Chapter 10 – Small Cell Backhaul Requirements for Telecommunications
For telecommunications companies, one consideration that can’t be overlooked is small cell backhaul requirements.
As a favored method for backhaul, optical fiber is ideal to meet growing demands on wireless services, which includes faster upload speeds to accommodate sensors connecting automobiles, home systems, and devices.
While fiber is the main form of backhaul, there are a few others that can be used, including copper ethernet, millimeter wave, microwave, and satellite.
However, for places where fiber is not already in place, it can be expensive to add it where it doesn’t already exist, so other forms may be more attractive.
Often, communications providers will use backhaul from the small cell to an existing macro cell.
Key challenges which each include backhaul management include:
Reliability – If a provider doesn’t deliver increased speeds and a consistent connection, customers will look to another provider.
Time – With new technology being deployed quickly, some providers may be at a disadvantage if they aren’t keeping up.
Costs – While initial investment may be required, if the backhaul method supports cost-effective deployment, it will be a better investment for the future.