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Microwave equipment to hit $6 billion by 2016; Ericsson recaptures lead

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T he global microwave equipment market totaled $1.2 billion in 2Q12, up 16% from the previous quarter and down 6% from the year ago 2nd quarter, according to Infonetics Research. Also, Ericsson regained the top position in the global microwave equipment market in 2Q12, edging past Huawei by a hair. NEC, the microwave market share leader just a quarter ago, slipped to 3rd

"The microwave equipment market rebounded nicely in the 2nd quarter thanks to strong performances from Ericsson and Huawei," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave at Infonetics Research. "Huawei had a huge quarter, its biggest ever for microwave equipment. The operator now counts some of the world's major tier 1 international operators as its microwave customers and often supplies their operations across many countries."

Webb adds: "Despite choppy performance in recent quarters, we expect the microwave equipment market to grow to $6 billion by 2016, driven by a continuing demand for increased mobile backhaul capacity and the proliferation of small cells."

Regionally, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) had the strongest 2nd quarter, capturing around 1/2 of global market share

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