EJL Wireless Research Reports Global Fronthaul OTRX Module Shipments Decline 8% in 2016

2016 revenues drop to USD $377 million

25G and 100G modules ready to support 4.9G/5G massive MIMO deployments

Salem, NH, January 26, 2018:  Shipments of fronthaul optical transceiver (OTRX) modules declined 8% in 2016, reflecting the overall trend of remote radio unit (RRU) shipments, according to the inaugural report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Global Fronthaul Optical Transceiver (OTRX) Modules Market Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2021, 1st Edition.” “While the wireless industry continues to wait for 5G networks to be deployed, the RRU migration to 4×4 MIMO RRUs and massive MIMO antenna radio systems (MM-ARS) for LTE networks and 5G networks is driving a major data rate upgrade transition within the fronthaul market,” says founder and President, Earl Lum. EJL Wireless Research is forecasting that the global fronthaul OTRX module market will see shipments bottom in 2019 while revenues bottom in 2018 as the transition to 4.5G, 4.9G, and 5G technologies pulls the industry into its next growth cycle.

EJL Wireless Research forecasts that revenues for the fronthaul OTRX module market will reach USD $630 million by 2021, driven by volume shipments of 25G and 100G OTRX solutions in support of massive MIMO 5G networks.

“We forecast that the mobile network migration towards 4.5G LTE-Advanced Pro will provide demand pull for 6G OTRX modules in support of 4×4 MIMO using CPRI Option 5/OBSAI Option 4 data rates while massive MIMO solutions will require 25-100G of fronthaul bandwidth in support of higher order MIMO, carrier aggregation, and larger channel sizes,” says Lum.

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