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

"The nice bump up in the mobile backhaul market in 2011 was due in large part to a surge in Ethernet mobile backhaul router purchases in China," explains Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research. "We expect the China surge to subside in 2012, impacting the overall market; then slow, steady growth in this already-large market should resume in 2013." 

Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave at Infonetics, adds: "Roughly 55% of the world's mobile backhaul physical connections are on microwave, and more than half of all mobile backhaul equipment revenue in 2011 came from dual TDM/Ethernet microwave and packet-only microwave equipment combined."


. The global mobile backhaul equipment market grew 8% to $7.4 billion in 2011, following a 10% increase the previous year

. Infonetics forecasts a cumulative $39 billion will be spent on mobile backhaul equipment over the 5 years from 2012 to 2016

. Ericsson maintained its lead in the mobile backhaul microwave radio market with 22% of global revenue in 2011; meanwhile, Huawei took the lead in quarterly revenue for the first time in 4Q11

. Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Huawei, Tellabs, and ZTE lead the fast-growing Ethernet mobile backhaul routers and gateways segment

. IP/Ethernet equipment makes up more than 90% of all mobile backhaul equipment spending, driven by operators looking to lower mobile data traffic costs, accommodate the 3G mobile broadband data transition, and move to IP as the basic technology of LTE (and WiMAX)

. About 150 mobile operators are actively deploying IP/Ethernet backhaul, up from 100 in 2010 and 25 in 2009


Infonetics' biannual Mobile Backhaul report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2016, and in-depth analysis for mobile backhaul equipment (copper, fiber, air); connections; installed cell sites (2G, 3G, LTE, WiMAX, mixed), and service charges. Technologies tracked: PDH and ATM over PDH, SONET/SDH and WDM, Ethernet copper and fiber, DSL, PON, coax cable, microwave, TDM, Ethernet, WiMAX, and satellite, with a breakdown of IP mobile backhaul equipment. The report also tracks vendor and operator mobile backhaul activity and mobile operator backhaul strategies.

Companies tracked in Infonetics' mobile backhaul report include Accedian, Actelis, Adtran, ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aviat, BridgeWave, Cambridge, Canoga Perkins, Celtro, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, DragonWave, ECI, Ericsson-Redback, Fujitsu, Huawei, IPITEK, Juniper, MRV, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Omnitron, OneAccess, Overture/Hatteras, RAD Data, TelcoSystems/ANDA, Tellabs, Transmode, ZTE, and others.

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. Latest Infonetics Mobile Backhaul and Microwave newsletter:

. Millimeter wave gear to grow at 63% CAGR; Ethernet microwave growing 5-fold by 2016

. Small cell market to hit 3 million units in 2016, driven by urban area capacity upgrades

. New study details operator plans for small cell backhaul

. NEC, Ericsson get top marks from carriers in latest Infonetics Research microwave survey


See MOBILE BACKHAUL AND MICROWAVE or SMALL CELLS AND WIFI OFFLOAD at for report highlights, tables of contents, etc.

. Download Infonetics' 2012 Research Publication Calendar:

. Femtocell Equipment Market Share and Forecast

. WiFi Offload and Hotspot Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey

. WiFi Offload Equipment Market Share and Forecast

. Microwave Equipment Market Share and Forecast - 1st Quarter 2012

. Microwave Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey

. Mobile Backhaul Wireline Equipment Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey

. Small Cell and LTE Backhaul Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey


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. Infonetics Research's Top 2012 Trends


Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

April 12, 2012