Point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul systems offer economical, flexible and easy to deploy communication system for remote sites. These systems are ideal for deployment in security and surveillance systems, campus buildings, control systems, WISP (wireless Internet service provider) applications and integrating remote business sites, among others. The rapid emergence of mobile data and multimedia services and the newer network technologies such as LTE, HSPA+, mobile WiMAX, CDMA and EV-DO (enhanced voice-data only), among others, are creating need for high-speed wireless infrastructure. Organizations and corporations are increasingly demanding high network availability and dedicated capacity for their daily operations.
The cost of mobile backhaul has been a significant factor for launch of new solutions and services. At the same time solutions such as E1 TDM (time division multiplexing) are proving to be inefficient as the associated cost scales linearly with increase in capacity. Initially, the focus of point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul solution vendors was on bandwidth management, adaptive modulation and statistical multiplexing .However, there has been an increasing focus on interference management and dynamic bandwidth sharing in the recent years. The growth of point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul solutions is driven by the increased need for higher capacity and efficient technology among mobile operators in order to be able to satisfy the growing consumer demand for high data rate and efficient services. Further, the growing number of small cell networks and LTE, the increased pressure on networks due to high data traffic, and contrasting small cell deployment scenarios is forcing the operators to review their approach toward backhaul. Point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul products provide operators a better, powerful and cost-efficient wireless solution fitting the current and future high-capacity access and backhaul needs in the heterogeneous environments. Point-to-multipoint solutions are also easy and quick to deploy. This makes them a better solution in environments where there is immediate need for enhancing network capacity.
Various segments in point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul market include split-mount, all outdoor and small cells. Initially, majority of point-to-multipoint backhaul deployments were based on FDD (frequency division duplexing). However, there has been an increased push toward the use of TDD (time division duplexing) in the recent years. The LTE deployments and growth of small cells would significantly drive the growth of point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul market over the coming years. Emerging markets in Asia Pacific are expected to lead the LTE adoption during the coming years. Regions including Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East are experiencing continued growth in demand for point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul solutions. The more developed markets are expected to drive the growth of small cells market. Thus, there is significant scope for growth of point-to-multipoint microwave backhaul solutions in both emerging and developed economies. There is also increasing emphasis on deployment of fiber networks among mobile operators and this represents a challenge for the growth of backhaul solutions. However, backhaul solutions are cheaper and easy to deploy and thus would continue to find increasing demand, especially, in the developing economies.
Key players in this market include Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited (VectaStar), Airspan
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