Operators turn to small cell backhaul

Staff writer
12 Jan 2012
Daily News

Operators are expected to offload more and more of their traffic over indoor and outdoor small cells, Wi-Fi hotspots and residential femtocells, according to Infonetics Research.

Co-founder Michael Howard said that while operators handle an average of 90% of their mobile traffic with macrocells and the backhaul network, they are already offloading about 10% of their traffic over the smaller means.

Operators intend to triple that to about 30% at some point in 2013 or later, with outdoor small cells seeing the most growth in use.

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