iGR forecasts in a new study ("U.S. Mobile Backhaul Forecast: 2011-2016" - here) that "the demand for U.S. mobile backhaul will grow at a CAGR of nearly 58 percent between 2011 and 2016, with the overall demand growing by 9.7 times. And the growth of fiber backhaul, the preferred method for providing mobile backhaul, is expected to reach a CAGR of nearly 85 percent over the same period"
Iain Gillott (pictured), president and founder of iGR said: “Just as the radio networks are transitioning from 3G to 4G and adding more small cells, so the mobile operators must also upgrade their mobile backhaul from legacy TDM to Ethernet .. The upgrade of the mobile backhaul networks presents a significant opportunity for cable MSOs, IP equipment and infrastructure vendors, tower companies, and the telecommunications services providers”.
- [Juniper Research]: MNOs Need to Spend $840B By 2016 on Backhaul - here
- [Dell'Oro Group]: Mobile Backhaul Market to Reach $9B by 2015 - here
- Yankee Group: Average Cell Backhaul Bandwidth will Grow to 100 Mbps by 2015 - here
- Infonetics: Mobile Backhaul - Ethernet vs. Microwave - Market Size - here