Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday Review: Don't have a cow, man

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 29 October 10

BBWF 2010 proves that copper is not dead, Europe has a way to go on fibre, and operators are looking to small cells to help ease the mobile capacity crunch.

One of the more interesting anecdotes at Broadband World Forum this week came from Telstra CTO Hugh Bradlow, who explained how his company copes with spikes in demand for mobile network access. At the annual Birdsville Races Festival, the Queensland town of Birdsville's population swells from around 200 to several thousand, Bradlow explained, placing significantly greater demand on the mobile infrastructure. Telstra's solution: roll out a cow. A 'cell on wheels', or COW, uses satellite backhaul and can provide bandwidth of anything from 500 kbps to 8 Mbps, Bradlow said. Mobile backhaul was one of the key themes of this year's show. Bradlow reminded conference attendees that 90% of Telstra's network has Ethernet backhaul, at a panel session in which telcos and analysts debated the importance of quality of experience over network speed to broadband customers…

One of the more interesting anecdotes at Broadband World Forum this week came from Telstra CTO Hugh Bradlow, who explained how his company copes with spikes in demand for mobile network access. At the annual Birdsville Races Festival, the Queensland town of Birdsville's population swells from around 200 to several thousand, Bradlow explained, placing significantly greater demand on the mobile infrastructure. Telstra's solution: roll out a cow. A 'cell on wheels', or COW, uses satellite backhaul and can provide bandwidth of anything from 500 kbps to 8 Mbps, Bradlow said. Mobile backhaul was one of the key themes of this year's show. Bradlow reminded conference attendees that 90% of Telstra's network has Ethernet backhaul, at a panel session in which telcos and analysts debated the importance of quality of experience over network speed to broadband customers…

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