Mobile phone use has jumped dramatically in the last few years, with more and more people choosing to use mobiles. Networks have made it possible for 90% of the planet to have mobile communication, and there is now also an increasing demand for internet connection through mobile devices including tablets and smartphones. In fact, it is estimated that by 2017 mobile networks will account for over 50% of all IP traffic. This demand has resulted in a number of challenges to network operators, who want to meet customer demand but also want to have a cost-efficient and effective service. One way in which mobile companies have increased their service is through the use of backhaul communications. These communications allow you to provide a faster and efficient service to your customers.
What is the purpose of backhaul connections?
If you want to provide mobile connection as part of your mobile network provision, then you will have to take the time to create a pathway to and from your customer. The most common reason to build these connections is to allow your customers to have a greater choice when it comes to mobile connections, and to allow simple communications through the internet such as email and text. Backhaul is most commonly used to describe the transport of packages (collections of data) from the mobile to the internet or main network provider. Most backhaul is performed over the link between a communication tower receiving messages from the mobile, and the network centre at the end which receives those communications. Having your own backhaul is the most cost-effective way of handling this data transfer, and most mobile networks operate their own mobile backhaul solutions in order to control costs and manage the transfer of data within their own network.
What types of mobile backhaul connections are available?
When you want a mobile backhaul connection, there are several different options available for you. You can choose to have the traditional copper-wiring connection, which is laid down in pipes below residential and commercial streets, and may even be built into larger buildings such as high-rise apartments. This type of wiring is the most traditional, but is also the slowest and least economical of the available options. You may also choose fibre-optic installation, which is again fitted in pipes below residential areas. This is the most popular of the available mobile backhaul solutions, but may be limited in its use by the cost of installing it in rural areas. Microwave technology is the third most common form of backhaul communications, and can be operated by smaller businesses as a more affordable option, allowing them to reach a wider and more rural audience.
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