The wireless packet core equipment market is forecast to more than double to almost $6 billion by 2016, says Dell’Oro Group, and Evolved Packet Core, the emerging segment of this market, is forecast to expand half of the total market, driven by the Long Term Evolution (LTE) capital spending. The market for the more mature Traditional Packet Core will suffer from low, single-digit CAGR rates because of this. Dell’Oro also predicts overall wireless LAN market revenues will reach $10 billion in 2016, driven by service-provider Wi-Fi, the 802.11ac upgrade cycle, consumer video over Wi-Fi and the continuation of the bring-your own-device trend. Notes analyst Chris DePuy,  “We expect that, by early next year, the availability of 5-GHz smartphones will stimulate a new phase in demand for both 802.11ac and service provider Wi-Fi”…An Infonetics Research report says global revenue from manufacturer-provided maintenance and support, professional services, and hosted and managed services grew 9 percent in 2011 to $17 billion, and that number could grow to  $25 billion by 2016. Cisco leads the manufacturer-provided service market, followed by Avaya and Siemens…Tower-mounted amplifiers represent one of the best values for improved base station performance for service providers, says ABI Research, and tower-top active RF electronics will become more important as LTE roles out over the next few years, especially when it comes to remote radio heads and active antennas.

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