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Infonetics: $44B to be Spent over 5 Years on Mobile Backhaul Gear, Driven by IP/Ethernet and Microwave


Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services market share and forecast report, which ranks mobile backhaul equipment vendors, identifies market growth areas, and provides analysis of equipment, connections, cell sites, and service charges.


“Steady, albeit slow, growth is in store for the macrocell mobile backhaul equipment market,” notes Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research. “While Verizon Wireless and AT&T are winding down their first big wave of LTE deployments and their spending is slowing, this is a large market and there's still room for growth. We're expecting a cumulative $43.6 billion to be spent on macrocell mobile backhaul equipment over the 5 years from 2012 to 2016, as operators outside of North America buy up microwave gear to support rising capacity requirements.”

“Well over half of all spending in the mobile backhaul market is on microwave equipment,” adds Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and mobile offload at Infonetics.


  • Globally, the macrocell mobile backhaul equipment market is forecast by Infonetics to grow to $9.7 billion by 2016
  • 94% of all macrocell mobile backhaul equipment spending is on IP/Ethernet gear, with 54% of this on packet-capable microwave
  • Infonetics expects Ethernet mobile backhaul router revenue to peak in 2015, as the buildout of macrocell mobile backhaul subsides and the focus shifts to small cells


Infonetics' biannual Macrocell Mobile Backhaul report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts, analysis, and trends for mobile backhaul equipment, connections, installed cell sites, and service charges by technology. Companies tracked include Accedian, Actelis, Adtran, ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Aviat, BridgeWave, Canoga Perkins, Celtro, Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, DragonWave, ECI, Ericsson, Huawei, IPITEK, Juniper, MRV, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Overture/Hatteras, RAD, TelcoSystems/ANDA, Tellabs, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:



Download MOBILE BACKHAUL, MICROWAVE and SMALL CELL report highlights, tables of contents, and prospectuses at or Infonetics' 2012 Research 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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Michael Howard, +1-408-583-3351
Co-founder and Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks
Twitter: @MichaelVHoward
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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