Backhaul for Small Cells Challenges and Opportunities

Can The Economic Challenges
Be Met By Technology Innovation?

Microwave, MMwave, LoS, NLoS, Fiber, & Copper
Architectures, Performance, Management,
Cost & Scale Tradeoffs

Hosted by:

Plus Tour: Sprint Mobile Technology Labs


January 31st -

February 3rd, 2012


Crown Plaza Kansas City

Overland Park, KS - USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

No Press. No Analysts. No Consultants.
No 3rd Party Sales Reps.

Confirmed Carriers

C Spire Wireless
Cox Communications
Cricket Communications
Time Warner Cable

Confirmed Speakers or Panel Members

Accedian Networks
Bel-Air Networks
Blinq Networks
Cambridge Broadband
Cyan Optics
DesignArt Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks
Ruckus Wireless
TE Connectivity

Agenda (Subject To Change)

DAY 1 January 31


7:00 PM

Social and Networking

Reception and Registration


DAY 2 February 1


7:00 AM

Breakfast and Continued Registration



8:00 AM

Opening Remarks and Self-Introductions

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



9:00 AM

Host Keynote Opening Remarks and Presentation

  • Defining The Challenge

  • Spectrum Issues and Availability

  • Defining Small Cell Deployment Scenarios - What Carriers Need in a "Backhaul Toolkit"

  • What is The Scale of The Small Cell Opportunity

    • Deployment Timescales?

    • Small Cell Volumes Compared To Macro Cells?

  • Understanding the Backhaul Ecosystem Within The Context of Small Cells

  • Can The Economic Challenges Be Met By Innovation?

    • Defining The Opex Tipping Point For Viable Small Cell Solutions

  • Considering Quality versus Cost - What Are The Metrics?

    • Considering Carrier Grade Systems versus Consumer Electronics

  • Considering the Cost of Deploying and Servicing Increased Numbers of Cell Sites To Achieve Optimal Coverage and Capacity

    • Quantifying CAPEX and OPEX

  • Backhaul Considerations for HetNets - Total Throughput, Latency, Availability

    • Are small cell backhaul requirements the same as for macro network?

Defining the Challenges of Small Cell Deployment and the Consequential Backhaul Requirements

           Manager, Technology Dev.

           CTO Office


10:15 AM

Networking Break


10:55 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • Practical Challenges of Deploying Small Cells

  • Spectrum Issues and Availability

  • Small Cell Deployment Scenarios - Applications, schedules, potential volumes

  • Modeling of Access Costs Including Backhaul

  • From Concept to Reality - Technical and Economic Considerations For Small Cells

  • Ensuring Quality of Service and Consistent User Experience Across A Range of Backhaul Solutions

  • Comparing Macro Cell Truck Roll Costs with Small Cell Maintenance

  • Exploring Technology Options For The Macro, Micro and Picocell Tool Box

  • Understanding Security Demands

A Small Cell Deployment Leveraging Existing Fiber-to-the-Node Access Infrastructure for Backhaul and Power

           Lead Member of Technical Staff


11:45 AM

Networking Lunch


12:45 PM

Impact of Small Cells on Network Architecture
Radio Access OEM Perspectives

  • How Are Small Cells Impacting RAN Architecture and Backhaul Requirements?

  • Considering Alternative Small Cell Architectures

  • Exploring The Impact of SON on Backhaul Solutions For Small Cells 

  • Is There a Case For An Integrated BTS and Backhaul Solution

  • Quantifying The Capacity Challenge

Backhauling the Cells

  • HetNet and Small Cells

  • Small Cell Base Station Types and Backhaul Options

  • Typical Indoor and Outdoor Deployment Cases

  • Categorization of Small Cell Backhaul Solution Options

  • Viability of Backhaul Technologies for Different Deployment Types

The Path to Small Cell Success is Wireless Transport

           Director, Product Strategy
           & Management

           Alcatel Lucent


Deployment Scenarios for Small Cells

           Portfolio Strategy Manager and
           Strategic Product Manager  


2:05 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM

Planning, Installing, and Servicing Small Cells

  • Exploring Opportunities To Ease Deployments (are pre-configured nodes including backhaul an option?)

  • What Role Will SON Play in Managing Small Cell Backhaul Systems

  • Managing A Seamless Heterogeneous Network – Monitoring Faults and Configuration Management

  • Applicability of Zone Deployments (aggregators, etc.) – Although good for eNB design; does it hold true for backhaul as well?

  • What design tools will be needed (planners will need to tackle RF Access while simultaneously taking on challenge of backhaul design)

    • If we go for NLoS are their tools for planning?

  • Performance: when designing deployments, how to maximize reliability and quality while minimizing cost

  • Security - What are the issues, opportunities and challenges?

Cell Site Connectivity Deployment Strategies

           Market Development & Strategy

           TE Connectivity


Considerations for Hardware Design in View of Unobtrusive Appearance, Easy Installation and High Reliability

           Senior Product Manager



Fiber Backhaul and Management Tools




4:15 PM

Panel Session

  • Wired versus Wireless

  • Considering Shared Backhaul

  • Quality of Service

  • Management and Maintenance


  • Sprint

  • AT&T

  • C Spire Wireless

  • Clearwire

  • Cox Communications

  • Cricket Communications

  • Alcatel Lucent

  • Ericsson

  • NEC

  • ZTE

5:15 PM

Adjourn For Day


6:30 PM

Bus Leaves for Dinner

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.

DAY 3 February 2


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

Backhaul Systems
Considering the Ability of Wired and Wireless Solutions to Meet Carrier Business Objectives

  • How Can New and Innovative Technologies Meet Economic Demands

  • Delivering Optimized Small Cell Solutions within Budget

  • Assessing Wireless Trade-offs – Capacity, Coverage, Quality and Cost

    • Microwave/Millimeter Wave

  • Considering Cabled Solutions:

    • Fiber/Copper/Has Powerline Evolved Enough for Mainstream Applications?

  • Installation issues

  • Combining Licensed and Unlicensed bands within the small cell

    • Implications on deployment, propogation, backhaul, and back office integration

  • Simulations of Macro v Small Cells – Would latency be good enough to solve the challenges

  • Timing and synchronization.

    • Do we need IPSec to reduce latency?

    • GPS v 1533 for timing.

  • If we go for NLoS are their tools for planning?

  • Assessing Cost-Effective Models for Providing Power to the Small Cell

  • The Case for Integrated versus Non-Integrated

    • Optimum Usage Scenarios and Trade-offs

  • Assessing Line of Sight versus Non-Line of sight Solutions

    • Optimum Usage Scenarios and Trade-offs

  • Point to Point versus Point to Multipoint

    • Optimum Usage Scenarios and Trade-offs

  • Considering Zoning / Aggregation

    • Zones of small cells, which all talk to each other and have one aggregation point

  • Cost, Scaling and Performance Models – Which Technologies Fit Specific Deployment Scenarios

  • Do Hybrid solutions Play a Role in Small Cell Backhaul Deployment

  • Operational issues - Integration and Interoperability, Latency versus performance

  • Can TD-LTE be used for Small Cell Backhaul

Practical Wireless Backhaul Deployment for Small Cells

           LTE Small Cell Transport/Synchronization Architect

           Nokia Siemens Networks


Flexible Backhaul for Small Cells

           Director, Wireless Product Marketing



Combining Licensed and Unlicensed Bands in Small Cells


           BelAir Networks


Advanced Micro Cell Wireless-Backhaul Strategies

           VP, Product Management


10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Backhaul Systems

Considering the Ability of Wired and Wireless Solutions to Meet Carrier Business Objectives



Big Data Pipes for Small Cells Traffic (Using Millimeter Waves)

           VP, Marketing

           Siklu Comm.


Practical Aspects of Millimeterwave Small Cell Backhaul Solutions

           Senior VP, Business Dev.



11:40 AM


12:40 PM

Backhaul Systems

Considering the Ability of Wired and Wireless Solutions to Meet Carrier Business Objectives




Smart Non-Line of Sight Backhaul: A Practical Way to Deploy Small Cells

           Senior VP



Making Small Cell NLOS Backhaul a Reality

           VP Marketing & Business Development



NLOS Deployment Scenarios

           CTO & GM, Backhaul



Meeting the Small Cell Business Requirements: Backhaul Self-Optimizing Networks in Sub 6 GHz Spectrum


           Blinq Networks

2:40 PM Networking Break  

3:10 PM

Subsystems and Technology Enablers
How Can Technology Innovation Help Carriers Meet Their Business Objectives?

  • Assessing The Microwave Radio Spectrum

    • What bands are available - 2-100GHz?

    • Bandwidth available by Band

    • Antenna restrictions, by Band

  • Spectrum Efficiency, How Do We Increase Performance?

  • Understanding The Impact of Small Cells - Timing and Synchronization

    • Do We Need IPSec to Reduce Latency?

    • Can The Iuh Interface Play Beyond Femtocell Deployment Scenarios?

    • GPS v 1533 For Timing

Wireless HetNet Backhaul - Facilitating HetNet Deployments

          VP, Marketing

          DesignArt Networks


A New Kind of Network: Open Indoor Femtos for Both Indoor and Outdoor Coverage

          Staff Engineer


4:10 PM

Closing Panel Lead by Sprint

  • Considering The Backhaul Challenge, Are Small Cells Economically Viable?

  • Trade-Off Considerations -

    • Which Technology Fits Which Use Case

    • Integrated Solutions versus Best In Class Building Blocks

  • Reviewing Carrier CAPEX and OPEX Demands For Small Cells

  • Can Small Cell Backhaul Solutions Meet Carriers Economic Requirements?

Backhaul Vendors 

  • Cox Communications

  • Accedian Networks

  • Airspan

  • BelAir Networks

  • Blinq Networks

  • Bridgewave

  • Huawei

  • NSN

  • Siklu Comm

  • Radwin

  • Ruckus Wireless

  • Taqua

5:15 PM

Takeaways & Closing Remarks


6:00 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.

DAY 4 February 3


9:00 AM

Leave Hotel



12:00 PM
Return to Hotel

Tour: Sprint Mobile Technology Labs
Note: Restrictions may apply--tour attendance subject to Sprint approval.

Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel. 


  1. What is the deadline for handout materials?
  2. Who are the attendees?
  3. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  4. Hotel information?
  5. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  6. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  7. Will business cards be collected?
  8. What is the dress code?
  9. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: January 16th, 2012.

  2. Who are the attendees?
    • We do not permit the Press.
    • We do not permit Analysts.
    • We do not permit Consultants.
    • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.
    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.

  3. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    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), Presentation materials, audio/visual costs, etc.

    We estimate that these costs will be $747.00 (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.

  4. Hotel information?

    Crowne Plaza Kansas City, Overland Park
    12601 West 95th Street
    Lenexa, KS 66215
    Phone: (913) 217-1000

    Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Mention the IWPC room block rate of $99.00 USD single occupancy. If making reservations on-line, please enter group/convention code IWPC.

    Reservations can also be made online at:

    Cut-off date for reservations is January 20th, 2012. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.

  5. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    From Kansas City International Airport (30 Miles Away): From NW 120th St., go east and then turn left onto I-29 North to I-435 South. Take I-435 South to I-435 East. Take I-435 East to I-35 North. Take exit #224 off of I-35 North. Turn right at W. 95th St. Turn right at Lenexa Drive and the Hotel will be on the left.

  6. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    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.

  7. Will business cards be collected?

    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.

  8. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!

  9. How will handout materials be provided?

    IWPC prepares a memory stick with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to include on this memory stick. 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 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 use this FREE FTP site to send electronic materials (any size file):