Global Microwave Radio Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Pages: 63
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This market research report analyzes the key players in the microwave radio market such as Alcatel Lucent, Dragonwave, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, NEC, and ZTE. The report also presents a competitive analysis of the market by technology (hybrid microwave radio, packet microwave radio, and TDM microwave radio) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA)

Global outlook of the microwave radio market

Technavio’s market research analysts have predicted that the global microwave radio market will grow steadily at an impressive rate and will post a CAGR of about 19% by 2020. The reducing profit margins from mobile networks have induced mobile network operators (MNOs) to focus more on generating their revenue from data rather than voice to increase their profitability. There is an increasing demand for data, and this will compel MNOs to upgrade their infrastructure. Upgrading the transport network includes cost of equipment and services and requires at least 30% of the overall project cost. This high cost is mainly due to the high price of equipment for the optical transport-based network. Whereas, deploying a microwave network costs less than the deployment of the fiber network. Microwave deployment allows fast go-to-market reach and also has a much lesser footprint than that of the fiber network. As a result, the coming years will witness many MNOs preferring microwave radio system deployment for establishing a new network.

Vendors normally use fiber optics to connect the main baseband unit (BBU) with the remote radio unit (RRU) as a solution to MNOs. Using the microwave as a wireless means to connect the BBU helps operators to achieve a wider and denser network coverage. Microwave networks offer low latency common public radio interface (CPRI) transport with a speed of above 2 Gbps. This will allow MNOs deliver cloud radio access network (C-RAN) or centralized RAN with zero footprint. This emergence of the microwave as a front-haul solution will be one of the major trends to gain traction in the market during the predicted period.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The market is characterized by the presence of numerous microwave radio vendors who provide microwave radio as per the demand and requirement of the customers. Vendors mainly compete based on the following functionalities such as security, capacity, latency, 1588.V2 Ethernet support, and carrier-class characteristics based on the generation of the radios. The emergence of Tier 1 equipment manufacturers who provide end-to-end solutions to service providers and network operators such as  Alcatel- Lucent (via OEM), Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, and Nokia, pose a stiff competition to existing microwave radio manufacturers vendors. The market will further witness the entry of more Tier 1 equipment manufacturers such as NEC and Ericsson in the millimeter wave radio market, which will lead to the introduction of more cost-effective solutions in the coming years.

The leading vendors in the market are -

  • Alcatel Lucent
  • Dragonwave
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei Technologies
  • NEC
  • ZTE

Segmentation by technology and analysis of the microwave radio market

  • Hybrid microwave radio
  • Packet microwave radio
  • TDM microwave radio

The packet microwave radio segment is expected to increase its dominance in the microwave communication systems market by the end of 2020 and is estimated to account for a share of about 63% by the end of the forecast period. Packet radios can use flexible bandwidth for transferring data, which will increase the overall performance in terms of data transfer. They also use intelligent packet compression mechanisms to reduce overheads introduced by a packet or a frame. This helps to enhance the spectral efficiency in a full packet-based environment. These features will increase the adoption of packet radios in the coming years, and this market segment will grow immensely at a CAGR of about 32% during the predicted period.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the microwave radio market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

According to this market study, APAC will account for a major share of about 40% of the total revenue share of the microwave radio market by 2020 and will dominate the market throughout the forecast period. Network operators in the developing countries in this region such as India, China, Philippines, and Thailand are upgrading their core and are adopting microwave transmission networks to provide advanced services like 3G, 4G, and 5G. This will propel the demand for the market from this region. Additionally, network providers in Singapore will also completely switch over from 2G to either 3G or 4G, which will drive the demand for packet and hybrid microwave radios.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global microwave radio market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global microwave radio market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global microwave radio market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global microwave radio market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global microwave radio market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Base year and forecast period
  • Market coverage
  • Market size calculation
  • Geographical segmentation
  • Vendor segmentation
  • Top-vendor offerings
  • Common currency conversion rates

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast by unit shipment
  • Market size and forecast by revenue
  • Average selling price (ASP) trend of microwave radio
  • Installation and other costs associated with a microwave radio
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by technology

  • Market overview
  • Hybrid microwave radio
  • Packet only microwave radio
  • TDM microwave radio

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • APAC
  • EMEA
  • Americas

PART 08: Market drivers

  • Increase in demand for mobile data traffic
  • Decrease in tariffs for voice and data
  • Deployment challenges in fiber
  • High cost of upgrading a network

PART 09: Impact of drivers

PART 10: Market challenges

  • Network consolidation
  • Higher dependency of 3G and 4G networks on fiber
  • Limited range of high throughput (millimeter wave) radios

PART 11: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 12: Market trends

  • Emergence of E-band and V-band radios
  • Emergence of microwave as a front-haul solution
  • Microwave backhaul in 5G

PART 13: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Competitive scenario in emerging E-band market
  • Vendor analysis

PART 14: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 15: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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