As mobile carriers upgrade their networks to Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G, they will have to embrace a new concept known as fronthaul. This will create a market opportunity for optical transceiver vendors that could be worth nearly a billion dollars over the next five years, according to research from analyst firm LightCounting.
Less than two decades ago, the idea of mobile communication was a novelty and the possibility of mobile data was not much more than a dream. But within the past three or four years that dream has really become a reality, and checking email or Facebook, sending photos, and watching YouTube clips on smartphones are now normal parts of everyday life.
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