Zayo, Phonoscope boosting backhaul bandwidth

Some mobile backhaul companies have been struggling in the past year, as the bandwidth demands expected to be created by LTE have taken longer to arrive than they had planned. Still, others in the backhaul game are continuing to expand and upgrade the backhaul facilities to handle the explosion they know is coming.

This week, mobile backhaul provider Zayo Group said it had reached its goal of getting 2,000 unique cell towers on-net with its fiber-to-the-tower offering. The company now offers about 100 Gbps in overall bandwidth to more than 3,000 tower tenants in 46 markets. Zayo also said it is close to activating in six new markets, and is in the process of building more than 500 new towers.

Meanwhile, wholesale network operator Phonoscope is upping its network capacity with help from Ciena. The carrier is deploying the vendor's 6500 Packet Optical Platform with WaveLogic technology to help Phonoscope create a network of 25 multi-gigabit Ethernet rings that will be able to support 10 Gbps, 4o Gbps and 100 Gbps capabilities for backhaul and other applications. Phonoscope also will be deploying Ciena's 5410 and 5150 Service Aggregation Switches, and 3930 and 3931 Service Delivery Switches.

Phonoscope said a major wireless carrier already is planning to purchase 10 Gbps capacity to move aggregated LTE mobile backhaul traffic.

For more:
- see this Telecom News Now post on Zayo
- check out this FierceTelecom post on Phonoscope

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