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Backhaul as a critical factor in 5G rollout

08-16003801-16003801-telecommunications-towersWe’ve been pushing for greater policy attention to international backhaul markets since 2010. Haven’t said as much on domestic backhaul, but we have talked about that as a constraint as well. Good to have the FCC Chair on our side.

Supplying backhaul is a profitable activity for the largest carriers in the US, notably AT&T and Verizon. Others, including Sprint, complain the market is uncompetitive.

“To seize the opportunities to increase the deployment of mobile networks and to move towards 5G connectivity, we’re going to need a lot more backhaul to handle the massive increase in data traffic,” argued Wheeler to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

To achieve that goal, Wheeler reckons the backhaul market needs a shake-up.

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