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The transition to LTE provides wholesale opportunities in demand for capacity for backhaul, small cell connectivity, and front-haul for cloud RAN. However, these opportunities come with challenges, particularly around pricing.


  • The evolution of RAN technology to LTE and beyond creates major opportunities for wholesalers to meet demands for backhaul with increased capacity.
  • Mobile operators are showing concern over backhaul solutions where pricing is based on capacity and are looking at dark fiber to control costs.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the opportunities for fiber wholesalers provided by changes in RAN technology and architecture.
  • Analyzes the challenges that wholesalers face in maximizing the opportunities provided by RAN evolution.

Key questions answered

  • What impact will the changes in RAN have on the demands mobile operators make on their suppliers?
  • What are the major considerations for wholesalers as they look to maximize the opportunities that RAN changes offer?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

RAN impact on backhaul through the generations

  • 3G and 4G increase data backhaul requirements
  • Wholesale opportunities

RAN architecture evolution demands more from wholesalers

  • The changing face of RAN capabilities
  • Front-haul for C-RAN


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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