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In the economically pressured world of mobile networks, efficient growth of the backhaul infrastructure is critical to financially viable mobile operator and access provider networks.

The adoption of Ethernet for Mobile Backhaul has been accepted by the vast majority. CE 2.0 for Mobile Backhaul brings answers to the challenges associated with managing rapid backhaul data growth while scaling costs to new revenues.

Scope of MEF Mobile Backhaul Work

  • CE 2.0 MEF Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement (Phase 2)
  • Efficient deployment of 4G/LTE plus legacy migration use cases
  • Small and Macro Cell implementation
  • New MBH Multi-CoS best practices: 16 recommendations
  • Packet & network-based synchronization
  • Multi-CoS, Service mapping, Resiliency Performance
  • Link & Service OAM, performance and fault monitoring
  • Fixed/Mobile Backhaul convergence

Impact of MEF Mobile Backhaul Work

  • CapEx savings, potential OpEx savings
  • Savings for Operators with better bandwidth utilization and service quality
  • Sustainable future for MBH


Mobile Backhaul Related MEF Papers Download

This latest collaboration between Small Cell Forum and MEF demonstrate that small cell technologies are coming of age thanks to scaling of deployments in residential, enterprise and now urban markets. These maturing technologies can now be applied to a range of rural and remote use cases that may not otherwise be viable using traditional deployment approaches. Small cells are well suited to deployment in rural villages, remote industrial sites, on transportation, and for temporary networks.

This paper helps operators, backhaul and service providers to understand the particular needs of rural and remote small cells from a backhaul perspective. It summarizes key aspects that must be considered when designing and deploying the transport network, and points to sources of further information.

This revised collaboration between Small Cell Forum and the MEF details backhaul for small cells deployed in an urban scenario. It helps operators, backhaul and service providers to understand the particular needs of urban small cells from a backhaul perspective. The document summarizes key aspects that must be considered when designing and deploying the transport network and points to sources of further information.

A recent SCF survey showed that backhaul was perceived as one of the main barriers to urban small cell deployment. The paper provides both technical and financial analysis which shows that feasible and cost effective solutions are available to address their concerns. The paper shows backhaul performance requirements vary depending on operator implementation and highlights the use of Carrier Ethernet Backhaul.

This December 2013 paper is the result of a collaboration between Small Cell Forum and the MEF, working together to accelerate the adoption of carrier grade backhaul and synchronization for small cells. Follow the link below to the Small Cell Forum

As LTE and LTE-Advanced are deployed in place of or along side 2G and 3G technologies, there are additional requirements on synchronization, including the wider need for very tight time synchronization. This paper describes these new requirements and the technologies available to fulfil those needs.

This MEF Best Practices document provides 16 recommendations for Backhaul Providers to optimize bandwidth resulting in considerable cost savings and improved application-specific quality of service.

The paper describes both Single CoS and Multi-CoS backhaul use cases. It provides the implementation recommendations for Multi-CoS mobile backhaul together with the rationale and implications of those choices in various scenarios. The paper also addresses the top challenges that Mobile Operators and Backhaul Providers face in moving to Multi-CoS Wireless Backhaul.

Historically, Mobile Operators obtained connectivity between their Cell Sites and their on-net Aggregation sites primarily

by leasing TDM circuits from third party Access Providers. Increasingly, Carrier Ethernet is the target solution for mobile backhaul with the Mobile Operator leasing Ethernet Virtual Connections from the Access Provider. Today, in the vast majority of cases, these EVCs are running a single Class of Service. While the use of Single-CoS EVCs is a way to get started, the MEF believes that the use of Multi-CoS EVCs for mobile backhaul is a much superior practice. This paper compares Single CoS backhaul to Multi-CoS backhaul, concluding that. Multi-CoS mobile backhaul results in substantial cost savings and that this lower cost Multi-CoS solution will result in equivalent or better quality than the Single-CoS solution.

Mobile Backhaul refers to the network between Base Station sites and Network Controller/Gateway sites for all generations

of Mobile Technologies. This document is based upon the MEF22.x Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement Technical Specification , which identifies the requirements for MEF Carrier Ethernet Services and MEF External Interfaces for use in Mobile Backhaul networks. Where possible, it specifies frequency and phase synchronization requirements for packet based synchronization methods and ITU-T Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE).

Customers increasingly demand more bandwidth and better service quality to meet their application needs.

Carrier Ethernet services are frequently the best selection to meet these requirements. This white paper provides an overview of how modern Microwave technology provides an efficient complement to copper and fiber in the access network.