More indications that mobile backhaul is becoming big business: Dell’Oro Group predicts mobile-backhaul market revenues will approach $9 billion by 2015, based on recent research into transport, and routers and switches.

Comments Jimmy Yu, senior director/Optical and Microwave research at the group, “We’re at the initial stage of the mobile broadband wave, with only a few LTE deployments underway. As radio access networks across the globe get upgraded to newer mobile radio technologies like 4G LTE, availability of sufficient backhaul capacity will be a key enabler to customer experience. Our latest report indicates high-capacity optical and microwave deployments will have to maintain a growth curve to deliver the requisite backhaul capacity through 2015.”

Adds Shin Umeda, vice president/Routers Research, “Our research has found that operators around the world are concerned with the rate of mobile traffic growth and are transitioning to Internet Protocol (IP) technologies to build a more efficient and scalable backhaul network. Our latest report forecasts the demand for IP-based routers and switches will continue to grow through 2015, almost doubling the market size of the Router and Switches segment in the five-year forecast period.”

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