MEF unveils new mobile backhaul initiative

By Telecom Lead Team: The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has
launched its mobile backhaul initiative for 4G/LTE, which will bring a
technical solution to the challenged backhaul.

introduced its mobile backhaul initiative with an integrated suite consisting
of the MEF 22.1 Mobile backhaul implementation agreement, MEF 23.1 multi-CoS
implementation agreement, and a technical business paper clarifying the urgency
and justification of migrating to multi-CoS if cost-effective expansion and
efficient deployment of 4G/LTE are to be achieved.

It also includes other technical guidance on best practices and
a new paper on packet-based frequency synchronization.

With the technical solution, mobile operators will be able to
make 25 percent backhaul savings. Additionally, access providers will be able
to achieve up to 3x revenue growth over their existing network infrastructure,
while delivering equal or better end user experience.

Mobile Operators all agree that the industry’s single biggest
challenge and operating cost is in delivering the bandwidth needed for 4G/LTE
backhaul,”  said Nan Chen, president of MEF.

The MEF said that these significant benefits are powered by
Carrier Ethernet’s innate ability to support Multiple Classes of Services
(Multi-CoS), which is newly standardized as MEF 23.1 Multi-CoS Implementation

Multi-CoS is a breakthrough in delivering sustainable quality
and profitable deployment of mobile services, because it allows highly
efficient bandwidth usage – with less dependency on over-provisioning, combined
with more responsive QoS delivered to more users,” said Nav Chander, senior
analyst at IDC.

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 190
organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs,
network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors, testing
organizations and training houses.

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