It is not news that wireless service providers are upgrading their backhaul connections to support fourth generation networks. As a result, 2011 was the first year that wireless operators bought a higher percentage of wholesale metro connections at speeds above DS-3 (45 Mbps) than below that rate.
At the same time, Ethernet connections grew to represent 29 percent of new backhaul links, up from 16 percent in 2010.

“From 2010 to 2011, wireless buyers’ portion of local transport spending dedicated specifically to Ethernet increased by 13 percent, while for the rest of the industry, Ethernet spending grew five percent,” said company CEO Dr. Judy Reed Smith.
About 17 percent of executvies surveyed by Atlantic-ACM said they would increase buying of Ethernet private line connections in 2012
About 16 percent of respondents said they would increase buying of switched Ethernet services, while 14 percent said they would buy more Ethernet direct Internet access.
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    Second Generation
    A cellular telecom network that uses second-generation wireless technology. Such networks digitally encrypt phone conversations, and allow data services including SMS text messages.


    Third Generation
    A cellular network that uses third-generation wireless technology based on standards that support wireless voice telephony, mobile and fixed internet access, video calls, and mobile TV. Such networks are capable of data transfer rates of at least 200 Kbps and as fast as 21 Mbps.


    Third Generation Partnership Project
    International collaboration among telecommunications associations, with the purpose of developing and maintaining the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) specification for 3G mobile networks.


    Fourth Generation
    A cellular network that uses fourth generation wireless technology to deliver mobile broadband internet access in addition to voice and text messaging. Two synonymous 4G systems are commercially deployed: Mobile WiMAX an Long Term Evolution (LTE). LTE is the predominant system in the U.S.

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