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October 15, 2014 17:44 ET

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

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - October 15, 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

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 report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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

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TO INQUIRE ABOUT RESEARCH, CONTACT:
N. America (West), Asia Pacific:
Larry Howard larry@infonetics.com +1 408-583-3335
N. America (East, Midwest), Lat. 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, S.E. 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

ABOUT INFONETICS
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 effectively. View Infonetics' About Us slides here.

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Contact Information

  • PRESS CONTACT:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells
    Infonetics Research
    +44-1689-851-618 or +1-408-583-3369
    Email contact
    Twitter: @RichardAWebb