Qwest rolling out new fiber for cellular providers

September 18th, 2009 at 11:06 AM  No Comments

quest_logoQwest Communications has announced the launch of its new fiber-based, Ethernet backhaul service designed for wireless service providers, allowing providers to run fiber directly to cellular tower sites to accommodate for increasing bandwidth demands being places on them by more advanced smartphones, netbooks and other bandwidth-demanding systems.

“Wireless users seem to have an insatiable appetite for bandwidth, whether they’re watching videos, sending pictures to friends, playing games online – you name it,” said Roland Thorton, executive vice president for Qwest Wholesale.

Qwest says this new infrastructure is ideal for providers looking to migrate from existing SONET based services due to greater flexibility.

The new service will allow scalable bandwidth, enabling providers to increase capacity to sites on an incremental and as-needed basis. The bandwidth is managed by software, rather than hardware so the time required to perform provisioning of increased speed is reduced and operations are simplified.