This item has been moved to mature support. The capabilities have been replaced with Network Path Planner.


Backhaul Model

Backhaul Optimization can be used to optimize backhaul routes for fiber networks and cell towers.

The solution applies spatial analysis to a set of remote assets, such as cell towers, and fixed network access points to rapidly generate a network topology or plan detailing how remote assets can be connected to the network with optimized route lengths and reduced deployment costs. The workflow reduces network planning labor time, minimizes CAPEX for network builds, and provides a repeatable business process for RFP response and design consistency.


Backhaul Optimization requires specific technical experience and software.

Requirement Description
  • ArcMap (Standard or Advanced) 10.2.1, 10.5 - 10.8
    • 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
February 2021
  • Backhaul Optimization has been moved to mature support. The capabilities have been replaced with Network Path Planner.
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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