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Mobile operators evaluating SDN and NFV for more flexible and cost-effective backhaul

 

London, UK, October 14, 2014—Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 Macrocell Backhaul Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, which provides insights into operator plans for macrocell backhaul.


ANALYST NOTE

“The mobile network is evolving to incorporate small cells, distributed antenna systems (DASs), remote radio heads (RRHs), and WiFi, and though the macrocell layer still does the heavy lifting when it comes to traffic handling, the backhaul network behind all this is becoming increasingly complex,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics Research. “Our macrocell backhaul study reveals the extent to which operators are looking at software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions to provide greater backhaul flexibility and cost-savings.”


MACROCELL BACKHAUL SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Infonetics’ survey respondents have yet to scale their small cell deployments, but anticipate they will place over 20% of traffic from the macro network onto small cells by 2018
  • When asked if or when they will introduce software-defined networking (SDN) into the backhaul network, 29% of respondents say they are deploying or plan to deploy SDN at some point, while the majority (63%) are evaluating it as a possibility with no set timeframe
  • Among those surveyed, Ethernet on fiber will be the most-used technology for macrocell backhaul connections by 2016, followed by Ethernet-only microwave
  • Downstream bandwidth is the top-ranked service-level agreement (SLA) metric, rated very important by 92% of operators surveyed, followed by jitter, latency, and upstream bandwidth
  • Survey respondents not only seek vendors with strong macrocell backhaul product portfolios, but partners who can also support their strategies for holistic, flexible future-proofed networks

MOBILE BACKHAUL NFV WEBINAR

View on-demand analyst Richard Webb’s Making Mobile Backhaul Flexible with NFV and SDN, a webinar exploring how network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can be used to automate transport networks:

http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=847425&s=1&k=C8E5B08CA6062C0E9F5C670CA7E7880E.


MACROCELL SURVEY SYNOPSIS

For its 28-page macrocell backhaul survey, Infonetics interviewed purchase decision makers at 25 incumbent, mobile, competitive, and cable operators from EMEA, Asia, Latin America, and North America about their current and future plans for macrocell backhaul. The study provides insights into operator deployment strategies, technologies, capacity requirements, packet timing and synchronization methods, SLA metrics, and vendor preferences. The operators participating in the study control 29% of the world’s .telecom capex To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.


RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH

Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.


INFONETICS WEBINARS

Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • SDN and NFV Roundup of Trials and Deployments (Oct. 23: Attend)
  • Making Mobile Backhaul Flexible with NFV and SDN(View on-demand)
  • The Role of NFV in Mobile Networks(View on-demand)
  • Planning For, Deploying, and Operating HetNets(Sponsor)
  • Driving Next-Gen Carrier WiFi Revenue Models(Sponsor)

INFONETICS IS HIRING

Infonetics Research is hiring analysts. See our job openings here.


TO INQUIRE ABOUT RESEARCH, CONTACT:

  • N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1-408-583-3335
  • N. America (East, Midwest), Latin America: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1-408-583-3395
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: Iyassu Soquar, iyassu@infonetics.com, +1 408-583-3397
  • Greater China, Southeast Asia: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song, jeffrey@infonetics.com, +86 21-3919-8505
  • Japan: 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics takashi.kimura@takanalytics.com, +81 3-6408-5566
  • South Korea: 대한민국 Doug Moon, MBAP dougm@mbap.co.kr, +82 2-3453-9400

Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively. View Infonetics' About Us slides.


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"The mobile network is evolving to incorporate small cells, distributed antenna systems (DASs), remote radio heads (RRHs), and WiFi."

Richard Webb
Directing Analyst, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells

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