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Infonetics Research Bullish on Millimeter Wave Market


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


“After being somewhat artificially propped up by a single large operator as was the case back in 2010 with Clearwire, the millimeter wave market has gotten back its sea legs and is showing signs of renewed growth, this time from multiple operator deployments,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave, mobile offload, and mobile broadband devices at Infonetics Research.

Webb adds: “We're still bullish on the millimeter wave market and anticipate sustained growth coming as a result of the wider availability of products, the availability of E-band spectrum, and continued demand for backhaul capacity, particularly for the emerging small cell backhaul segment.”


  • Globally, millimeter wave equipment revenue rose 23% in 1H12 over 2H11
  • The millimeter wave equipment market is forecast by Infonetics to top $546 million by 2016, driven largely by the increased use of millimeter wave for backhaul connections
  • Licensed E band (70–90GHz) accounted for 69% of total millimeter wave equipment revenue in the first half of 2012
  • Infonetics expects the percent of millimeter wave equipment revenue from mobile backhaul applications to grow to 87% by 2016, spurred by the deployment of 4G networks
  • North America now accounts for about 35% of the worldwide millimeter wave market
  • BridgeWave, E-Band and Siklu lead the millimeter wave equipment market, but larger mainstream microwave vendors are poised to make a mark on this segment from 2013 on
  • The biggest barrier to the adoption of millimeter wave is the continuing success of microwave, particularly for mobile backhaul


Infonetics' biannual Millimeter Wave Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market share, size, analysis, forecasts, and trends for unlicensed E band (60GHz), licensed E band (70–90GHz), and W band (75–110GHz) millimeter wave equipment by network application (access, backhaul, transport). The report tracks units, revenue, and ARPU and follows Aviat, BridgeWave, CableFree, E-Band, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Fujitsu, GigaBeam, Huawei, Intracom, LightPointe, Loea, NEC, Proxim, SIAE, Siklu, Sub10 Systems, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics sales:



Download Mobile Backhaul and Microwave report highlights, tables of contents, and prospectuses at, or Infonetics' Publication Calendar at


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard,, +1 408-583-3335

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne,, +1 408-583-3395

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic,, +44 755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan:


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 effectively. View Infonetics' brief About Us slides at

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Infonetics Research
Richard Webb, +44 (0) 1689.851.618 or +1 408-583-3369
Directing Analyst, Microwave, Mobile Offload, and Mobile Broadband Devices
Twitter: @RichardAWebb

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