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Microwave Backhaul Strategies in India
Backhaul in the Indian telecom network is predominantly based on microwave and accounts for a significant portion of transport backhaul network capex. It continues to be a critical component in the short to medium term, until fiber connectivity becomes widely available.

Huge investments were made in the microwave backhaul segment during the 2G evolution. Though fiber is scalable for increase in traffic from 3G/BWA, it is difficult to deploy (especially in dense urban or remote rural areas), so microwave backhaul dependency is bound to increase.

Indian telcos require microwave solutions that are intelligent to categorize services based on priority, service levels and traffic. Better quality of service (QoS) and less latency are the key differentiators for a sustainable backhaul deployment. Allocation of bandwidth will differ between a voice call and that of data usage. At the aggregation layer, both fiber and microwave media need to be supported depending on the density of data traffic.

The microwave backhaul segment foresees moderate growth but is expected to recover, as the importance of managing traffic growth has raised a serious bottleneck in microwave backhaul. There is no single technology that can meet the entire backhaul requirement. Backhaul capacity will depend on the service strategies and level of IP in the base station.

E-band microwave systems can be an overlay on the existing microwave backhaul network to meet the capacity demands. Microwave backhaul networks will be a major component in connecting the uncovered rural towns (~60,000) for mobile and data coverage.

Microwave Backhaul Strategies in India provides an in-depth view of the microwave backhaul market in India, focusing on emerging areas such as E-band, femtocell deployment and the transition to all-IP-based networks. The report also addresses effective management of the telecom network without the need to swap existing infrastructure. Key vendor profiles and innovations in backhaul segment are also included.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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Microwave backhaul is used in most mobile sites (~80 percent) and is a dominant choice for backhaul in India. Being in a price-sensitive market, Indian telcos opted for very low-cost, easily de-featured, compact and low-capacity microwave equipment in their backhaul during 2G deployment. The rural landscape in India mostly has microwave backhaul network due to direct line of sight, which is essential for microwave operation and low traffic profile.
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Suppliers profiled in this report include: ECI Telecom Ltd.; Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; NEC Corp.; and Tejas Networks India Ltd.
Total pages: 15
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