Cable companies cater to wireless operator backhaul needs

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.

The top four U.S. cable operators--including Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), Cox and Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR)--offer a host of fiber and coax-based services to carriers. Whether it's Cox, which has been working with wireless operators directly and with tower companies, or Charter with its sizeable niche in the wireless backhaul market, the cable companies are keen to take their slice of the wireless business. With small cells due to take off, these companies are seeing even more opportunities in wireless. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley breaks it all down in this special report.