Service providers take advantage of the emerging wireless backhaul opportunity

Sean Buckley, FierceTelecomThis week we are releasing a new eBook, "Telco Backhaul Strategies: Wireline wholesale carriers feed off the wireless backhaul bonanza." In this eBook, FierceTelecom examines the challenges and opportunities wireline operators face in delivering wholesale wireless backhaul services to wireless operators.

A ripe stage has been set for wireline operators to take advantage of the wireless backhaul opportunity. As the major U.S. domestic wireless providers continue to transition their networks from 3G to 4G, they are requiring higher speed and diverse sources for wireless backhaul that can't be fulfilled with traditional copper-based T1 circuits.

Telco Backhaul Strategies ebook

FierceTelecom's new eBook, Telco Backhaul Strategies

To date, about 70 percent of U.S. cell site access is served via copper-based T-carrier services, primarily T1, but also some T3 circuits.

Outside of legacy 2G wireless cell sites, wireless operators are installing higher speed fiber and Ethernet-based circuits that can support higher bandwidth hungry applications like video at sites that are being upgraded to Long Term Evolution (LTE). And while it's true that fiber is the ultimate bandwidth medium, wholesale carriers will complement it with other technologies, including Ethernet over Copper (EoC) and microwave.

Regardless of the technology used, in the eBook we talk about how the wholesale wireless backhaul market is attracting four kinds of wholesale players: incumbent carriers, competitive wholesalers, cable operators, and wireless backhaul specialists.

But given the capital requirements it takes to build out fiber facilities to cell sites, the key to success in the wireless backhaul market lies in the provider's ability to maximize its investment.

As Chris Murphy, vice president of sales and business development for Zayo Bandwidth, says, providers can do this "by winning other customers on the tower or other businesses along that fiber route."

I encourage you to take a look at the new eBook by clicking here and downloading your copy today.--Sean