SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

August 12, 2009 14:43 ET

Infonetics Research: New survey names carriers' biggest IP/Ethernet backhaul challenges

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - August 12, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released results from its latest report, IP/Ethernet in Mobile Backhaul Networks: Global Service Provider Survey, which helps determine current carrier thinking about the drivers, barriers, and expected timing on the movement to IP and Ethernet backhaul.


ANALYST NOTE

"The move to IP/Ethernet backhaul is well underway, but not without challenges. The strongest barrier to adopting IP/Ethernet backhaul is the lack of Ethernet services to cell sites, and many service providers are responding to the challenge by deploying fiber to their copper-fed cell sites, and offering services. Operators and transport providers believe that packet timing/synchronization is not ready for 2G/3G voice traffic, so manufacturers should focus on development, interoperability, and deployment efforts to overcome the issues surrounding this perception," said Michael Howard, Infonetics Research's co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks.


SERVICE PROVIDER SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

--  Mobile backhaul equipment is a hot market: carrier investments jumped a
    healthy 19% in 2008 to $4.6 billion worldwide and are expected to near
    $11 billion by 2013, as the Internet goes increasingly mobile

--  The top three events triggering IP/Ethernet deployment include
    deploying LTE, installing IP base stations with an IP lub interface or
    with Ethernet, and adding high capacity high speed packet access
    (HSPA+)

--  Respondent service providers perceive that there are challenges to
    overcome, such as timing/synchronization issues, and many therefore are
    pursuing a dual or hybrid strategy

    --  60% will leave voice traffic (still the main revenue source) on
        existing TDM backhaul facilities through 2011 or later

    --  By 2011, 73% will have voice and data on a single IP/Ethernet
        backhaul in parts of their network

--  40% of respondents will have 5% to 10% of their cell sites backhauled
    using Ethernet microwave by the end of 2010

REPORT SYNOPSIS

Infonetics' IP/Ethernet in mobile backhaul networks survey provides a strategic overview of wireless, competitive, MSO, and incumbent mobile network operators and their deployment plans, strategies, drivers and barriers, as well as estimates of the percentage of cell site connections where they will use each of 11 technologies: Ethernet microwave, PDH (T1, E1), SDH/SONET, IP/Ethernet, PON, WiMAX, cable, DSL, and satellite.

Survey respondents divide almost equally among EMEA, North America, and Asia Pacific, and influence the purchase decision for mobile backhaul network equipment in companies that command 33% of the world's telecom capex and 28% of telecom revenue.


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FOR SALES:

--  Larry Howard, Vice President: larry@infonetics.com, +1 (408) 583-3335
--  Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe,
    Middle East: scott@infonetics.com, +1 408.583.3395
    

RELATED RESEARCH

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

-- Microwave equipment market hits $4.9 billion in 2008, led by Ericsson and NEC

-- Ethernet and IP MPLS VPN services growing in the face of downturn


UPCOMING RELATED RESEARCH

-- Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services (Nov. 11)

-- Microwave Equipment (Sept. 8)

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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Contact Information

  • Lead Analyst:
    Michael Howard
    Principal Analyst, Carrier and Data Center Networks
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583-3351
    Email Contact

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