- The definition of backhaul is the return trip a truck or cargo ship makes after making a delivery.
A load of goods that are transported after the primary load was delivered is an example of a backhaul.
- Cargo or freight that is transported on the return trip of a journey.
- a. The transmission of video or audio signals in an unedited format directly to a network or studio, usually by satellite.b. The material so transmitted.
- The part of a telecommunications network that connects the main body of the network with smaller subnetworks.
transitive verbback·hauled, back·haul·ing, back·hauls
(third-person singular simple present backhauls, present participle backhauling, simple past and past participle backhauled)
- (transport) A return trip after delivery of cargo.
- Low rates for backhaul account for the huge volume of waste paper shipped to Asia from the US.
- (military) The shipment of material to or through an area from which the material had previously been shipped .
- (travel, aviation, fare construction) travel to a destination via a further point, (a higher fare point), than the destination. (higher intermediate point)
backhaul - Computer Definition
- In telecommunications, referring to a leased line network configuration in which traffic is transported to a point that is geographically beyond and then transported back (hauled back) to the destination site due to the lack of a direct path between the originating and destination sites. Such an indirect design is much like the indirect route one might be forced to take from New York City west to Seattle and then back east to get to Spokane,Washington.
- In telecommunications, and particularly wireless networks, to transport traffic from a distributed node, such as a cellular base station or Wi-Fi access point (AP), to a centralized node, such as a mobile telephone switching office (MTSO) or Internet service provider (ISP), respectively. See also AP, base station, cellular radio, ISP, MTSO, node, Wi-Fi, and wireless.
The original definition of backhaul was to transmit a telephone call or data beyond its normal destination point and then back again in order to utilize available personnel (operators, agents, etc.) or network equipment not available at the destination location. For example, depending on distances and service arrangements, it might be cheaper to send a telephone call on a private line to a location way beyond the destination and then dial up the destination, which is back in the other direction. High-Capacity Lines The term evolved into a more generic meaning and often refers to transmitting from a remote site or network to a central or main site. It implies a high-capacity line; for example, to backhaul from a wireless mesh network to the wired network means aggregating all the traffic on the wireless mesh over one or more high-speed lines to a private network or the Internet.