In a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group (Redwood City, CA, USA), mobile backhaul market revenues are expected to exceed $8 billion by 2015. The report tracks two market segments: Transport, which includes microwave transmission and optical transport equipment, and Routers and Switches, which includes cell site devices, carrier Ethernet switches, and service provider edge routers used for IP-based mobile backhaul.
The report indicates that the overall market will grow more than 40 percent in the next 5 years, while revenues for the Routers and Switches segment will more than double over the same period.
"The huge growth in bandwidth requirements, coupled with the transition to 4G IP-based cellular radio technologies will drive the Mobile Backhaul market over the next 5 years," said Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group. "The largest increase in mobile backhaul equipment revenues over the next 5 years will likely come from the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions, as these areas grow their cellular subscriber base as well as prepare for next generation cellular network technologies like HSPA+ and LTE," added Shalinsky.
According to Margaret Thum, Chief Operating Officer at Dell'Oro Group, “our approach in preparing this report included a bottoms up analysis of multiple factors and markets, including mobility infrastructure, carrier Ethernet switches, service provider edge routers, microwave transmission, and optical transport equipment, to name just a few.”