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.