ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, released their finding regarding the small cell backhaul equipment industry and where it’s headed. The research showed that small cell backhaul equipment is expected to grow to over $5 billion in 2018, up from a forecast of $487 million for 2013 representing a 48% compound annual growth.
“Sub 6GHz technology will capture over 47% of small cell backhaul equipment revenue, or $2.4 billion with 31% of last mile links in 2018, while millimeter wave technology becomes the fastest growing technology over the forecast period, growing at 113% CAGR to reach a value of $668 million. Traditional microwave equipment remains a top technology for small cell backhaul applications with 34% share of revenue or almost $1.8 billion and 25% share of links in 2018,” ABI Research reported.
Principal analyst at ABI Research, Nick Marshall, explained that, “We believe that 4G/LTE small cell solutions will again drive most of the microwave and fiber backhaul growth in metropolitan, urban, and suburban areas with backhaul for 4G/LTE small cells reaching a value of $3.1 billion in 2018, growing at 2X the rate for 3G and surpassing 3G in 2016.”