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Mobile Operators Turning to Ethernet Microwave for Voice and Data Backhaul

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IHS conducted in depth interviews with 23 service providers from around the world who use microwave equipment in their networks and found that 51 percent of the microwave links they deploy will be Ethernet only by 2017, up from 38 percent currently.

"In additional to capacity requirements for backhaul connectivity continuing to rise, operator confidence in deploying Ethernet for voice and data backhaul has been boosted by packet synchronization, reducing the need for TDM," said Richard Webb, research director for mobile backhaul and small cells at IHS.

"Our survey shows the microwave equipment market is shifting significantly towards all-packet microwave through the next few years," Webb said.

­Respondents are prolific users of microwave: By 2017, 52 percent will have more than 5,000 microwave links

Outdoor small cell backhaul is the fastest-growing deployment usage of microwave, growing from 17 percent of respondents now to 70 percent by 2017

A majority of survey participants want software-defined networking (SDN) controller support in the microwave products they buy

Ericsson leads respondents' rankings of microwave manufacturers; Aviat Networks fared best of the microwave-only vendors


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