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Date: 03-04-13

mm wave equipment market estimated to grow near $600M by 2017

Infonetics has forecasted the global millimeter wave equipment market to grow to just under $600 million by 2017

“An increasing number of mobile operators are deploying millimeter wave to augment their existing microwave macrocell backhaul deployments,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi at Infonetics Research. “The enhanced capacities made possible by millimeter wave are proving to be a viable solution for backhaul in metro areas where range limitations aren’t always problematic.”

Webb adds: “The market is on track to more than double this year, followed by continued healthy growth going forward, powered by the increased use of millimeter wave for LTE macrocell backhaul and small cells—most of which use the unlicensed 60 GHz band.”

Other research points shared by Infonetics:
BridgeWave retains its overall market share leadership, capturing just under a third of total millimeter wave revenue in 2012
A market share shakeup is expected over the coming months as major microwave vendors including Aviat Networks, Ericsson, Fujitsu, and Huawei launch millimeter wave products
In the early years of the millimeter wave market, most deployments were for access-based applications for enterprise and fixed operator customers, whereas mobile backhaul is now and will remain the predominant driver of the market going forward

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