Copper strikes back as an alternative for mobile backhaul

February 19, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Providing mobile telecommunications operators with a unique opportunity to dramatically enhance their copper-wired base stations' capacity, mBond™ from Genesis Technical Systems will be on show at Mobile World Congress.

The demand for affordable, superfast broadband is rising significantly as the number of consumers using wireless devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops continues to increase.

As well as increasing numbers of users, there are changes to the mix of devices and services being used, leading to new patterns of use, and equally importantly new locations for heavy data usage. Whereas in the voice market, mobile is all about mobility, this is not necessarily the case in the data market. Data usage is nomadic, and centred on a small handful of locations — the home being amongst the most important.

As a result, an increasing proportion of mobile data traffic is issuing from suburban areas. Within just two years, it is forecast that approaching one third of all mobile data traffic will derive from suburban locations, compared to less than one fifth today.

The company's mBond helps operators meet these backhaul demands by delivering bandwidth of up to 150 Mb/s over 1 mile. It effectively aggregates available bandwidth per pair, e.g., if each pair can deliver 10 Mb/s, then 12 pairs will provide 120 Mb/s. Any number of pairs can be bonded, and when even more bandwidth is required the bonded pairs may be grouped.

Deployed quickly and easily, mBond is the ideal solution for suburban areas since they are already frequently serviced by large-format Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), which are largely copper-based. It addresses the challenge operators have to enhance their backhaul as quickly as possible, whilst minimising capital and operating expenditures, brought about by a proliferation of new devices and rapidly altering data traffic patterns.

“It is estimated that by 2016, data traffic from suburban areas will have doubled in volume — and although still a minority in total traffic, the importance of consumer experience in these areas will be critical,” said Stephen Cooke, CTO, Genesis Technical Systems, “mBond is able to provide 150 Mb/s over a mile