ABI Research: Small cell backhaul market to exceed US$5B by 2019

ABI Research expects the small cell backhaul equipment market to exceed $5 billion (€4 billion) in 2019, which it said aligns with operators' deliberate approach to small cell deployments. After some rollout delays in the small cell market, the research company believes 2015 will witness meaningful deployments. Millimetre wave technology--thanks to its large bandwidth and NLOS capability--is the fastest growing technology in the company's forecast, outpacing the overall market with over 100 per cent CAGR between 2014 and 2019. Sub-6 GHz technology will capture the largest share of small cell backhaul "last mile" links, also outperforming the total market by 2019. Traditional microwave equipment remains a top technology for small cell backhaul applications with a leading share of revenue and one-fourth share of links in 2019. Release