Light Reading Mobile has been keeping track of the startups and relative newcomers that are seeking to challenge the established infrastructure vendors in the small-cell backhaul market, and the latest to appear on the scene are Tarana Wireless Inc. and CBF Networks.
Small-cell backhaul is all the rage and the opportunity for startups is clear: If operators are going to deploy outdoor small cells across their networks to boost 3G or 4G capacity as well as coverage, then they are going to need a high-capacity, inexpensive, reliable system to provide transport links back to their core networks. It's a technology gap that many new companies are hoping to fill, ahead of bigger players putting their R&D muscle into product development. (See Startups Rush to Small-Cell Backhaul and Major Carrier: Small-Cell Backhaul Must Be Cheap .)
"Every vendor and possibly their parent, brothers and sisters are trying to get a play in the small-cell backhaul market," according to Shayan Sanyal, chief commercial officer at Bluwan S.A. , which is one of those wireless backhaul vendors.
Here we have compiled a list of new small-cell backhaul companies that we know of so far with as much detail as we could dig up on them:
Tarana's founders are graduates from the University of California, Berkeley. The company did not respond to Light Reading Mobile's request for information.
Kevin Duffy, a former CEO of Proxim Wireless Corp. , is named as CEO and co-founder of CBF Networks, which is located in the San Francisco Bay area.
[Ed note: Thanks goes to our reader "allip" for bringing this company to our attention.]
And here's a refresher on the other startups and relatively new companies in backhaul that Light Reading Mobile has covered:
Blinq has developed a non-line-of-sight system that operates in sub-6GHz time division duplex (TDD) spectrum. The backhaul hub and remote modules can be configured as either point-to-point or as point-to-multipoint.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile