Small Cells to Drive More Than $1.5 Billion in Wireless Backhaul Equipment in 2016 NLOS and mm-wave systems to see unprecedented growth

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile Experts released a new report today which predicts massive growth in wireless backhaul links for mobile communications. The new report, titled Backhaul for Small Cells, includes a five-year forecast for femtocells and picocells, and articulates the rationale for mobile operators to use wireless techniques for connecting small cells to the core network.

"Carrier-deployed femtocells and picocells will be positioned on utility poles and streetlights, where fiber or copper backhaul will not be available," said Dr. Jonathan Wells, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts. "Our analysis indicates that wireless backhaul will be much more cost-effective than fiber in a widespread deployment of small cells."

"We expect that backhaul technology choices will change over time," continued Dr. Wells. "Initial deployments of small cells must rely heavily on wireless techniques due to lack of fiber availability. Over the longer term, latency and throughput concerns will become a stronger consideration, as operators implement advanced HetNet features such as Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP) and interference cancellation (IRC or ICIC). In the end, we predict that more than 1.8 million small cell wireless backhaul unit shipments during 2016."

The new report, Backhaul for Small Cells, can be found at and provides:

  • A worldwide forecast for femtocells and picocells;
  • Case studies illustrating cost factors;
  • Technology Adoption forecasts for five years, predicting sales in key wireless backhaul segments:
    • Non Line of Sight (NLOS) links below 6 GHz;
    • Millimeter-wave Line of Sight (LOS) links
  • A five-year shipment and revenue forecast, segmented in multiple ways:
    • By wireless backhaul technology;
    • By generation (2G/3G/4G);
    • By region

Companies mentioned in this report:

NLOS PTMP Equipment Providers

  • Airspan Networks
  • Alvarion
  • Aruba Networks
  • Aviat Networks
  • BelAir Networks
  • BLiNQ Networks
  • Cisco
  • Fujitsu
  • Huawei
  • Meraki
  • Motorola
  • NEC
  • Redline Communications
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • Samsung
  • Taqua
  • Tarana Wireless
  • Tropos Networks
  • ZTE

LOS PTP Microwave Equipment Providers

  • Advantech Wireless
  • Alcatel Lucent
  • Aviat Networks
  • Bluwan
  • Cambridge Broadband Networks
  • Cambridge Communications Systems
  • Ceragon
  • Comba Telecom
  • Dragonwave
  • Ericsson
  • Exalt Communications
  • Huawei
  • Intracom Telecom
  • Motorola
  • MTI
  • NEC
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Proxim Wireless
  • Remec Broadband
  • SAF Tehnika
  • Sagemcom
  • SIAE Microelettronica
  • Trango Broadband
  • WaveLab
  • ZTE

LOS PTP mm-Wave Equipment Vendors

  • Athena Wireless
  • Bridgewave Communications
  • ComoTech
  • E-Band Communications
  • Elva-1
  • GigaBeam
  • Huber+Suhner (now Sub10 Systems)
  • LightPointe Communications
  • Loea Communications
  • Siklu Wireless
  • Sub10 Systems

About Mobile Experts LLC:

Mobile Experts provides insightful market analysis for the mobile infrastructure and mobile handset markets. Research topics center on technology introduction for radio frequency (RF) and communications innovation. Recent publications focus on Multi-Standard Radio Base Stations, Semiconductors for Remote Radio Heads, Outdoor DAS, In-Building Wireless, and Small Cells and HetNets.

Rachel Lorraine
Mobile Experts LLC
+1 (408) 540-7284

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SOURCE Mobile Experts LLC


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