The majority of capacity required at European mobile backhaul sites currently exceeds 2 Gbps. As more users and devices access the mobile network for longer periods of time, capacities will continue to increase. The proliferation of 5G networks makes access to advanced applications seamless for end users, driving the need for 10+ Gbps. With the ongoing innovations by microwave manufacturers, radios are able to handle these high capacities, fully meeting the needs of 20+ Gbps capacity for 5G backhaul in Europe as well as the rest of the world.
Mobile backhaul drives the microwave radio market in all regions across the world, generating 80 percent of the market. Making up a much smaller piece of the global market, are enterprise/MUSH (municipalities, utilities, schools, and hospitals) organizations and fixed line service providers. These are key verticals for the microwave market, driving much of the innovation, especially in novel private 5G networks. Microwave radios play a critical piece in wireless communication networks across several industries, including transporting mobile voice and data from one cell tower to another, connecting remote work sites to corporate offices, providing fixed wireless access in areas that are difficult to reach, and protecting businesses from network failures by providing a backup connection.
Due to the heavy focus on mobile backhaul, the microwave radio market is led by Tier 1 vendors who also sell RAN equipment. Outside of these vendors, are a handful of vendors that are strong contenders with innovative gear, each focusing on slightly different attributes. Regional demand has much to do with market share, since mobile operators and vertical markets tend to do business with domestic companies.
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