Converged Backhauling

Removing Bottlenecks, Unleashing Growth!

Agility in service delivery is critical for long-term success. Major service providers require a high level of flexibility to be able to offer residential, business, mobile, and wholesale services to their subscribers.

The backhaul segment constitutes a vital part of an operator's network, as it has to support diversifying users, services, and applications with different requirements that cannot be addressed with a single universal network design approach. In addition, applications - such as residential triple-play, business Ethernet and mobile broadband - are about to create a bandwidth crunch in the upcoming years. Meanwhile, circuit-based traffic is already being transformed to packet-based. All these facts advocate toward the adoption of a new approach for transporting traffic over backhaul networks capable to support multiple protocols and technologies.

The global take off of mobile broadband and relevant applications force mobile operators to determine the best and quickest way for delivering new services to capitalize on consumer demand, without compromising the reliability and security that users expect. Responding to this challenge, INTRACOM TELECOM offers state-of-the-art mobile backhaul solutions that use Ethernet Pseudowire and IP/MPLS technologies for a seamless migration from 2G/3G and beyond. The benefits include reduced CapEx & OpEx, faster time-to-market and accelerated time-to-revenue, while existing network deployments can be leveraged without forklift upgrades or major service interruptions.

Regarding the trend of technologies convergence and flattened network architectures, INTRACOM TELECOM responds with advanced optical backhaul solutions for providers and operators needing to deliver profitable mobile, residential and business services to demanding users. The offered solutions combine optical networking and service layer technologies into a single seamless platform, thus enabling the cost-effective migration of network infrastructures and the preparation for next-generation services delivery.


  • Minimization of backhaul costs - decouples costs from bandwidth
  • Investment which covers both current and future backhaul needs - disconnect services from technological changes
  • Quality of Service and traffic multiplexing under the full control of the service provider:
    • Quality (QoS) according to the service type and end-to-end traffic engineering.
    • Backup mechanisms for maximum service availability.
  • Automated service activation for minimum operational costs (OpEx).

The converged backhaul solutions from INTRACOM TELECOM meet and exceed the customers' expectations for investment protection, reliability and assured profitability.

Mobile Backhaul Solutions

The offered mobile backhaul solutions exhibit distinct features and benefits, which help mobile operators build contemporary broadband networks in the most cost-effective manner:

  • Lowest-cost RAN transport, which decouples cost from capacity:
    • MPLS pseudowires enabling legacy ATM / TDM backhaul over Ethernet.
    • Statistical multiplexing for efficient bandwidth utilization.
  • Future-proof backhaul investment decoupling services from transport technology evolution.
  • Automated provisioning approach for lowest cost delivery:
    • Homogeneous management process across MW, fiber and Ethernet.
    • Easy-to-integrate into OSS / BSS systems.
    • Highly automated provisioning tasks.
    • Lowest operational cost.
  • Service quality and traffic aggregation are under operator's full control:
    • Service-aware QoS & traffic engineering across the network.
    • Resiliency for maximum service availability.
  • Seamless evolution toward LTE.

Optical Backhaul Solutions

By combining high modularity and scalability, the WDM optical networking solutions from INTRACOM TELECOM seamlessly connect broadband access systems (i.e. DSLAMs, FTTx) with the core network and PoPs, while incorporating a powerful set of features, including:

  • Single & dual fiber working options – ideal for broadband backhaul.
  • Multi-service capabilities enabling the transport of virtually any service type – SDH / SONET, GbE, fiber channel, etc. – over a single wavelength.
  • Fixed – Mobile convergence for integrated operators.
  • L0 / L1 / L2 / L3 switching functionality.
  • NG-ROADM features (colourless, directionless).
  • Resiliency.
  • SLA monitoring and bandwidth profiling.
  • QoS.

The converged backhaul solutions from INTRACOM TELECOM cover a wide range of applications for service providers, fixed / mobile operators and enterprises:

Mobile Backhaul

The offered mobile backhaul solutions support the operators' existing service, and at the same time prepare their networks for the upcoming 4G era. Targeted customers include:

  • Established GSM mobile operators having deployed a large base of older-generation Base Stations and planning / preparing for packet data take-off.
  • Established WCDMA operators having deployed 3GPP R99 and R4 ATM-based radio networks.
  • Integrated fixed and mobile operators that want to use a single network for backhaul and have plans for fixed / mobile convergence.
  • Wireline / fixed operators with legacy traffic and network modernization needs.
  • New WCDMA operators (3GPP R5+) with a need for a unified and converged IP/MPLS backhaul network.

Optical Backhaul

The offered optical backhaul solutions meet the customer requirements for capacity, scalability and reliability, while aiming at different applications, as follows:

Broadband Backhaul

Service provider revenues from voice may be declining, but broadband data services, such as high-speed Internet access and standard (or high) definition on-demand TV and video services, are on the rise, increasing the ARPU for wireline and wireless operators.

Broadband access deployments, with IP-DSLAM, VDSL2+ or FTTx, require low-cost and high-capacity optical transport networks. Meeting this requirement is vital for the commercial viability of the offered service and for the end users' quality experience.

Through its highly-advanced solution offerings, INTRACOM TELECOM enables broadband operators and service providers to maximize the capacity of their existing infrastructure and simultaneously minimize the associated CapEx and OpEx costs.

Business Service over Ethernet

Enterprise-oriented services, which are transported over Ethernet, are rapidly growing.

This is primarily due to the cost and ease-of-use advantages that Ethernet offers over legacy technologies such as SDH / SONET. Typical business services include:

  • LAN interconnection.
  • High-speed Internet access.
  • Remote backup.
  • Secure data delivery.

With a vast expertise in packet switching and optical transport, INTRACOM TELECOM has the capabilities to address the ever-increasing needs for Ethernet services. The offered best-of-breed solutions feature Ethernet-aware capabilities to ensure the advanced functionality required by the business Ethernet applications.

INTRACOM TELECOM also makes available passive WDM solutions for service providers needing to serve business and residential subscribers in metro and high-density areas. Designed for distributed use, these solutions allow the easy and economical movement of the WDM segment (CWDM or DWDM) closer to the edge of the access / aggregation optical network for significantly higher bandwidths without the need for additional active units.

Storage Area Networks (SAN)

More and more companies respond to the new data protection legislation with storage extension solutions designed for storing copies of business-critical data at multiple sites.

INTRACOM TELECOM offers fiber-based bandwidth solutions, which support business continuity and disaster recovery applications to provide ideal transport for storage networking between Data Centers.

For metro areas, where fiber is available, INTRACOM TELECOM provides WDM platforms of ultimate flexibility for channel and Data Center LAN networking.

The offered solutions can utilize a wide range of modules to implement the appropriate client protocols and speeds, with a corresponding network output of multiple 2.5 G or 10 G wavelengths, and beyond to up to 40 G and 100 G. The supported clients include: ESCON®, FICON®, Fiber Channel, and 1 GbE or 10 GbE.


INTRACOM TELECOM has built a strong ecosystem of industry-leading partners to best satisfy its customers:

  • Cisco Gold Partner.
  • Juniper Elite Partner.
  • Tellabs Partner.