North American carriers expected to buy $260M in filters, tower-mounted amps


North American operators are expected to purchase $260 million filter and tower-mounted amplifier products this year, as LTE deployments spur strong sales during the next five years, according to a new report from Mobile Experts L.L.C.
“The overall market size will continue to grow, despite some turbulent changes in the market,” said Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts. “Small cells threaten the market for macrocell upgrades, but LTE deployment will be strong for macro networks. In addition, the rise of MIMO will greatly increase the quantity for filters, duplexers, combiners, and TMAs.”
The market continues to remain fragmented, with more than 20 companies supporting the various components of base stations and antennas. “In the case of filters and TMAs, we see a healthy future due to the huge complexity involved with the coexistence of 2G, 3G, and LTE on the same antennas,” Madden said.

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Tracy Ford

Former Associate Publisher and Executive Editor, RCR Wireless News
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Ford has spent more than two decades covering the rapidly changing wireless industry, tracking its changes as it grew from a voice-centric marketplace to the dynamic data-intensive industry it is today. She started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News, and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award, for both trade show and government coverage. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.