Outdoor Small Cell Backhaul a 5-Year $5-Billion Opportunity, Says New Infonetics Report

  Outdoor Small Cell Backhaul a 5-Year $5-Billion Opportunity, Says New
  Infonetics Report

Business Wire

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- December 10, 2012

Market research firm Infonetics Research today released excerpts from its new
Outdoor Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Outlook. The report
forecasts the fastest growing segment of the small cell backhaul market --
outdoor small cell backhaul -- in 8 discrete categories: the 3 forms of
wireline (copper, fiber, DSL) and the 5 forms of wireless (licensed and
unlicensed millimeter wave and point-to-point, point-to-multi-point, and
non-line-of-sight, or NLOS, microwave). The report tracks and forecasts
outdoor small cell backhaul equipment revenue, units, connections (aka links)
and small cell sites by medium (copper, fiber, air).

Co-author of Infonetics' new small cell backhaul report, Michael Howard,
Co-founder and Principal An ...

Co-author of Infonetics' new small cell backhaul report, Michael Howard,
Co-founder and Principal Analyst for Carrier Networks at Infonetics Research
(Photo: Business Wire)


“There’s been wild speculation on the small cell opportunity -- some that lump
together small cells with residential femtocells, WiFi hotspots, and
in-building and outdoor. Our latest research focuses on just the new,
faster-growing outdoor small cell backhaul equipment market,” says Michael
Howard, Infonetics Research’s co-founder and principal analyst for carrier

“After fielding several small cell operator surveys and working directly with
chipset manufacturers, mobile operators, small cell vendors, and backhaul
equipment vendors for more than 2 years,” Howard continues, “we are now able
to reliably calculate the size of the market and build realistic forecasts. We
expect a cumulative $5 billion to be spent worldwide on outdoor small cell
backhaul equipment between 2012 and 2016, with the market kicking into high
gear in 2014. This is in addition to the nearly $44 billion being spent on
macrocell backhaul equipment during the same 5-year period.”

Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and mobile offload at Infonetics
and co-author of the report adds, “We expect to see significant shifts in the
type of equipment vendors use to backhaul outdoor small cells, with millimeter
wave and non-line-of-sight, or NLOS, equipment becoming the top segments of
the market by 2016. Millimeter wave equipment has a high capacity (1Gbps in a
single channel) and very low latency, and nearly all of the operators we’ve
interviewed are evaluating millimeter wave for small cell backhaul.”


  *There is no silver bullet backhaul solution for all small cell deployment
    scenarios, as each depends on multiple variables, including location, form
    factor limitations, local regulations, available power and network, and
  *As a result, mobile operators and backhaul transport providers need a
    diverse tool kit of solutions for small cell backhaul; Infonetics expects
    all the outdoor small cell backhaul technologies it tracks to grow at high
    double- to triple-digit percentage CAGRs through at least 2016
  *The number of outdoor small cell backhaul connections is forecast by
    Infonetics to grow more than 100-fold from 2012 to 2016
  *Wireless microwave equipment, including various types of microwave and
    millimeter wave, accounts for 89% of all outdoor small cell backhaul
    equipment revenue in 2012, while copper, fiber, and DSL wireline products
    account for 11%
  *Infonetics reported in its related Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment and
    Services report that macrocell mobile backhaul spending will grow to $9.7
    billion in 2016 (report excerpts:


Infonetics’ Outdoor Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Outlook 
tracks backhaul for mobile operator small cells located outdoors, such as
those attached to light poles, utility poles, and the sides and tops of
buildings. The report does not cover in-building small cells or home
femtocells. The report provides regional and global market size, forecasts,
analysis and trends for outdoor small cell backhaul equipment, connections,
and cell sites. Equipment and connections are tracked and forecast by type:
Ethernet over copper, Ethernet over fiber, DSL, NLOS microwave, standard
line-of-sight (LOS) point-to-point microwave, standard LOS point-to-multipoint
microwave, unlicensed millimeter wave and licensed millimeter wave.

The report tracks equipment made by Actelis, Adtran, Alcatel-Lucent, Aviat,
BlinQ Networks, BluWan, BridgeWave, Calix, Cambridge Broadband, Celtro,
Ceragon, Ciena, Cisco, E-Band, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Fastback, Fujitsu,
Huawei, Juniper, MRV, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Overture, Positron-Aktino,
RAD Data, Radwin, Samsung, Siklu, Sub10 Systems, Taqua, Tarana, ZTE and

Download Infonetics’ outdoor small cell backhaul report table of contents,
companies and products tracked and more from the Mobile Backhaul and Microwave
section of Infonetics’ online service portal at
https://www.infonetics.com/cgp/login.asp?id=772. To buy the report, contact
Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.


  *Latest Infonetics Small Cells and Mobile Backhaul research brief:
  *3G drives femtocell market up 13% in 3Q12; Samsung #1 in revenue,
  *$44B to be spent over 5 years on mobile backhaul gear
  *Ethernet microwave equipment up 5% from year-ago 3rd quarter; backhaul
    fuels overall market
  *Infonetics Research bullish on millimeter wave market
  *Ericsson gets high marks from operators in Infonetics microwave survey
  *Femtocells offer opportunity to put the mobile network at the heart of the
    home network


Download Infonetics report highlights, tables of contents, prospectuses,
market research brochure, events brochure and more at

  *Q3 3G, 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices & Subscribers Market Report
  *Mobile Backhaul Wireline Equipment Vendor Leadership: Service Provider
  *Small Cell & LTE Backhaul Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *WEBINAR: Driving New Revenues w/Policy Management, Subscriber Engagement
    (Dec. 11)
  *WEBINAR: Integrating Carrier WiFi with the Mobile Network (Target date:
    Feb. 2013)
  *WEBINAR: Scaling Small Cell Backhaul (Sponsorships available)


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp


Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research
and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader
in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.
View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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Infonetics Research
Michael Howard, +1-408-583-3351
Co-founder/Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks
Twitter: @MichaelVHoward
Richard Webb, +44 (0) 1689-851-618 or +1 (408) 583-3369
Directing Analyst - Microwave, Mobile Offload & Mobile Broadband Devices
Twitter: @richardawebb
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