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Mobile Backhaul in China: Sizing the Market Opportunity
In mainland China, operators' network development plans have long focused on mobile communication services, and mobile backhaul is pivotal to next-generation mobile broadband services. Mobile backhaul provides secure and reliable transmission between base stations and base station controllers (BSCs), using different physical media, such as fiber, copper, or microwave, in the radio access network (RAN) layer of mobile networks. Because all customer terminals get access to mobile networks to use mobile services through the RAN, the quality of mobile backhaul determines the overall quality of the mobile user's experience.

The concurrent arrival of 3G/beyond third generation (B3G) mobile networks, mobile data services, and all-IP networks is putting much higher demand on mobile backhaul. Operators are seriously considering how to build upgradeable, reliable mobile backhaul installations that can carry different new and old mobile services at lower operating expenditure (opex) and capital expenditure (capex).

As one of the fastest-growing telecom markets in the world, China attracts great attention. 3G deployments further raise the heat, while mobile backhaul takes approximately 25 percent of the whole mobile network investment. Though China's backhaul market is growing, it is saturated with vendors; there is not much space for new entrants. The giants enjoy the big slices of this huge and growing pie, while small vendors try to pick up the crumbs when niche market opportunities appear.

Mobile Backhaul in China: Sizing the Market Opportunity outlines and forecasts the backhaul market in mainland China, both nationally and regionally, and explores and analyzes the current backhaul arrangements and future plans of China's three major operators: China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. The report also presents a comprehensive analysis of 10 large and small backhaul technology suppliers in mainland China.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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Mobile backhaul capex is most likely to be driven by deployment of 3G services over the next two to three years. Though China's operators are deploying three different 3G networks, only one standard is likely to emerge as the dominant force in China. In terms of deployment timeframe, China Mobile is taking the lead because the government wants TD-SCDMA as the dominant standard; however, user experience, vendor support, and technology maturity will likely determine the winning standard.
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Companies profiled in this report include: Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU); China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL); China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CHA); China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU); Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); FiberHome Technologies Group; Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Nokia Siemens Networks B.V., a joint venture of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); Shenzhen China-Light Electronic Co. Ltd.; and ZTE Corp.
Total pages: 16
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