGig products, which are expected to start hitting the market in 2014.