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Infonetics Research

March 29, 2011 15:40 ET

Infonetics Research: Microwave and millimeter wave equipment evolving to support next-gen RAN

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released excerpts from 2 market share, market size, and forecast reports: Microwave Equipment and Millimeter Wave Equipment, which separately track Ethernet, TDM, and hybrid microwave equipment and E-band and W-band millimeter wave radios used in backhaul, transport, and access networks.

"The nature of the mobile RAN is changing, with a shift to flatter IP-centric architecture bringing new cell site topologies as operators migrate to LTE. This means that macro sites will have to accommodate 2G, 3G, and LTE, plus there will be a greater proportion of small (micro/pico) cell sites to provide the coverage density required to support high bandwidth services. Microwave and millimeter wave technologies are evolving to accommodate the emerging next-generation radio access network, by offering higher bandwidth, flexible frequency options, and new backhaul radio form factors such as all-outdoor, zero-footprint solutions," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave at Infonetics Research.


  • Shipments of microwave equipment grew in 2010 over the previous year, but due to price erosion, particularly in the hybrid TDM/Ethernet equipment segment, overall revenue was relatively flat, at $5.6 billion (down 1%) worldwide
  • For the quarter, microwave equipment revenue inched up 3%
  • Market leader Ericsson gained 9 points of market share for worldwide microwave equipment revenue in just the last 2 quarters, capping 4Q10 with an 2-year high of over 25% share
  • NEC, Huawei, and particularly Alcatel-Lucent also posted strong 4th quarter results

Infonetics' quarterly Microwave Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts, vendor and service provider activity, technology roadmaps, market drivers, and in-depth market analysis. The report tracks revenue, units, and ARPU for TDM microwave equipment, dual Ethernet/TDM microwave equipment, and low- and high-capacity Ethernet equipment used in backhaul, transport, and access networks. Companies tracked include Adtran, Alcatel-Lucent, Aviat Networks, Bridgewave, Cambridge Broadband, Ceragon, DragonWave, E-Band, ECI, Ericsson, Exalt, Huawei, NEC, Nera Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, Proxim, SIAE, Siklu, Trango, ZTE and others.


  • The relatively small but fast-growing millimeter wave equipment market jumped 121% in 2010 to $69 million worldwide
  • The focus of the millimeter wave equipment market is quickly shifting from transport networks to mobile backhaul networks, driven in large part by Clearwire's adoption of millimeter wave technology as a backhaul solution in parts of its nationwide WiMAX network deployment
  • By 2015, Infonetics expects that 70% of millimeter wave equipment will be deployed in backhaul networks as the demand for high capacity mobile backhaul solutions for metro areas with high cell density and small cells in particular
  • NEC's launch of its ePASOLINK millimeter wave product line in late 2010 and the expected launch of millimeter wave products by other leading microwave equipment vendors in 2011 is projected to challenge the market share positions of millimeter wave specialists BridgeWave and E-Band Communications

Infonetics' biannual Millimeter Wave Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, market analysis, and forecasts through 2015 for E-band (75-90 GHz) millimeter wave equipment by network application (access, backhaul, transport), as well as forecasts for W-band (75-110 GHz) millimeter wave equipment. The report tracks units, revenue, and ARPU and follows BridgeWave, E-Band Communications, GigaBeam, LightPointe, Loea, NEC, Proxim, Siklu, and others.


To download report prospectuses, tables of contents, highlights, etc., log in to and go to RESEARCH, MOBILE BACKHAUL AND MICROWAVE.



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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