SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

June 17, 2010 14:12 ET

Infonetics Research: NEC edges ahead of Ericsson in microwave equipment, market slows in first quarter

LONDON--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its first quarter of 2010 (1Q10) Microwave Equipment market share and forecast report. The report tracks TDM, dual Ethernet/TDM, and Ethernet-only microwave equipment split by backhaul, transport, and access.

"Though some of the first quarter decline in the microwave equipment market can be attributed to an expected seasonal weakness, it also reflects current service provider capital intensities (revenue-to-capital-expenditure ratios), which are still at historic lows. Whilst mobile operators cannot afford to cap their investment in mobile backhaul networks, they remain generally cash-conservative, and so many are stalling backhaul upgrades," explains Richard Webb, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices.


  • The worldwide microwave equipment market hit $1.4 billion in 1Q10, down 10% from 4Q09
  • Year-over-year, from 1Q09 to 1Q10, the microwave equipment market is up 15%
  • Drivers remain strong for the microwave equipment market, namely expansive growth in mobile traffic driven by mobile broadband adoption, spurring service providers to upgrade their networks
  • Worldwide, the microwave equipment market, including TDM, dual Ethernet/TDM, and Ethernet-only microwave equipment, is forecast by Infonetics to hit $7.1 billion in 2014
  • The majority of microwave equipment purchased (81% in 1Q10) continues to be deployed to backhaul traffic for mobile backhaul networks
  • NEC moved into the #1 position in 1Q10 for worldwide microwave equipment revenue, edging ahead of perennial rival Ericsson

Infonetics' quarterly microwave report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts, vendor and service provider activity, technology roadmaps, market drivers, and in-depth analysis. The report tracks revenue and units for TDM microwave equipment, dual Ethernet/TDM microwave equipment and low- and high-capacity Ethernet equipment, each split by backhaul, transport, and access.

Companies tracked include Adtran, Alcatel-Lucent, Aviat Networks, Bridgewave, Cambridge Broadband, Ceragon, DragonWave, E-Band, Ericsson, Exalt, Huawei, NEC, Nera Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, Proxim, SIAE, Siklu, Trango, ZTE and others. 


See the MOBILE BACKHAUL AND MICROWAVE area on Infonetics' online service portal (


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.

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