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This report addresses the ways in which access network evolution is putting and will continue to put new demands on wireless backhaul.


  • Network evolution through 4.5G and towards 5G will pose significant challenges to the backhaul represented by wholly new and highly flexible network architectures and technologies.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the pressures on wireless backhaul from access network evolution.
  • Evaluate the importance of spectrum availability in future backhaul provision.

Key questions answered

  • What changes brought about by the move to 5G will have the greatest impact on backhaul?
  • What should be operators’ key considerations in preparing the transport network for 5G?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Backhaul evolution

  • The transition from 3G to 4G
  • Evolution of LTE
  • Comparison of MBH media options


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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