EJL Wireless Research Reports Global BTS Antenna Shipments Hit Record Volumes in 2014
BTS antenna revenues increased 49% in 2014 to a record USD $4.3 billion;
Near term outlook mixed due to weakness in 2015 and recovery in 2016 and 2017
Massive MIMO technology for 4G+/5G may drive continued innovations for antennas
Salem, NH, November 17, 2015: The global BTS antenna shipments increased by 20% in 2014 to record unit volumes, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Global BTS Antenna Market Analysis and Forecast, 2015-2019 7th Edition.” “The increase in 2014 was due to TDD antenna shipments for China Mobile, Reliance Jio, and partially to Sprint, as volumes surged by 126%. The FDD market grew only 3.4% The FDD market continues to shift away from legacy 2-port single column (single band) sectorized panel antennas to multi-port multi-column (4-12-ports) antennas. As a result, multi-port antennas were 68% of the overall mix in 2014, compared with 62% in 2013,” says founder and President, Earl Lum. EJL Wireless Research is forecasting that the BTS antenna market will experience a 30% decline in shipments in 2015 due to weakness in China as well as in North America. EJL Wireless Research is also reporting the accuracy of its prior forecast for 2014 with a 1% variance in overall unit shipments.