With the deployment of long-term evolution (LTE), the mobile backhaul market is moving from time domain multiplexing (TDM) to new architectures such as Internet protocol (IP) and Ethernet. Mobile operators will be keen to offer the same or superior levels of quality of service (QoS) as provided with TDM, creating considerable opportunities for the mobile backhaul test equipment market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (testandmeasurement.frost.com), Analysis of the Global Mobile Backhaul and Wireless Core Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $357.5 million in 2011. It is expected to increase to $954.4 million by 2018, at a compound annual growth rate of 15.1 percent.
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Since operators are looking to refresh the existing infrastructure of both the LTE networks and existing 3G networks, they will need to clearly understand the overall mobile network. They need improved infrastructure to support traffic, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) protocols, and detect failures quickly.
"As the industry transitions to more packed data, service assurance and quality will become increasingly crucial; thus testing will be vital to enhance customer experience," said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Mariano Kimbara. "Leading companies educate service providers about technologies with scenarios testing, the need to upgrade their backhauls and address performance issues."
Testing companies are also rolling out certification programs to ensure consistency for telecom-network standards. These certifications have homogenous network devices that work together, enabling a more scalable implementation of OEM technologies across the networks.
Mobile 4G operators are expanding rapidly with no intention of slowing down in the near future. The greater processing capability and performance, powerful operating systems and the availability of intelligent mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, have placed a huge stress on mobile networks. The explosion of media-rich and bandwidth-intensive applications is compelling network operators to reevaluate the mobile network infrastructure to improve user experience and reduce costs.
"To handle the heightened demand, the mobile backhaul test equipment market is moving to defined classes of service, as it allows the operators to restrict service traffic with premiums on high-speed downloads and multimedia," said Kimbara. "The market will also get a boost from the rise in service costs."
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