Date Added: Feb 2010
As 4G broadband networks begin to be deployed worldwide, there is a growing concern that backhaul will represent an increasing portion of the total life cycle cost of a network. The bandwidth requirements of emerging services are driving a need for much lower cost per bit from the backhaul in order to deliver a positive business case. This paper will discuss the backhaul requirements for such networks and the performance and costs of the alternatives. The comparison will show that high capacity packet microwave Ethernet systems provide the solution to the backhaul burden.