Backhaul the Right Way

3 Challenges Backhaul Networks Must Address

You do not have a “cell phone”.

Reach into your pocket, purse, backpack, or briefcase. There is probably a smart device of some kind in there. You may even call it a smartphone. But, it is not just a phone. That device is much more than that, having become the lifeblood of managing our lives on a daily basis. To most, it is a necessity.

“To deliver this low latency network, backhaul design teams need to plan for the most direct route possible and avoid simply putting backhaul traffic on a large network ring that can take hundreds or possibly thousands of miles to reach the mobile carrier’s hub. Every 180 miles of fiber optic cable distance will add 1ms to the latency, no matter how efficient the equipment tied to the fiber is.”

As you likely know, the network requirements to support this reliance have also had to change. Mobile network operators have all spent a tremendous amount of time and capital dollars deploying more macro cell towers or small cells. On top of that, the cellular companies have been upgrading those from 2G, 3G, to 4G (LTE), and soon to 5G. But, that part of the mobile network is only one half of the network equation. The other half, backhaul, will also need to continue in this evolution.

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