Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Millimeter wave market set to double in 2013, fueled by LTE backhaul

ENGLAND: Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Millimeter Wave Equipment market share, size, and forecasts report, which tracks unlicensed E-band, licensed E-band, and W-band millimeter wave equipment by network application (access, backhaul, and transport).

“An increasing number of mobile operators are deploying millimeter wave to augment their existing microwave macrocell backhaul deployments,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi at Infonetics Research. “The enhanced capacities made possible by millimeter wave are proving to be a viable solution for backhaul in metro areas where range limitations aren’t always problematic.

“The market is on track to more than double this year, followed by continued healthy growth going forward, powered by the increased use of millimeter wave for LTE macrocell backhaul and small cells—most of which use the unlicensed 60 GHz band.”

* Infonetics expects the global millimeter wave equipment market to grow to just under $600 million by 2017.

* BridgeWave retains its overall market share leadership, capturing just under a third of total millimeter wave revenue in 2012.

* A market share shakeup is expected over the coming months as major microwave vendors including Aviat Networks, Ericsson, Fujitsu, and Huawei launch millimeter wave products.

* In the early years of the millimeter wave market, most deployments were for access-based applications for enterprise and fixed operator customers, whereas mobile backhaul is now and will remain the predominant driver of the market going forward.

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