Mobile operators are under intense pressure to expand backhaul network capacity to meet the rapid growth in traffic. As they rush to deploy more Carrier Ethernet bandwidth, they are beginning to realize the complex nature of managing the performance of this new transport technology. This complexity is exacerbated by the quality of service (QoS) demands of the various types of services traveling over their networks and the multiple technical options available to deploy the new network infrastructure.
Despite the predicted cost advantages of Ethernet, many Mobile operators risk missing out on the opportunity to reduce operational costs due to their lack of familiarity in efficiently managing and assuring the performance of Carrier Ethernet transport networks.
While most mobile operators already have toolsets that provide some type of visibility into the traffic across specific backhaul links, many lack a consolidated, collaborative solution that provides a real-time, end-to-end view of their wireless backhaul network performance. To capitalize on the mobile broadband market, they must implement a proven, Metro Ethernet Forum-aligned (MEF) solution that puts pertinent and actionable data in the hands of the key functional groups responsible for deploying and assuring each stage of their wireless backhaul network lifecycles.