Backhaul Model

Whether responding to RFPs as a fiber network provider or deploying fiber to cell tower infrastructure, backhaul planning can be a time consuming and costly endeavor. Backhaul Optimization provides a repeatable business process to create initial network topologies using a geographic approach to optimize route lengths and reduce deployment costs. When given a set of remote assets (for example, cell towers) and a set of fixed network access points, the tools will quickly generate an optimized network topology or plan detailing how remote assets can be connected to the network.

The Backhaul Optimization solution can help to:

  • Reduce labor times for network planning
  • Minimize CAPEX for network builds
  • Provide a repeatable business process for response and design consistency


Backhaul Optimization requires specific technical experience and software.

Requirement Description
  • ArcMap (Advanced) 10.2.1, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5
    • ArcGIS Network Analyst Extension
Network Dataset

What you get

When you download the Backhaul Optimization, you'll find the following in the zip file:

Directory Item Description
MapsAndGDBs BackhaulOptimization.mxd A map document used to backhaul remote assets to the network.
BackhaulResults.gdb A sample geodatabase with backhaul results.
SampleData.gdb A sample geodatabase with asset and backbone data.
Tools\Backhaul.pyt The Python toolbox used to locate assets and perform backhaul optimization.
Tools\backhaul The folder containing the Python toolbox source code.
Tools\Symbology The folder containing the output symbology for the backhaul scripts.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Backhaul Optimization.

Date Description
January 2017
  • The scripts and model in BackhaulOptimization.tbx has been converted to a Python toolbox.
  • New parameter to restrict how many assets are included in the Closest Facility Solve.
  • New parameter to restrict how many remote assets can be daisy chained.
  • New parameter to extend the route from the network dataset to the assets.
  • Output routes and assets are now related to each other.
  • New script which locates assets, improving performance during the backhaul process.
November 2013
  • First release of Backhaul Optimization.

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