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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 20, 2009

Aurora Helps Cable Operators in Cell Tower Backhaul Business

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Helping cable operators to compete for a share of the backhaul business, Aurora Networks has announced a standards-based system that will enable the cable operators explore the growing demand for backhaul capacity from wireless network towers.
Cell tower backhaul represents a huge business opportunity for cable operators. Demand for media-rich mobile communications is continuously driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. This lucrative market is estimated to be worth more than $15 billion by 2011, Aurora Networks officials said.
The cell tower backhaul solution features by Aurora Networks includes new components, field units and a transceiver module. Cable operators will now be able to use their existing fiber networks and equipment from Aurora Networks and future-proof their cell tower backhaul services in an economical way. Aurora Networks' cell tower backhaul system features the GT3410A T1/E1 Access Module. It also includes Ethernet-based circuit emulation with which TDM traffic can be delivered over high-capacity Ethernet fiber.
“Cable operators are in the perfect position to address the growing needs of the cell tower backhaul market with an integrated fiber solution,” John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing, Aurora Networks, said. “The cost-effective wireless backhaul solution Aurora Networks provides addresses this growing opportunity, and it puts cable operators in an ideal situation to compete aggressively with other companies serving the cell tower backhaul market.”
The GT3410A delivers Aurora Networks' market-proven Ethernet-over-cable transport capabilities when deployed at base stations and base station controllers. The GT3410A offers both the T1/E1 and pure Ethernet support needed by the wireless careers. According to company officials, GT3410A meets the stringent requirements of cellular backhaul.
Recently, the company announced the expansion of its sales team in attempts to address the broadband stimulus demand for its “future-proof cable solutions.” Accordingly Buford Keene, an expert with more than 27 years of experience in cable networks, design and Ethernet-based architectures; has been named southeast regional account manager, announced the company.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire