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The Wireless Backhaul Opportunity

The best session of the Lightreading Ethernet Conference covered Wireless Base Station Backhaul. Patrick Donegan of Heavyreading and the panelists presented cohesive data and their take on which way the market would head. I gained a new perspective on the opportunity wireless backhaul presents.

The fundamental problem wireless carriers face is the underlying shift from voice dominated to data dominated traffic. Voice is growing linearly, while data is likely to grow exponentially. If leased copper T1′s are used for backhaul, their backhaul costs will scale linearly as capacity is added.

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