The introduction of an Ethernet-based mobile backhaul network is a tricky affair. First, it is critical to appropriately size the infrastructure components that constitute the network—because not being able to do so defeats the whole purpose behind moving to a flexible and scalable technology: i.e., cost containment. In a Carrier Ethernet environment, the traditional approach of oversizing your network infrastructure to meet growing mobile data traffic demands becomes counterproductive as it would defeat the purpose of Ethernet as a more cost-effective, alternative technology. Furthermore, rightsizing is not a one-time activity; it is an ongoing process to keep up with new traffic patterns that may result from disruptive business decisions (e.g., the introduction of iPhones) or user and demographic behavior (e.g., New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve).