Market Trend

Mobile broadband subscribers drive backhaul equipment market

The second edition of Infonetics Research’s 2009 Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services report predicts that the mobile backhaul equipment market will grow by 60% in 2009 to $5.9 billion.

Both the overall number of mobile broadband subscribers and the amount of bandwidth consumed by each individual subscriber is increasing rapidly, according to the report. As a consequence, service providers across the globe are upgrading their networks to meet demand. Over 100 operators currently deploy HSPA, and upgrades to HSPA+, Wimax and LTE are expected in the near future.

In preparation for future upgrades, according to Infonetics, mobile operators are adopting Ethernet-only products, which has buoyed Ethernet microwave backhaul. Gigabit Ethernet “LTE-ready” microwave backhaul products were launched this year, and more Ethernet-only microwave products are expected to launch in 2010. 


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