Verizon Wireless looks to fiber for backhaul boost

Verizon Wireless is upgrading its backhaul network to increase capacity for 3G and 4G services. The operator is looking to push fiber out to thousands of new cell sites and replace its legacy transmission links with carrier Ethernet. This will allow Verizon to scale its capacity effectively and manage the data traffic influxes.

Verizon Wireless has begun bolstering the capacity by working with Verizon Partner Solutions, its parent company's wholesale division. Verizon Partner is supplying fiber to 90 percent of Verizon Wireless' cell sites in its territory within the next five years to coincide with the wireless operator's Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout. Verizon Partners will also upgrade all existing links to support carrier Ethernet.

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