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Articles in category: Mobile Backhaul
The cost of cell base station hardware, and its percentage of mobile operator network capex, is falling fast while mobile operators are devoting growing amounts of capital to software and opex, according to a report from Maravedis-Rethink. “The cost of cell site hardware has become almost irrelevant to operators deploying LTE,” according to...(Read Full Article)
CenturyLink reported that despite strong gains in broadband, IPTV and Carrier Ethernet, Q3 2013 operating revenues declined 1 percent year-over-year to $4.52 billion due to ongoing access line losses and lower access results.(Read Full Article)
One area of growth in the business segment was Ethernet services. The telco's Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) service for medium and larger business customers is now available in 86 percent of its central offices. Daniel McCarthy, president and chief operating officer, said during the earnings call that "the next phase in our Ethernet build will be to add capability for premium Ethernet services, which will also enable us to charge differently for higher tiers and services."(Read Full Article)
Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services report, which ranks mobile backhaul equipment vendors, identifies market growth areas, and provides ...(Read Full Article)
The market for small, or low-power, outdoor cells is poised for a growth surge, according to Infonetics’ recently released “Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment” report. Though revenue in the “nascent market” for outdoor small cell mobile backhaul equipment totaled just $39 million worldwide in 2012, “we look for outdoor small cells to...(Read Full Article)
Competitive providers said that AT&T and fellow RBOC Verizon (NYSE: VZ) control about 80 percent of the special access market. These connections are used by competitive providers to connect their headquarters and remote offices, and by wireless operators for backhaul where IP-based services such as Carrier Ethernet are not available today.(Read Full Article)
Carrier Ethernet Awards were announced at the MEF quarterly meeting in Seattle this week. These annual awards recognize excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet Services. They are presented annually for the Global market and Asia-Pacific, North America, EMEA, and Caribbean & Latin American regions.(Read Full Article)
TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Ethernet Backhaul Equipment market to grow (incremental) at a CAGR of 4.85 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the inexorable increase of mobile data. The Global Ethernet Backhaul Equipment market has also been witnessing the increasing investment in microwave backhaul. However, the delay in setting-up LTE ecosystems could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.(Read Full Article)
Frontier Communications is finding that the fiber to the tower builds it is conducting for its wireless operator customers is a good foundation to deliver fiber-based services to area businesses.(Read Full Article)
As one of the only woman CEOs of a major wireline telco, Frontier Communications, Maggie Wilderotter is in a unique place. Sean Buckley speaks with Wilderotter about the role of women in telecom and the industry's broadband and business services growth.(Read Full Article)
When competitive carriers arrived on the scene in the 1990s, their focus initially was on voice and traditional data services for business customers. After a couple of decades of consolidation and technology advances, the competitive carriers that remain are increasingly focused on Carrier Ethernet.(Read Full Article)
Time Warner Cable is increasing its Southeastern fiber network and business services footprint by reaching a deal to acquire Charlotte, N.C.-based competitive provider DukeNet from Alinda Capital and Duke Energy for $600 million in cash.(Read Full Article)
DukeNet has found a buyer and it’s not one that was high on any of my lists. Time Warner Cable today announced a definitive agreement to purchase the North Carolina-based regional and metro fiber operator from its energy utility parent and Alinda Capital, which bought in a few years back. … [ ](Read Full Article)
The metro and regional fiber business has a new name to remember, as Tech Valley Communications has rebranded itself as FirstLight Fiber. Meanwhile, they also gained certification with a major wireless operator for their Ethernet backhaul solutions. … [ ](Read Full Article)
DukeNet, a regional provider, now reaches over 3,500 cell sites as part of its growing fiber to the tower program that provides services to a number of the top wireless operators. The service provider currently operates over 9,000 route miles of fiber in the Southeast that in addition to offering FTTT also provides business services such as Carrier Ethernet.
IEEE Aims to Reduce EPON Cost with New 802.3 Amendment The IEEE on September 19 announced approval of its 802.3bk “Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for Extended Ethernet Passive Optical Networks” (EPON), which is designed to reduce cost of ownership for network operators by enabling higher density and longer range EPON applications. The new...(Read Full Article)
Through 2018 Ethernet services revenue will grow to over $13 billion by 2018 from nearly $5.5 billion this year as major data service providers, including cable MSOs, leverage now widely available Ethernet metro area and wide area networks, according to a new report from The Insight Research Corporation. The average annual growth rate...(Read Full Article)
With a focus on helping enable existing wireless operators to expand their rural coverage through roaming agreements, CoverageCo. will use FairPoint's fiber and Ethernet-based wholesale services as the transport mechanism to serve 200 miles of rural Vermont, beginning with service in Orange County.(Read Full Article)
In March, Alaska Communications became the first service provider in the state to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification. Along with Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSA) in the United States and Telstra Wholesale in Australia ...(Read Full Article)
“Collaborative Vision: the role of Carrier Ethernet in the Ethernet ecosystem” Nan Chen, president MEF
The Metro Ethernet Forum was created to accelerate the adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks and services. Prior to the MEF’s formation, Ethernet was primarily designed for enterprise applications. The MEF’s mission is to help enable carriers to develop ubiquitous business services and applications that can be widely accessed over a variety of networks.(Read Full Article)
SDN could save operators over $4bn for mobile backhaul
Software defined networking (SDN) has so far been used predominantly to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. But it has also been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements.
The application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation is so recent that there is little hard evidence to support SDN business cases for service providers.(Read Full Article)
Windstream reported that a rise in both business and consumer revenues were major factors in helping to increase revenues sequentially by $6 million to $1.51 billion and offset legacy wholesale and consumer declines.(Read Full Article)
Frontier Communications' no-frills broadband pricing had an effect in the second quarter as it gained 29,500 new customers. As of the end of June, the service provider had a total of about 1.8 million broadband customers. In Q3 and beyond, Frontier will focus on extending its Gigabit Ethernet product to more large business customers and looking for new opportunities to sell its service bundles to small businesses. As of the end of the quarter, the GigE product was available in 83 percent of its Central Offices.(Read Full Article)
"Based upon the contracts that we had in hand and our plans, we've already made significant progress in adding fiber-to-the-tower connections," said Paul Sunu, CEO of FairPoint. "We're up to 950 towers and have over 1,100 Ethernet connections for wireless carriers. Our plan is to get that to over 1,000 towers this year and 1,300 Ethernet connections."