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Andrew Schmitt comments on Infinera’s announcement of an upgraded mobile anyhaul (front/backhaul) optical transport system.

Andrew Schmitt, industry analyst and founder of research firm Cignal AI, notes that “this is a very small market outside of China, but as Western operators look towards 5G upgrades and the increased density and bandwidth required, a new fronthaul/backhaul infrastructure is mandatory. This is a market that Transmode has been focused on for some time — well before it was acquired — and is a good example of the kinds of engineering skills that Infinera acquired outside of its traditional area of expertise.”