Infonetics: Ethernet microwave gear market sees 5 percent growth in third quarter

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The market for Ethernet microwave gear grew 5 percent in the third quarter of 2012 compared with the same quarter in 2011, and is expected to increase at a 38 percent compound annual growth rate, according to Infonetics Research.

Ethernet microwave equipment uses wireless spectrum to provide high-speed data links for Ethernet networks.

Overall, the worldwide microwave equipment market dropped to $1.24 billion, down 4 percent year-over-year. It was weighed down by slow sales of time-division multiplexing and dual TDM/Ethernet microwave equipment. Backhaul equipment made up 85 percent of the market, according to Infonetics.

"Current trends will continue, with TDM microwave equipment declining precipitously; the large dual-mode TDM/Ethernet microwave segment waning as well, but at a much slower rate; and Ethernet-only microwave equipment surging year after year, powered by sustained mobile macrocell backhaul demand," said Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave, mobile offload, and mobile broadband devices at Infonetics Research.

With nearly one-quarter of the microwave equipment market, leader Ericsson posted a 7 percent revenue gain in the third quarter. By contrast, Huawei posted a 19 percent decline. Alcatel-Lucent leads the Ethernet microwave segment, according to Infonetics stats.

For more:
- see Infonetics Research data

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