Wireless backhauls are an important part of telecommunications. They can allow small startups, and established LEC's as well, to penetrate unserved markets with speed and efficiency versus a comparable fiber option. LTE products from Baicells can serve high density deployments, while disruptively priced products from Ubiquiti and Mikrotik can wirelessly WISP (wireless internet service providers) customers. This allows carriers to deliver video, data and voice over wireless internet at a competitive price point and gain market share.
Wireless backhauls can also provide low cost redundancy for existing, single threaded fiber paths or allow increased capacity by offloading traffic from over-saturated circuits.