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Ethernet Microwave: Backhaul & Beyond
Packet radio systems that combine Ethernet and adaptive modulation technology with standard circuit-switched functionality are set to further boost network operator demand for point-to-point microwave systems, with worldwide product sales likely to top the $4 billion mark this year.

This report examines the point-to-point licensed microwave market, with analysis of emerging product requirements and the strategies vendors are deploying to meet future demand from network operators for multi-service and Ethernet-oriented microwave systems in support of applications such as backhaul and fiber extension services to enterprise customers.

The key trend in the microwave systems market is the emergence of common hardware platforms on which multiple access and trunking products can be based, including standard PDH, Super PDH, Sonet/SDH, and Ethernet applications. Common platforms drive economies of scale, allowing suppliers to aggregate component purchasing, optimize R&D investment, and streamline manufacturing, delivery, and support. These economy-of-scale benefits also feed through to the customer side in the form of better pricing and availability of equipment that can be upgraded in software on a "pay-as-you-grow" basis.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni0407_toc.pdf)
The point-to-point licensed microwave market has grown strongly over the last five years, and following a round of consolidation is now dominated by five major suppliers, as shown in Excerpt 1 (percentages removed).
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The topology of a point-to-point microwave transmission network is critical to its overall performance and resiliency. The most appropriate topology for a particular application is determined by various factors, including local environmental conditions, cost, reliability requirements, traffic type, traffic volume, and the characteristics of the application itself. Excerpt 2 summarizes the pros and cons of the various microwave topologies.
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Leading vendors analyzed in the report include: Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU); Ceragon Networks Ltd.; DragonWave Inc.(TSX: DWI; AIM: DWI); Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); Harris Stratex Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: HSTX); NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY); Nera Networks AS (Pink Sheets: NERAY); and Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE)
Total pages: 21
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