Microwave equipment market driven by Ethernet microwave radio equipment
According to Infonetics Research, the microwave equipment market increased by 2.4% in Q2 2011 compared to Q1 2011, reaching $1.3 billion worldwide.
The analyst firm believes that as carriers seek to accommodate traffic growth on their 3G networks and prepare to launch 4G services, the need for enhanced mobile backhaul bandwidth will drive the Ethernet microwave equipment market.
As a result, between 2011 and 2012, Infonetics predicts that global shipments of Ethernet microwave radio equipment will double, while TDM microwave gear and TDM/Ethernet microwave will decline.
Revenue from Ethernet microwave equipment surpassed that of TDM microwave in 2010, and is expected to overtake hybrid TDM/Ethernet microwave equipment by 2014.