Wireless backhaul can mean many
things to many people. When you look at the evolution of wireless systems, you
see the network changing drastically. The antenna array is getting
smaller and the number of base stations are increasing. If
statistics are your thing, in the US, we have a population of 315.5
million, while the number of wireless connections totaled almost
330 million (CTIA, 2011). How we are using our wireless devices is
also changing. We no longer use our cell phone for basic voice or
text services. Forty percent of mobile consumers over 18 in the US
(Nielsen Media Research, 2011), and that number is increasing
exponentially because of our use of Pads, Tablets, and Books. The
types of services are also changing; Distributed Antenna Systems,
Hosted Suites, and WiFi Offloading are just a few of the services
that are requiring us to look differently at backhaul.
Join Patrick Sims at RTG/RICA Spring Forum on March
20th to hear more about wireless backhaul.