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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 31, 2014 –According to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, point-to-point Microwave Transmission radio unit shipments are forecast to grow at an average annual rate of nearly 10 percent over the next five years, through 2018.

“While we think some of the factors reducing demand for microwave equipment will persist,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Microwave Transmission research at Dell’Oro Group. “Issues such as network consolidation and fiber expansion are expected to be permanent features of the market dynamics.  However, a reversal of demand in two of the largest regional markets for microwave mobile backhaul, Europe and India, will see higher sales into these geographies, providing a cornerstone to the microwave market’s positive growth through to 2018,” Yu added.

Two key takeaways from the Microwave Transmission report are:

  • Packet microwave is forecast to record the highest growth rate among the microwave technology segments (TDM, hybrid, and packet) with unit shipments expected to grow at an average annual rate of 24 percent through 2018.
  • Strong growth rates are projected for full outdoor unit (FODU) configured products as operators install ultra-high capacity links and roll out small cells.  Ultra-high capacity systems operate in the V-band and E-band frequencies, which are unlicensed or lightly licensed.

About the Report

The Dell’Oro Group Microwave Transmission 5-Year Forecast Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the Microwave Transmission market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, ports/radio transceivers shipped, and average selling prices by capacities (low, high and ultra high).  The report tracks point-to-point TDM, Packet and Hybrid Microwave as well as full indoor and full outdoor unit configurations.  To purchase this report, email Julie Learmond-Criqui at

About Dell’Oro Group

As the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell’Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enables component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions.  For more information, contact Dell’Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit