As the popularity of smartphones and other intelligent devices increases, mobile operators’ future revenue growth hinges upon their ability to deliver a wider range of mobile broadband applications and services. However, delivering such applications and services can quickly overwhelm the capacity of current 3G and associated backhaul networks. As a result, an accelerating transition to LTE and other 4G network technologies is well underway. In fact, within the next five to ten years LTE will become the most widely adopted mobile network standard around the world.
Date: Wednesday, 8 June, 2011, 3pm BST
Host: Keith Dyer, Editor, Mobile Europe
Barry Zipp, Andy Walker and Simon Parry, Ciena
According to Infonetics Research, “Carriers everywhere are increasing the bandwidth on their backhaul networks to handle this exploding IP data traffic, and the most efficient, cost-effective way to do that is to transition from TDM to packet IP/Ethernet, which is driving the mobile backhaul equipment market.” Packet backhaul can also provide more bandwidth and QoS granularity than legacy TDM services, providing higher degrees of flexibility and better scalability.
To address the high bandwidth and low latency required to deliver rich content to smart mobile devices, operators and backhaul transport providers are adopting IP/Ethernet backhaul as the default technology choice. A Carrier Ethernet solution—whether fiber-, microwave radio-, or millimeter radio-based—permits strong levels of control and robust functionality, making it a truly cost-efficient 4G backhaul solution. With Carrier Ethernet, backhaul providers can scale the network quickly and achieve the lowest cost per bit as they increase bandwidth to meet growing user demand.
This will be an informative discussion of the important technology decisions facing MNOs, backhaul transport providers, and their technology partners. Regardless of your role in this industry, access to objective information about the extraordinary opportunity resulting from the global explosion in mobile demand will be of benefit to you. We hope you’ll join us!