SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

April 12, 2011 07:46 ET

Infonetics Research: IP/Ethernet at 89% of all mobile backhaul spending; Ericsson expands microwave lead

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 12, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research recently released its 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.

"As operators refresh their 2G networks and transition to 3G, they almost universally adopt IP/Ethernet as the mobile backhaul solution to lower the costs of growing mobile data traffic, using IP as the base technology for 3G, LTE, and WiMAX networks. And the momentum is growing: 89% of the money spent on mobile backhaul equipment in 2010 was for IP/Ethernet gear, with the fastest growth happening in Ethernet cell site routers and gateways and Ethernet packet microwave equipment," explains Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave at Infonetics and contributor to the forecast report, adds: "The radio access network is changing; there is a perceivable transition to IP-centric base stations, co-located 2G, 3G, and 4G base stations, and smaller, more densely deployed base stations. The microwave vendors are responding by broadening their portfolios with products tailored to this new environment, ensuring that microwave stays flexible, cost-effective, and credible as a backhaul solution."


  • The mobile backhaul equipment market grew 10.3% in 2010 over the previous year, to $6.84 billion worldwide
  • Over the long term, demand for Ethernet microwave equipment will remain healthy, driven by demand for Ethernet-based radios for macro and smaller cell base transceiver stations; however, unit pricing will gradually erode, particularly for hybrid TDM/Ethernet gear, inhibiting revenue growth
  • The addition of almost 1.5 billion mobile subscribers and 1.6 billion mobile broadband subscribers between 2011 and 2015 will require more base stations, more cell site connections, higher backhaul capacities, and equipment for each cell site connection
  • Ericsson increased its lead in mobile backhaul microwave radio equipment revenue share, posting its best quarter in at least 2 years
  • As of the second half of 2010, Alcatel-Lucent, Tellabs, Cisco, and Huawei together own over 3/4 of the fast-growing Ethernet cell site routers and gateways segment

Infonetics' biannual Mobile Backhaul report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2015, 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 include 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 include Actelis, Adtran, ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, ANDA, BridgeWave, Cambridge, Celtro, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, DragonWave, ECI, Ericsson-Redback, Hatteras, Huawei, IPITEK, Juniper, MRV, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Overture, RAD Data, Tellabs, Turin, ZTE, and others.


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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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