The small cell backhaul equipment market will cross $5 billion revenue in 2019, said ABI Research.
Telecom network vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, Ericsson, DragonWave, Ceragon, Aviat, CCS, and Siklu will benefit from this growth.
“2015 will now witness meaningful small cell deployments,” the report said. ABI Research does not share specific small cell backhaul prediction for 2015.
Millimeter wave technology outpaces the overall market with over 100 percent CAGR between 2014 and 2019. Sub 6GHz technology will capture the largest share of small cell backhaul last mile links, also outperforming the total market by 2019, said ABI Research.
ABI Research said traditional microwave equipment remains a top technology for small cell backhaul applications with a leading share of revenue and one-fourth share of links in 2019.
The report said 4G / LTE small cell solutions will drive most of the microwave, millimeter wave, and sub 6GHz backhaul growth in metropolitan, urban, and suburban areas and also backhaul for 4G/LTE small cells will grow at 2X the rate for 3G and surpass both 2G and 3G in 2016.
The North American and Asia-Pacific regions are equivalent in market share. Asia-Pacific region will outperform the market with 2X to 3X the size of any other region, though North America and Europe will also outperform the small cell backhaul equipment market.