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The Mobile Backhaul and Fronthaul Forecast projects growth in the global market for fiber-based, copper-based, and microwave/wireless equipment that supports mobile network connectivity, by region for the years 2018–23.


  • This forecast predicts that mobile backhaul spending will grow by 9%, driven by 5G technology. Mobile fronthaul will grow much faster and reach 35% as 5G deployments rely on fronthaul solutions

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the trend of backhaul spending via supported radio technology, 3G, 4G, and 5G.
  • Analyzes the backhaul and fronthaul adoption between microwave and optical.
  • Shows the 5G optical components needed for 5G networks in the global market.

Key questions answered

  • How much will the fronthaul and backhaul equipment investment be for 5G networks?
  • Which regions will have the strongest growth for 4G and 5G backhaul?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Mobile Backhaul and Fronthaul Forecast: 2018–23