1 June 2011

Point-to-point radio shipments to exceed 2 million in 2015

Fueled by rapidly increasing mobile data use by consumers and businesses, wireless point-to-point radios (used to backhaul mobile data) will grow from nearly 1.4 million in 2010 to slightly more than 2 million in 2015, according to the recently released Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) Data Model ‘Wireless Point-to-Point Radio Component Demand’. This growth in demand will account for $300m of gallium arsenide device revenue in 2015, reckons the market research firm.

The data model highlights dynamics in the wireless point-to-point radio market, and segments radio shipments by frequency, application and geography. In particular, Strategy Analytics forecasts that the Asia-Pacific region will account for slightly more than half of wireless point-to-point radio shipments over this period. The analysis also indicates strong growth for point-to-point radios above 60GHz, but this segment will account for less than 3% of the total radio volume. According to the data model, the highest volume of point-to-point radio shipments will occur in the 10–20GHz frequency range, accounting for nearly 46% of shipments over the forecast period.

“The tremendous increase in mobile data consumption is rippling through many market segments,” notes Eric Higham, director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service. “As operators deploy more base-stations to handle the data increase, wireless point-to-point radios are becoming a very attractive option to backhaul the data from the edge to the core of the network,” he adds.

“Because of the frequency and performance requirements of wireless point-to-point radios, gallium arsenide will continue to play a key role in this market segment,” comments Asif Anwar, director in the Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies Practice.

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