Today, mobile operators (also known as mobile network operators or MNOs) are facing trends that are rapidly transforming their networks and, in some cases, even their business models. These trends include:
- an explosion in the number of smartphones and other new devices on the network;
- a dramatic uptake in mobile broadband data services, often at fixed prices;
- the rise of the mobile Open Internet and the widespread use of Web 2.0 applications on mobile networks.
The consequent increase in data traffic is causing a dramatic increase in costs outpacing the revenue generated by flat-rate data plans. This business dynamic is driving: a) the evolution of access networks such as LTE, which will support increased data volume more cost-effectively than 3G networks; and b) network migration from TDM to more cost-effective IP, which will be used widely in LTE networks.
Regardless of the access technology used, the cost of backhaul is one of the biggest pain points for mobile operators worldwide, and the growth in traffic has exposed the scalability limits of traditional leased copper lines.
The need to add backhaul capacity at existing sites, as well as the proliferation of sites due to cell splitting and the use of small cell under-lays, has driven a renewed priority on identifying cost effective backhaul approaches that are reliable, scalable, quick to deploy, and readily available. And, of course, these approaches should accommodate operators’ plans to move from TDM to IP over time, whether in one year or ten.
That’s where Exalt comes in. All Exalt microwave systems are carrier-class, designed to operate to the highest performance and availability standards, regardless of frequency band. And with the ability to natively support any combination of TDM and Ethernet traffic, all Exalt radio systems are designed to keep pace with network evolution and migration plans. Exalt radio systems are available in frequencies from 2 to 43 GHz, including non-traditional bands such as 24, 25, 28, 29, 31 and 42 GHz, and in capacities up to 1 Gbps, providing a range of options to fit countless mobile backhaul scenarios from edge to core.