Cambium Networks announced products designed to operate in the 5150-5250 MHz frequencies that the FCC recently opened for fixed outdoor wireless use.
CenturyLink and the Denver Broncos announced a three-year sponsorship deal, under which the telco will provide Internet and data connectivity at the team's stadium and training facility, ensuring redundancy for certain services already provided by Comcast.
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.
Alcatel-Lucent notched up another deal for its IP technology by securing a contract to help resolve the backhaul requirements of the highly regarded Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, which operates in one of the world's most advanced mobile communications markets.
EE is preparing to launch small cells in the next two years, but won't let the rollout distract it from expanding its LTE network, the UK operator's principal network architect told FierceWireless:Europe this week.
Two-year-old startup Mimosa Networks wants the FCC to open up the 10.0-10.5 GHz band for lightly licensed broadband services that would share the spectrum with the band's current users--ham radio operators as well as federal and non-federal radiolocation services.
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).