Fiber will be a bigger part of wireless operators' backhaul diets as they beef up capacity in their radio access networks. For example, T-Mobile US Inc. is looking to use fewer copper lines and lease fiber, as well as microwave links, to boost backhaul capacity as it rolls out evolved high-speed packet access (HSPA+) this year. (See MWC 2010: T-Mobile Boosts Backhaul.)
PEG Bandwidth's management team is led by CEO Rich Rubin and comprises former Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) executives Ed DeLong, who is the company's COO, and Greg Ortyl, senior VP of sales and marketing.
Millimeter wave, a technology that's relatively new on the backhaul scene, uses frequency bands in the 70 to 80GHz range to deliver high-capacity links over short distances (typically no more than up to 3 kilometers). Aviat isn’t the first of the established backhaul players to resell millimeter-wave products from startups. For example, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) already has a similar deal in place with BridgeWave Communications . (See The New Wave of Mobile Backhaul and AlcaLu Enhances Microwave Backhaul.)
Clearwire says it expects to increase its microwave backhaul network capacity by 250 percent. Eventually, the operator will have the capability to support 1-Gbit/s speeds in high-density areas. Cleawire's microwave backhaul suppliers are DragonWave Inc. (AIM/Toronto: DWI; Nasdaq: DRWI) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT). (See CTIA 2010: Clearwire, Sprint Push 4G Advantage.)
And just about every backhaul vendor worth its salt is sprucing up its packet backhaul capabilities. Here's the best of the rest of the backhaul news from Las Vegas:
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