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AESerm
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12/5/2012 | 4:52:21 PM
re: Sprint to Place Big Backhaul Bet


For the MSOs, could be an opportunity to deploy DPoE.

^Eagle^
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12/5/2012 | 4:52:21 PM
re: Sprint to Place Big Backhaul Bet


GO SPRINT!


This is a very good piece of news.  For the eco system, for the OEM's and for subscribers.


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^Eagle^
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12/5/2012 | 4:52:20 PM
re: Sprint to Place Big Backhaul Bet


small correction.


To my knowledge, Accedian is not a backhaul supplier in the traditional sense.  They do not provide transport gear.  they provide demarc and monitoring equipment.  Not the transport itself.


You have also left off most of the significant players in backhaul OEM equipment.  yes, BTI provides transport.  Good stuff.  but you have left off big Microwave player: DragonWave (arguably one of the most successful in the space... see their IPO few years ago).  And you have left off the larger of the fiber based OEM's: Tellabs, ALU, NSN, Ciena, Huawei, etc. 


sailboat

pdonegan67
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12/5/2012 | 4:52:20 PM
re: Sprint to Place Big Backhaul Bet


Let's see what Paul W Schieber Jr, Sprint Nextel's VP, Roaming and Access Planning has to say next Tuesday at Comptel in Orlando. Paul will be keynoting at 8.50 a.m at Light Reading's "Backhaul Strategies For Competitive Carriers" conference co-located at the Comptel show.


First question for Paul: "So Paul, any comment on last Thursday's lead story on Light Reading?". We also have carrier speakers from Verizon Wireless, Zayo Bandwidth, Level 3, Allied Fiber and Towercloud. Plus contributions from backhaul solution vendors Accedian, Cisco Systems, Telco Systems, Walker and Associates, and BTI Systems.


See the agenda for here: http://www.lightreading.com/live/event_information.asp?event_id=29696&p_id=conf


See you there.

themicrowaveguy
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12/5/2012 | 4:52:18 PM
re: Sprint to Place Big Backhaul Bet


I don't know who the Industry Source is, but he is incorrect. Microwave can and will cut it for 4G/LTE backhaul, as a part of a rational backhaul strategy that includes a mix of fiber, microwave and perhaps other technologies where they make sense for optimal performance and TCO. VZ had similar claims about running fiber to (nearly) every cell tower, but the reality is different, where they are actively and widely deploying microwave where it makes sense.


Microwave is well able to meet the capacity demands of LTE for the foreseeable future, and I think that the Sprint proclamation, like VZ before them, is more for the market and positioning against their competitors, than a true reflection of what they may do in practice.


Globally, operators planning to deploy LTE have a much bigger problem - spectrum. Right now the bottleneck is at the cell tower itself, not the backhaul network.


Aviat Networks has a nice website that captures the argument well: http://www.aviatnetworks.com/4....


 

msilbey
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12/5/2012 | 4:52:15 PM
re: Sprint to Place Big Backhaul Bet


Apparently Sprint testified to Congress a while back that it would not survive as a company if the AT&T/T-Mobile merger went through. However, the long-term infrastructure upgrade plans make me think Sprint isn't really that worried. Or is it just that Sprint sees no alternative but to push forward anyway?

Jeff Baumgartner
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12/5/2012 | 4:52:15 PM
re: Sprint to Place Big Backhaul Bet


Wow, good timing.  Based on some of the debate going on here, I would also love to hear his thoughts about fiber vs. microwave... and if he thinks microwave is going to be sufficient or if he thinks Sprint will need a strong mix of both.  Does it have to be one or the other... I'd have to guess that they'll end up relying on both to handle their backhaul needs. JB



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