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DOCSIS backhaul will help cablecos go mobile, but MNOs have other choices

Last week we looked at the latest activities by US cable industry R&D organization CableLabs, to position a combination of DOCSIS technologies and HFC as ideal for small cell backhaul. To follow on from that, we publish this analysis of DOCSIS’s opportunities in 5G, by our sister analyst service, Faultline, which provides weekly insights into the digital video markets. All the way back when Vodafone first bought Kabel Deutschland in 2013, it has been blithely stated that cable can provide backhaul for small cells. And it can – but what about small 5G cells? The advantage that cable has over other candidate technologies, with the exception of fiber, is that it has behind it a technology pathway organization – CableLabs…

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