SOURCE: LightCounting


November 30, 2015 09:00 ET

Mobile Fronthaul Optics Market Will Hit $1 Billion by 2020

LightCounting Report Also Predicts Product Mix Will Shift to Longer Reaches and Higher Speeds Due to Adoption of C-RAN and LTE-A

EUGENE, OR--(Marketwired - November 30, 2015) - LightCounting Market Research is pleased to announce the availability of its newly updated "Mobile Fronthaul Optics" report and forecast, which provides a detailed look at the mobile fronthaul and backhaul market opportunity for optical transceivers, from today through 2020.

Key findings discussed in the report include:

  • Annual fronthaul link deployment will hit 12 million by 2020 due to completion of initial LTE rollouts and capacity increases via LTE-A
  • Fronthaul optical transceiver sales will grow to more than $1 billion by 2020
  • There will be a significant shift toward higher speed and longer reach devices
  • Fronthaul transceiver revenues will be ten times greater than those of backhaul devices

"Gigabit speed fiber-optic fronthaul systems are a key ingredient of high-performance mobile broadband networks," said John Lively, Principal Analyst at LightCounting. "The fronthaul market segment will consume more than 17 million optical transceivers in 2015, with a market value of $540 million. Transceiver suppliers will have to be nimble to capitalize on this opportunity, however, because product mix will change considerably over the next five years. "

LightCounting's 70+ page Mobile Fronthaul Optics report covers current and future fronthaul architectures, service provider deployment strategies and trends, component requirements, products sold today, and products needed for future fronthaul systems. Leading vendors of fronthaul equipment and components are profiled and historical transceiver shipment data is included, along with a visual guide to mobile network equipment.

The companion wireless optics forecast spreadsheet contains a five-year forecast of fronthaul transceiver shipments, prices, and revenues, broken down by five speeds, three reaches, and grey vs. colored optics. A backhaul transceiver forecast with similar detail is also included.

To order the Mobile Fronthaul Optics report and accompanying spreadsheet featuring the detailed quantitative analysis and forecasts, contact George Stojsavljevic at

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