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LTE & WIMAX Backhaul Summit
North America, 2010


Technology & Business Tradeoffs for Fiber and Wireless Solutions



Keynote by: Verizon Wireless


With Carrier participation by:

AT&T Leap Wireless
MetroPCS T-Mobile USA
US Cellular Verizon Wireless


January 19-22, 2010



W Atlanta - Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30326    USA
Phone: 678-500-3100

Reservations: 1-888-627-7063
Fax: 678-500-3125



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Moderated by:
Don Brown, Director, IWPC



Summit Background:

As handset and device data usage increases exponentially, many operators are finding backhaul to be a bottleneck in today’s networks.  As many US operators have publicly stated, tomorrow’s network will be either LTE or WIMAX which may squeeze the bottleneck even tighter.  Backhaul deployments strategies and time to market become critical success factors to eliminate the backhaul bottleneck of today and in the future. 


Summit Goals:

The goal of this Summit is to bring together senior leaders from the entire fiber AND wireless supply chain to facilitate and stimulate breakthrough thinking on emerging technologies and manufacturing methods which, when coupled with market needs and timings, and key system cost drivers, can substantially drive down the cost of hardware and operating expenses associated with backhaul.


In short, the goal of this Summit is to create an open, interactive environment, where the entire supply chain can communicate, network, share technology requirements and capabilities, and achieve mutually desired goals.


The specific goals of this Summit are to:

  • Help the operators eliminate the backhaul bottleneck

  • Understand the backhaul requirements for LTE and WIMAX

  • Understand the demand and different requirements for twisted pair, coax, fiber and wireless backhaul

  • Understand the impacts on installation, maintenance, reliability on existing and new deployments

  • Identify tradeoffs on backhaul sharing

  • Identify ways to decrease time to market

  • Net net - reduce CAPEX and OPEX




Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

7:00 PM

Social and Networking
Reception & Registration

At Hotel

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:25 AM

Self Introductions

Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and share how they can contribute to this process

9:25 AM

Keynote presentation


Backhaul Requirements: Year 2015

Distinguished Member Technical Staff

Verizon Wireless Backhaul Planning

10:25 AM

Networking Break


11:05 AM

Wireless Operator Requirements
for LTe and/or WIMAX Backhaul

  • Time to Market Issues
    (Planning, construction, turn-up, testing & optimization)

    • What are the high data rate wireless network rollout plans for 2010, 2011, 2012 and beyond?

      • Throughput requirements based on realities of handsets and use cases?

      • Backhaul Network Topologies Options - Branching trees, rings and meshes:

        • What are the throughput requirements at different points in the network topology?

        • When to consider twisted-pair, coax, wireless, and fiber, or combinations?

        • QOS Issues

        • Latency Requirements

        • Reliability Issues

        • Load Balancing & Least Cost Routing Options

        • Cost Tradeoffs

      • What are the cost per bit benchmarks -  short term/long term?

    • Backhaul Planning considerations and requirements for combination of:

      • Twisted Pair (T1's, E1's)

      • Coax

      • Wireless (Ground, Satellite)

      • Fiber


        • Macro Base Stations

          • Including S2 and S3 relay requirements - base station to base station links for LTE

        • Micro Cells

        • Pico Cells

        • Femto Cells


        • Urban

        • Suburban

        • Rural

    • What are the migration requirements from legacy TDM & ATM to Ethernet/IP?

      • Alternate architecture and tradeoffs or performance and costs

      • Changes to synchronization requirements

      • Latency Requirements

    • How does the operator foresee coexistence of legacy TDM & ATM, and Ethernet/IP?

    • What are the overlapping costs for sustaining multiple backhaul networks?

  • Backhaul Service Availability (hardware and software)

    Define Terms: Availability = Statistical number of hours per year the system is down + the number of hours to complete a repair on a down system

    • Layer 1: Physical Layer - End to End for Various Services

      • Are there any differences between twisted pair, coax, wireless, and fiber availability?

        • Physical redundancy options

        • Link Protection

        • Repair Issues

        • Mean Time to Repair

    • Layers 2 thru 6: Data Link Layer, Network Layer Transport Layer, Session Layer, and Presentation Layer

      • What is the impact on availability between TDM, ATM, and Ethernet/IP?

    • Layer 7: Application Layer

      • What impact do options for layers 1 thru 6 have on quality of service for E-911 Voice, Voice, SMS, Web, Peer-to-Peer, and Video services?

      • How are these applications prioritized and how is this managed?

  • Future Proofing Networks

    • What future proofing plans are desired?

      • Trench once now, install fiber, and you are done?

        • What is the impact of trenching at "historical" or other sensitive sites?

      • OR - Rollout plans using lower cost installations now, and putting off fiber installations for the future?

        • What are the bandwidth scalability requirements?

      • How to migrate from legacy systems to future systems?

    • What "sharing plans" are desired for the future?

    • Are there any special backhaul issues/requirements for in-building networks?

    • Green Issues

      • Power Consumption and Carbon footprint of copper vs. wireless. vs. fiber?

      • Installation impact to environment?

      • End-of-life disposal issues?

  • Network Management

    • Security requirements for data paths from cell site to core?

      • What are the encryption requirements for backhaul applications above and beyond today's industry requirements?

    • "Traffic" and "bits" management requirements

    • Is there anything new required to monitor the status of all hardware and software assets for these future high data rate backhaul networks?

    • Impact of monitoring backhaul networks for macro, micro, pico, and femto cells?

  • Backhaul Business Models - past, present, future

    • For a nationwide network footprint, what are the issues in dealing with multiple backhaul providers vs. dealing with a few nationwide backhaul providers?

    • Backhaul Sharing

      • What are the perception challenges?

      • What are the Advantages and Disadvantages from operator's perspective?

      • What service levels are needed when?

      • What level of control is needed to ensure successful partnerships?

    • What are the business tradeoffs of scale, regional/centralized control, fees and management?

    • Cost and Tradeoffs - use cases

    • What business models desired for all fiber vs. all microwave vs. hybrid network solutions?

LTE Backhaul Considerations

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff


Backhaul Challenges in an Unlimited World

Manager, Backhaul Engineering

Leap Wireless



12:35 PM


Networking Lunch



1:35 PM

Backhaul Service Providers


Fiber, Wireless, Satellite, Coax, Twisted-Pair


Neutral Hosts, LECs, MSOs, Construction Companies

  • Time to Market Issues
    (Planning, construction, turn-up, testing & optimization)

    • How are future applications driving the need to think differently about backhaul?

    • How do next generation Ethernet IP backhaul services differ for macro, micro, pico & femto (compare and contrast)?

      • Packet loss?

      • Latency?

      • Costs per user?

      • Costs per bit?

    • For Femto Cells:

      • How do Business DSL and Cable Modem alternatives meet the requirements for Femto cells?

    • What are the time to market factors to be considered?

    • What are the planning limitations?

      • Costs versus Population Density

      • Urban vs. suburban vs. rural

      • Ground topology

        • for trenching considerations

        • for aerial installation considerations

        • for line of site considerations (for wireless)

    • What are the challenges to the base station (macro, micro, pico & femto) with twisted pair copper, coax, fiber, wireless for high data rate backhaul systems?

      • New skills for installation crews

        • Allowing time and cost for training?

      • New requirements at base station

        • Power, Testing, Installation

        • Impact on tower upgrades

  • Backhaul Service Availability (hardware and software)

    Define Terms: Availability = Statistical number of hours per year the system is down + the number of hours to complete a repair on a down system


    • What is the uptime availability and mean time to repair for various options?

    • What reliability of service can be provided for E911 voice, SMS, video, peer-to-peer, WEB?

    • How is redundancy build in and at what costs?

  • Future Proofing Networks

    • How can backhaul be future-proofed - from legacy networks to future high(er) data rate networks?

      • For LTE and LTE Advanced, using MIMO

    • Migration requirements from legacy TDM & ATM to Ethernet/IP

      • Alternate architectures and tradeoffs of performance and cost.

  • Network Management

    • How is the backhaul system monitored and managed?

      • across multiple networks owned and managed by multiple companies?

  • Backhaul Business Models - past, present, future

    • Can capacity on demand be provided? If so, How?

    • How can backhaul be aggregated to reduce costs for operators?

    • What are the limitations of providing highly reliable Ethernet services everywhere?

Backhaul Solutions for Macro, Micro and Pico Cells

Director, Carrier Product Management



Carrier Ethernet & TDM - Network Transport Solutions for Wireless Backhaul

Sr. Director, Network Operations

Bright House Networks



3:05 PM

Networking Break


3:45 PM

Backhaul Service Providers


Fiber, Wireless, Satellite, Coax, Twisted-Pair


Neutral Hosts, LECs, MSOs, Construction Companies




Tradeoffs and Economics of Hybrid Fiber-Microwave Backhaul Architecture

SVP, Network Services

Fiber Tower


Implementation Challenges of Fiber and Wireless Backhaul Networks - Capex and Opex Tradeoffs


WesTower Communications Inc.


Thinking Differently about Backhaul: Satellite Solutions

Director of Sales

Globecomm Systems


5:15 PM


Adjourn for Day



7:00 PM

Bus leaves for:


Dinner, Atlanta Style



(200 year old plantation)


Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

7:00 AM





8:00 AM

Panel Session


Operators, Service Providers,
Tower Companies, Neutral Hosts


  • AT&T

  • Brighthouse

  • Comcast

  • Cox Communications

  • Fiber Tower

  • Globecomm

  • Leap/Cricket

  • Metro PCS

  • T-Mobile USA

  • US Cellular

  • Verizon Wireless

  • Westower


9:00 AM



  • Time to Market Issues

    (Planning, construction, turn-up, testing & optimization)

    • How are systems helping the operator go to market faster?

    • How are macro, micro, pico and femto equipment supporting TDM, ATM, and Ethernet/IP concurrently?

    • What are the issues on creating a hybrid system with twisted pair, coax, wireless and/or fiber?

    • What are the legacy concerns while going towards Ethernet/IP?

    • How can products adapt to bursty and surges of high bandwidth requirements?

    • How can bandwidth on demand be provided?

    • How can business DSL and or cable modem services be offered as backhaul alternatives?

    • For wireless backhaul:

      • What are the capacity constraints for line of site (LOS) and non line of site (NLOS) applications?

    Backhaul Service Availability (hardware and software)

    Define Terms: Availability = Statistical number of hours per year the system is down + the number of hours to complete a repair on a down system


    • How can end-to-end visibility be achieved?

    • How much cost is added to get higher reliability?

      • How much does another 9 of reliability cost?

      • What is the impact to data rates?

    • How can long term reliability of outdoor equipment be achieved?

      • Split mount (electrical and antennas) versus integrated designs

      • Tower mount vs. building mount vs. pole mount

    • How does data rates versus cost versus range versus 9's of service for various weather conditions?

    • How can service level agreements (SLAs) be monitored down to the millisecond?

    • How can application availability be measured for E911 Voice, Voice, SMS, Web, peer-to-peer and Video for various weather conditions and ranges

    Future Proofing Networks

    • How can backhaul systems be made more scalable?

    • Green issues:

      • Power consumption & carbon footprint of wireless vs. fiber vs. copper.

      • Installation impact to environment

      • End-of-life disposal issues

    Network Management

    • How can remote management eliminate a truck roll?

    • What security methods are necessary to secure data over backhaul networks, end-to-end?

      • Can low latency still be achieved?

      • What encryption methods are necessary for secure applications like online services, such as banking?

    Backhaul Business Models - past, present, future

    • What are future standards requiring for backhaul?

    • How will self-backhauling reduce the OpEx of the operator?

    • What are the in-band backhaul challenges and issues?

Considerations for Building a 2G/3G/4G Backhaul Network

Fellow of Technical Staff



Challenges and Solutions for Wireless Backhaul – Any Media Access

Manager, Metro Ethernet




10:00 AM


Networking Break


10:30 AM



Competition or Synergy? Logistical and Economic Tradeoffs for Optical versus Microwave Backhaul

Director, Business Development



Backhaul Network Architecture, Synchronization and Security for LTE

Product Manager, Global LTE Backhaul



Multiservice Backhaul in a Flat IP Network

VP, Product Management



12:00 PM





1:00 PM



MMW Technology - Industry Review and Deployment Scenarios

Sr. VP, Engineering and
Product Management



Will a $3000 U$D gigabit mmWave link change the wireless-fiber balance?

Chairman and CEO

Siklu Communications


2:00 PM

enabling technologies

  • Installation

  • Backup power

  • Synchronization

  • Radio Solutions

  • Chipsets

  • Testing

Deployment Experiences in End-to End Synchronization of IP Backhaul

Vice President, Marketing
Brilliant Telecommunications


Building Adaptable & Scalable Backhaul Network Solutions

Sr. Product Manager



3:00 PM


Networking Break



3:30 PM

enabling technologies


Fiber Optic Cable - Total Installed Cost (and how to reduce it)

Wireless Market Development Mgr.

Corning Cable Systems


Lightning: A Real Threat to Down Time and Maintenance Costs

VP/Global Engineering & Product Management


4:30 PM



The Operators will be asked to recap the extent to which the workshop has addressed their wish lists.




5:30 PM


Take Aways & Closing Remarks



6:30 PM





7:00 PM

Dinner (Dutch*)


* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

8:00 AM


FiberTower Network Services Cell Site


Note:  Restrictions may apply--tour attendance subject to the Company approval

Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel. 




Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

January 8, 2010



ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.


We estimate that these costs will be $ 926.00 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members, only.)


ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.


Make checks payable to IWPC.



W Atlanta - Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30326

Phone: 678-500-3100

Reservations: 1-888-627-7063



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Mention the IWPC room block rate of $129.00 USD single occupancy.


Cut-off date for reservations is January 5, 2010  . After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.



The hotel is only 14 miles from the Airport.  For transportation details:  Click Here




A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.



Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.



Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!



IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.


For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. These pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

These materials will be copied and handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


Please send electronic materials




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