SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

November 18, 2009 14:53 ET

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

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - 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.

"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 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


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, Cambridge, Celtro, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, DragonWave, ECI, Ericsson, Harris Stratex, Hatteras, Huawei, Juniper, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Overture, RAD Data, Tellabs, ZTE, and many others.

For a complete list of companies, equipment, connections, cell sites, and service charges tracked, contact or log into or join Infonetics' service portal:



-- Ericsson and NEC neck and neck in growing microwave equipment market

-- Mobile backhaul equipment market growing fast, with no letup in sight

-- Smartphone sales to overtake standard mobile phones by 2012


--  Larry Howard, Vice President:, +1 408-583-3335
--  Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe,
    Middle East:, +1 408-583-3395

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

Contact Information

  • Lead Analysts:
    Michael Howard
    Co-founder and Principal Analyst
    Carrier and Data Center Networks
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408-583-3351
    Email Contact

    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst
    WiMAX, Microwave, and Mobile Devices
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408-583-3369
    Email Contact