In a new study, ABI Research projects that cable operators worldwide will generate more than $1 billion in backhaul business by 2011.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

September 12, 2006

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ABI Sees Cable Backhaul Market Scaling $1 Billion

In a new study, ABI Research projects that cable operators worldwide will generate more than $1 billion through the sale of backhaul connections to wireless phone carriers by 2011, way up from just $57.6 million this year.

The study sees MSOs increasingly using their HFC networks to link cellular base stations to carriers' local wireline phone networks. ABI also predicts that cable operators will increasingly backhaul their own cellular traffic as they plunge into the wireless market over the next few years.

Although the cable guys are mainly lining up with Sprint Nextel Corp. to enter the mobile phone market right now, the study says that could change as they begin to develop their own wireless offerings and build traffic.

-- Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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