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Originally posted on ytd2525:
ABI Research shows that capital expenditures on microwave backhaul equipment for mobile networks will grow at a compound rate of 4.3 percent. It will reach almost $5 billion in 2012 as mobile network operators upgrade and transition to more cost-effective packet microwave systems. With a combined share of 61 percent in 2017, the Asia Pacific and Western European regions will continue to dominate the market for microwave equipment.
World-wide opex from leased T1/E1 and fiber backhaul represents $6.2 billion in 2012, growing at a CAGR of 2.2 percent. “We believe mobile network operators are increasingly lowering their TCO by using capex to replace leased T1/E1 and fiber backhaul with modern, high-capacity, cost-effective, packet-based microwave links,” said Nick Marshall, principal analyst at ABI Research.
Marshall told Backhaul Bulletin that with data growing exponentially as mobile networks transition from 3G to LTE, the costs involved with fiber installation can become expensive in…
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