The use of wireless smart devices is growing rapidly and the average user requires more bandwidth than ever. The combination of these two issues places a heavy burden on the wireless operators’ ability to support their customers. To resolve this challenge, the wireless operators are launching the fourth generation (4G) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network. However, the current backhaul network on Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) T1s does not have the scalability, flexibility, or cost effectiveness to support 4G LTE. Ethernet backhaul, on the other hand, possesses all three of these features, which allows it to support 4G LTE. Though it has many benefits, Ethernet backhaul does have some drawbacks; it does not have an established pricing structure and lacks universal technical standardization. Because of these unknown factors, wireless operators are at risk.
By issuing a Request for Quotation (RFQ), the wireless operators will be able to address pricing and standardization concerns of Ethernet backhaul. Through careful evaluation, results from the RFQ will help the wireless operators select the Ethernet backhaul solutions with the right pricing structure from the access providers.
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