Infonetics Research expects the macrocell mobile backhaul equipment market to grow to $9.7 billion by 2016. According to the company, 94 percent of all macrocell mobile backhaul equipment spending is on IP/Ethernet gear, with 54 percent 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.
Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research, noted in a press release that “steady, albeit slow, growth is in store for the macrocell mobile backhaul equipment market.”
Infonetics is expecting a cumulative $43.6 billion to be spent on macrocell mobile backhaul equipment over the five 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.