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SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - September 15, 2010) - Remember the Rubik's Cube? It's not far from reality in what wireless operators face in tailoring an effective backhaul solution. Considerations in the balance include cost, deployment time, leveraging existing investments, and the scale of the operators' networks. In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) believes that the total expenditures for developing an efficient and effective last mile backhaul (including line leasing, new equipment-spending, and spectrum acquisitions) will set mobile operators back nearly $117 billion by 2014, a 41% increase over 2009 expenditures of $83 billion.
"We're seeing an emerging industry consensus that the optimal solution involves running fiber optic cable straight to each base station, with the Ethernet protocol as the backhaul," says Chris Kissel, Industry Analyst for In-Stat. "While this solution is prevalent in areas where fiber is available, the ability to install new fiber is cost-prohibitive in many locations and physically impossible in others. The best solution for each operator depends upon a unique combination of factors, thus expanding the universe of potential solutions and suppliers."
Recent In-Stat research found the following:
The research, Wireless Backhaul: The Network Behind LTE, WiMax, and 3G (#IN1004716GW), identifies mobile backhaul expenditures and capacities. Cellular backhaul provides the crucial link between a mobile operator's RAN and its core network. Last mile backhaul is critical because poor backhaul planning can create bottlenecks that limit subscriber growth and quality of service. Backhaul opportunities include infrastructure equipment, as well as service opportunities for cable MSOs, satellite vendors, and wholesalers. The research includes:
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