To meet forecast demand it is expected that mobile operators will need to deploy 10 times the number of base stations that they currently operate in high traffic areas. These will be a combination of today's large size macro cells, micro and pico cells that wil be mounted on lampposts, bus stops and any convenient structure, and WiFi.
The total value of the mobile backhaul market, globally, over the next five years has been estimated at $US44b. Technologies to backhaul over fibre, microwave and copper will all be needed for smaller cells to cater for different traffic levels and locations.
This latter, the company said: "further extends the recently announced Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio Metrocell Express 'build-operate-transfer' solution for turnkey deployments."
lightRadio is a base station technology unveiled by the company in 2011 that reduces a base station to a unit the size of a Rubik Cube. These can be deployed singly as picocells or multiple units and stacked to create micro and macro cells.
Alcatel-Lucent said that the enhancements to its mobile backhaul portfolio would "offer operators a consistent and cost-effective approach to delivering the backhaul resources needed to address massive increases in bandwidth, and also support the growing variety of wireless cell types and locations."
It added: "Alcatel-Lucent also is making it easier for mobile operators to manage data traffic across all types of backhaul links in a more cost-effective way while ensuring that mobile broadband services can be delivered with the levels of quality consumers are demanding."
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