Like the Interstate Highway system in the 1950s, building out a national LTE infrastructure in the U.S. is a major undertaking. The largest challenges in building out an LTE network consist of planning, staging and deploying the technology at maximum speed and with minimal costs. Mobile operators are in a tight race to build out LTE networks in the U.S. as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and backhaul is a key component of the job.
There are more than 300,000 2G/3G cell sites in the United States; LTE penetration is at approximately 50,000 sites today. Mobile operators want to have 95% of their footprints covered with LTE within the next year or two, so a massive construction project lies ahead with a tight timeframe for completing it…see the entire article at Telecom Engine.
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- Perspectives on CTIA (mobilecloudsummit.com)
- LTE – Lessons Learned So Far (blog.aviatnetworks.com)
- Diverse Wireless Network Topologies Cost Savings (blog.aviatnetworks.com)
- AT&T, U.S. Cellular buying 700 MHz licenses for LTE (fiercewireless.com)
- Report: LTE Connections To Hit 90 Million By Year’s End, 1 Billion By 2017 (techcrunch.com)