Infonetics Reports: Macrocell Mobile Backhaul and Millimeter Wave for Small Cell Backhaul

Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services report, which ranks mobile backhaul equipment vendors, identifies market growth areas, and provides analysis of equipment, connections, cell sites, and service charges.


.    Infonetics expects global macrocell backhaul equipment revenue to inch up to $8.1 billion in 2013, an increase of just 1% from 2012
.    IP/Ethernet is the clear driver of the macrocell backhaul market, performing the heavy lifting for ever-growing mobile bandwidth usage
.    94% of macrocell backhaul equipment spending in 2013 will be on IP/Ethernet gear
.    Fiber is making up an increasing share of mobile backhaul installed connections, growing to 43% in 2017
.    Ethernet microwave radio is forecast by Infonetics to grow at a 36% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2012 to 2017, the highest of any equipment segment

“Though it’ll be slow growth ahead for the macrocell mobile backhaul equipment market, this is still a huge market, one for which we expect operators to spend a cumulative $43 billion over the five years from 2013 to 2017,” notes Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

“Looking at the big picture, microwave TDM spending is declining, but the IP packet parts are gaining,” Howard adds. “We look for microwave revenue to dip slightly this year, while Ethernet microwave grows through 2017. IP edge routers will peak this year and then rumble along slightly downhill, with the strongest downward pull from Asia Pacific, countering the worldwide microwave momentum.”



Infonetics’ biannual macrocell mobile backhaul report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends for macrocell mobile backhaul equipment, connections, installed cell sites, and service charges by technology. Companies tracked: Accedian, Actelis, Adtran, Adva, Alcatel-Lucent, Aviat Networks, BridgeWave, Canoga Perkins, Celtro, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, DragonWave, ECI, Ericsson, FibroLan, Huawei, Intracom, Ipitek, Juniper, MRV, NEC, NSN, Overture, Positron, RAD, Siklu, Telco Systems, Tellabs, Telrad, Thomson, ZTE, and others.

A separate Millimeter Wave Equipment report tracks unlicensed E-band and licensed millimeter wave equipment by market application (access, backhaul, and transport).

.    In the first half of 2013 (1H13), worldwide millimeter wave equipment revenue totaled $64 million, up 45% from the second half of 2012 (2H12)
.    The millimeter wave market in EMEA comprised 61% of overall market revenue in 1H13, with growth coming from the UK, Germany, and Russia in particular, where 3G operators are deploying millimeter wave to support bandwidth backhaul in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
.    70-90 GHz (licensed) equipment accounted for 81% of millimeter wave sales in 1H13
.    Israeli vendor Siklu was a major driver of unit volumes in 1H13 with its EtherHaul licensed millimeter wave products
.    Sub10 Systems also saw increased activity and customer engagements in 1H13, predominantly in the 60 GHz range, where it plays a role in driving overall unit volume growth

“A number of factors are converging to power robust growth in the millimeter wave equipment market-wider adoption by operators, price erosion, spectrum availability, and the continuing demand for backhaul capacity. Infonetics is forecasting a 61% compound annual growth rate for millimeter wave gear from 2012 to 2017,” reports Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi at Infonetics Research.

Webb adds: “From 2014, licensed and unlicensed millimeter wave will play an increasingly significant role in outdoor small cell backhaul, driving the total market for equipment as deployments start to scale.”


Infonetics’ biannual millimeter wave report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends for unlicensed E band (60GHz), licensed E band (70-90GHz), and W band (75-110GHz) millimeter wave equipment by network application (access, backhaul, transport). The report tracks units, revenue, and ARPU and follows Aviat Networks, BridgeWave, CableFree, E-Band, ECI, Ericsson, Fujitsu, GigaBeam, Huawei, Intracom, LightPointe, Loea, NEC, Proxim, SIAE, Siklu, Sub10 Systems, and others.

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