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Mobile backhaul equipment market expected to jump 60% in 2009 to $5.9 billion

 

Campbell, CALIFORNIA, November 18, 2009—Market research firm Infonetics Research released the second edition of its 2009 Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services report, which tracks mobile backhaul equipment, connections, installed cell sites, and service charges.

 

ANALYST NOTES

“We see no letup in the mobile backhaul equipment market, as service providers around the world continue to upgrade their networks to handle the rapidly growing number of mobile broadband subscribers and their bandwidth-heavy habits. More than 100 operators are now deploying HSPA, with a coming wave of HSPA+ upgrades, WiMAX, and LTE, all to handle the skyrocketing mobile data traffic. And the most cost-effective way to do that is to transition from TDM to packet IP/Ethernet, which is driving the mobile backhaul equipment market,” explains Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.


“Ethernet-only microwave backhaul equipment is beginning to take off, particularly for WiMAX networks, which have no issues regarding voice timing and synchronization. Gigabit Ethernet ‘LTE-ready’ microwave backhaul products were launched this year, and more Ethernet-only microwave products are expected to launch in 2010 as mobile operators move to Ethernet-only products in preparation for HSPA+ and LTE, sparking an acceleration in the Ethernet microwave backhaul segment,” adds Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.


MOBILE BACKHAUL MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mobile backhaul equipment investments jumped a healthy 59% in 2008 to $3.7 billion worldwide, and Infonetics forecasts another 60% jump in 2009 to $5.9 billion
  • Infonetics expects more than 1.6 billion new mobile subscribers and about 700 thousand new mobile broadband subscribers between 2009 and 2013, which will require more base stations, more cell site connections, higher backhaul capacities, and equipment for each cell site connection
  • While Ericsson continues to lead the microwave mobile backhaul equipment market with about a quarter of worldwide revenue, there remains plenty of opportunity for smaller, more nimble players such as Harris Stratex, Ceragon and DragonWave to drive innovation and eat into the market share of the larger players

REPORT SYNOPSIS

Infonetics’ mobile backhaul report provides in-depth market analysis, select market share, and worldwide and regional market size and forecasts through 2013 for mobile backhaul equipment, connections, installed cell sites, and service charges. The report includes a mobile operator backhaul strategies tracker, technology roadmaps, market drivers, and pivot tables.

 

Companies tracked include Actelis, ADTRAN, ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, ANDA, BridgeWave, Calix, Cambridge, Celtro, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, DragonWave, ECI, Ericsson, Harris Stratex, Hatteras, Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Overture, RAD Data, Tellabs, ZTE, and many others.

 

Mobile backhaul equipment tracked in the report includes PDH NIU; ATM terminals, cell site gateways and switches; SONET/SDH and WDM; Ethernet cell site gateways; Ethernet cell site routers; DSL modems and DSLAMs; EPON and GPON ONTs/OLTs; coax cable modems and CMTS; microwave radio (TDM, Ethernet, dual TDM/Ethernet); WiMAX base stations; satellite modems and routers; and pseudowire and non-pseudowire enabled IP mobile backhaul equipment.

 

Mobile backhaul connections are tracked by equipment type and physical medium used (copper, fiber, air); cell sites are tracked by RAN installed (2G, 3G, WiMAX, LTE, mixed) and physical medium.

 

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"Gigabit Ethernet ‘LTE-ready’ microwave backhaul products were launched this year, and more Ethernet-only microwave products are expected to launch in 2010."

Richard Webb
Directing Analyst, Infonetics Research
Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services

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