http://www.lightreading.com/document...&site=lr_cable. They "say" it won't but with so much obnoxious behavior by companies these days, it would not surprise me if there is a wink-wink, nod-nod agreement in place.
I support the right to keep and arm bears.
When Digitial Cable came out in the late 90's, that caused the cable co's to do huge upgrades to their network and put them years ahead of anything anyone else has done (especially Time Warner as much as i despise that company, but i've seen them not spare any expense on upgrading to fiber to future-proof themselves as in Ohio they went from the last place awful analog provider to top tier in a matter of about a year)
Granted my TWC example is Columbus where they had competition from two other Cable co's depending on the part of town and AT&T landline (somewhat but not really since they're DSL) - but i've seen what can be done by a cable co.
Left: Apple iPhone 5 on T-Mobile Unlimited LTE, On the right CenturyLink DSL at Home:
A lot of the towers Verizon uses around my area actually use Cox fiber.
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WDS node by backhauling on unused GSM channels. Very handy for very rural areas and developing countries. Not a good idea where spectrum allocations are tight.
Point being that there are lots of options, not all of which work in every situation. Being an affiliate of an incumbent wireline carrier gives a wireless carrier a huge advantage wrt backhaul.
P.S. I'm talking mostly "last-mile" backhaul. Backhaul from the concentrator to the switch is a whole different animal with many options for 3rd party fiber, etc.
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has a microwave aimed at this tower located on the other side of Hempstead Harbor on Long Island:
I am not sure which tower the link supports but the water tower near me has quite a few fiber connections to it. The other tower is off of a golf course and may have had issues with getting sufficient back haul to it.
Microwave is also pretty "bomb-proof". A lot of backhaul failed in Hurricane Katrina. The FCC expedited approvals for a lot of microwave links to quickly replace the failed backhaul. So, many towers in this area have microwave backhaul, at least as a backup.
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Actually, after you pay for the installation, it's cheap. The problem is that microwave channels are limited, so they are mostly usable in rural areas. They also take up space on the tower, for which the tower company must charge.Originally Posted by jarrodpd
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I think it's true that when a company has "Long Lines" in it's name that they usually use microwave... true?
I'm thinking of LongLines Wireless (current) in Iowa, and AT&T LongLines (past?).
T-Mobile. Connecting you when you need it most... disconnecting you when you need to connect with God's beautiful creation! Service is great in cities and highways, but in rural areas they leave you with just your surroundings. I encourage you to get T-Mobile, disconnect for a while!
I am glad that God is not like cell phone coverage. He does not hide behind mountains or loose us down long windy roads. The Lord levels mountains, and He makes our paths straight!
Verizon (at least here in SC) uses a LOT of microwave backhaul.
I know they do it to save a buck and I can understand that.
There is a site here that I looked at that has more backhaul pulled in than you can shake a stick at
but Verizon was using microwave... ok.. whatever.
This particular site had AT&T, TW Telecom, Dukenet, Windstream and Spirit Telecom pulled in and in use.
ALL fiber to boot.
They could have used one of those providers but they prefer their microwave.... no wonder their LTE sucks here.
Verizon maxes at around 7 down 2 up... I guess if they can't rob wireline here like they do up in New England they will just use their cheap microwave instead.
I was told by some peeps that I know in TW Telecom that they pull their fiber rings into cell sites and that T-Mobile and AT&T use them for backhaul.
I can see that being the case... T-Mobile averages 15-20 down in a lot of places and I am sure a lot of that is due to their network being underutilized.
AT&T is like.... 2
Here in Phoenix, T-Mobile uses mostly Cox and Sprint's fiber, and i usually pull ~15-25Mbps on my amaze unless im in an over crowded area then i'm still looking for ~10Mbps, but still much better than AT&T and VZW provide here.
I will say though that T-Mobile has a ton of market share in Phoenix as you see Tmo phones out everywhere (well pretty much everyone who didnt jump ship for iPhone)
Verizon is has DOMINATE market share there at 45%, followed by T-Mobile then nearly the same market share for AT&T and Sprint as well.
Verizon having nearly half the market, I would think they would be a bit slower than a company that has 16%