Huawei pushes past NEC for second place among microwave gear vendors

Ericsson maintains lead, as market posts modest third quarter growth

Huawei regained second place from NEC among microwave gear vendors in the third quarter of 2013, with Ericsson holding onto first place, according to the latest research from Infonetics Research.

Microwave equipment is used for point-to-point communications. Wireless carriers use microwave gear for mobile backhaul to connect cell sites to the core network.

The microwave gear market totaled $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2013, up 2 percent from the second quarter but down 7 percent from the year ago quarter. All-packet microwave accounted for around 23 percent of total microwave equipment revenue.

"Though 3Q13 marks the second straight quarter of marginal growth in the microwave equipment market, we're still projecting an overall decline for the full year 2013 due to price erosion in the hybrid equipment segment in particular," says Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave and carrier Wi-Fi at Infonetics Research.

The research firm expects the microwave equipment market to grow at an anemic 1.4 percent compound annual growth rate through 017, as growth in Ethernet microwave is matched by the decline in the TDM microwave and dual Ethernet/TDM microwave segments.

"The next round of backhaul market growth will be driven by macro LTE-A upgrades and small cell deployments, both of which will require very low latency solutions. This will begin to make an impact from 2014 and boost the market for a few years," predicts Webb.

For more:
- see Infonetics' release

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