Demand Rising in Millimeter Waves Bands for Mobile Backhaul

11 Jun 2015

LTE network expansion across different regions is driving the acceleration of LTE mobile adoption worldwide. According to ABI Research, in 2014, the global LTE subscriber base increased threefold from 2013 to 628 million. “Increasing LTE adoption combined with growing adoption of smartphones, tablets, and bandwidth hungry applications is continuously putting pressure on the capacity of backhaul networks across different markets,” comments Jake Saunders, VP and Practice Director of Core Forecasting.

In many countries, telecommunication regulators are considering efficient allocation of spectrum for mobile backhaul. Many are in the process or have completed the consultation with telecom operators for spectrum planning for mobile backhaul. The selection of backhaul network solution, whether it is fixed or wireless and the topology and spectrum bands for the backhaul links, vary market to market based on the several conditions and the capacity requirements by each market.

While fiber-optic is an attractive medium to support high capacity backhaul links, it is not the best solution in a number of scenarios, due to its cost and time required to install. “Microwave spectrum bands are still the most widely used for backhaul links and equipment vendors are also providing various solutions to enhance the capacity of microwave backhaul links. Based on ABI Research’s backhaul spectrum data analysis, microwave spectrum bands will remain the important option for mobile backhaul links,” says Khin Sandi Lynn, Industry Analyst.

Spectrum bands in the sub 20 GHz bands are increasingly experiencing congestion—a number of countries have taken steps to make the spectrum in the higher bands available for backhaul use. Millimeter waves, which include the V-band (60 GHz) and the E-band (70 / 80 GHz) bands are proving of interest to operators for small cell backhaul deployment. ABI Research expects a combination of fiber-optic and MMW will represent approximately half of total backhaul links in 2019.

These findings are from ABI Research’s new report Spectrum Options for LTE Backhaul which is a part of the firm’s LTE & 5G and Transport for HetNets, IoT and 5G Market Research.

ABI Research provides technology market research and technology intelligence for industry innovators. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit, or call +1.516.624.2500.

About ABI Research

ABI Research is a global technology intelligence firm uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology solution providers and end-market companies. We serve as the bridge that seamlessly connects these two segments by providing exclusive research and expert guidance to drive successful technology implementations and deliver strategies proven to attract and retain customers.

ABI Research 是一家全球性的技术情报公司,拥有得天独厚的优势,充当终端市场公司和技术解决方案提供商之间的桥梁,通过提供独家研究和专业性指导,推动成功的技术实施和提供经证明可吸引和留住客户的战略,无缝连接这两大主体。

For more information about ABI Research’s services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific, or visit

Contact ABI Research

Media Contacts

Americas: +1.516.624.2542
Europe: +44.(0).203.326.0142
Asia: +65 6950.5670

Related Service