DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) today unveiled an innovative approach for wireless service providers (WSPs) to adapt to the increasing demand for cell tower bandwidth while simultaneously decreasing their connectivity cost per megabyte. With the introduction of Qwest® Adaptive Broadband™, Qwest Wholesale customers now have a “bridge” from their legacy infrastructures, with their limited bandwidth and high unit costs, to emerging technologies, which offer more bandwidth and lower unit costs. Qwest® Adaptive Broadband™ provides a flexible and seamless migration path that lets WSPs upgrade at their own pace and as capacity needs require.
- Wireless data traffic is expected to double every year through 2014 driven by the proliferation of smart phone devices and associated mobile applications.
- In order to avoid network congestion, WSPs are significantly augmenting the bandwidth that connects their cell sites to the switching network by upgrading their existing connections to fiber-based Ethernet technology.
- The solution provides WSPs improved pricing on high-bandwidth and cost-efficient Ethernet connections with total-spend discounts.
- Qwest® Adaptive Broadband™ also speeds the delivery of these Ethernet connections to cell sites via simplified contracting, ordering and construction prioritization.
- Under Qwest’s Fiber to the Cell (FTTC) initiative, the company is building out fiber to customer cell sites and expects to serve approximately 2,000 sites by the end of the year.