|By Business Wire
|December 10, 2012 04:48 PM EST
Market research firm Infonetics
Research today released excerpts from its new Outdoor
Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Outlook. The
report forecasts the fastest growing segment of the small cell backhaul
market -- outdoor small cell backhaul -- in 8 discrete categories: the 3
forms of wireline (copper, fiber, DSL) and the 5 forms of wireless
(licensed and unlicensed millimeter wave and point-to-point,
point-to-multi-point, and non-line-of-sight, or NLOS,
microwave). The report tracks and forecasts outdoor small cell backhaul
equipment revenue, units, connections (aka links) and small cell sites
by medium (copper, fiber, air).
Co-author of Infonetics' new small cell backhaul report, Michael Howard, Co-founder and Principal Analyst for Carrier Networks at Infonetics Research (Photo: Business Wire)
“There’s been wild speculation on the small cell opportunity -- some
that lump together small cells with residential femtocells, WiFi
hotspots, and in-building and outdoor. Our latest research focuses on
just the new, faster-growing outdoor small cell backhaul equipment
market,” says Michael
Research’s co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks.
“After fielding several small cell operator surveys and working directly
with chipset manufacturers, mobile operators, small cell vendors, and
backhaul equipment vendors for more than 2 years,” Howard
continues, “we are now able to reliably calculate the size of the market
and build realistic forecasts. We expect a cumulative $5 billion to be
spent worldwide on outdoor small cell backhaul equipment between 2012
and 2016, with the market kicking into high gear in 2014. This is in
addition to the nearly $44 billion being spent on macrocell backhaul
equipment during the same 5-year period.”
Webb, directing analyst for microwave and mobile offload at
Infonetics and co-author of the report adds, “We expect to see
significant shifts in the type of equipment vendors use to backhaul
outdoor small cells, with millimeter wave and non-line-of-sight, or
NLOS, equipment becoming the top segments of the market by 2016.
Millimeter wave equipment has a high capacity (1Gbps in a single
channel) and very low latency, and nearly all of the operators we’ve
interviewed are evaluating millimeter wave for small cell backhaul.”
OUTDOOR SMALL CELL BACKHAUL MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
There is no silver bullet backhaul solution for all small cell
deployment scenarios, as each depends on multiple variables, including
location, form factor limitations, local regulations, available power
and network, and cost
As a result, mobile operators and backhaul transport providers need a
diverse tool kit of solutions for small cell backhaul; Infonetics
expects all the outdoor small cell backhaul technologies it tracks to
grow at high double- to triple-digit percentage CAGRs
through at least 2016
The number of outdoor small cell backhaul connections is forecast by
Infonetics to grow more than 100-fold from 2012 to 2016
Wireless microwave equipment, including various types of microwave and
millimeter wave, accounts for 89% of all outdoor small cell backhaul
equipment revenue in 2012, while copper, fiber, and DSL wireline
products account for 11%
Infonetics reported in its related Macrocell Mobile Backhaul
Equipment and Services report that macrocell mobile backhaul
spending will grow to $9.7 billion in 2016 (report excerpts: http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2012/1H12-Macrocell-Mobile-Backhaul-Market-Highlights.asp)
Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Outlook tracks
backhaul for mobile operator small cells located outdoors, such as those
attached to light poles, utility poles, and the sides and tops of
buildings. The report does not cover in-building small cells or home
femtocells. The report provides regional and global market size,
forecasts, analysis and trends for outdoor small cell backhaul
equipment, connections, and cell sites. Equipment and connections are
tracked and forecast by type: Ethernet over copper, Ethernet over fiber,
DSL, NLOS microwave, standard line-of-sight (LOS) point-to-point
microwave, standard LOS point-to-multipoint microwave, unlicensed
millimeter wave and licensed millimeter wave.
The report tracks equipment made by Actelis, Adtran, Alcatel-Lucent,
Aviat, BlinQ Networks, BluWan, BridgeWave, Calix, Cambridge Broadband,
Celtro, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, E-Band, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Fastback,
Fujitsu, Huawei, Juniper, MRV, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Overture,
Positron-Aktino, RAD Data, Radwin, Samsung, Siklu, Sub10 Systems, Taqua,
Tarana, ZTE and others.
Download Infonetics’ outdoor small cell backhaul report table of
contents, companies and products tracked and more from the Mobile
Backhaul and Microwave section of Infonetics’ online service portal
the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.
UPCOMING RESEARCH / EVENTS
Download Infonetics report highlights, tables of contents, prospectuses, market
research brochure, events
brochure and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.
TO BUY REPORTS:
N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, [email protected],
N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, [email protected],
Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, [email protected],
Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp
Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com)
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 effectively. View
Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.
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