EJL Wireless Research Announces 3rd Edition of Industry Leading Global RF Feeder Cable Market Analysis

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Global Feeder Cable Market Declined 8% in Shipment Volumes and 16% in Revenues in 2012. Commscope Remains #1 Ranked Supplier.



Unit Shipments Leaning Towards 1/2" Market While Revenues Favor 1 1/4" and Greater Segment

EJL Wireless Research is announcing the third edition of its global RF feeder cable market analysis titled "Global BTS Transmission Feeder Cable Analysis and Forecast, 2013-2017." The RF feeder cable is the primary solution that interfaces the traditional tower bottom macro cell BTS cabinet to the BTS antenna.

“The market dropped 8% year over year in total volumes (measured in km of cables) in 2012. The 1/2” diameter feeder cable segment remains the largest in shipment volumes in 2012 however the 1 1/4” or greater diameter feeder cable segment remained the largest in revenues in 2012. Aluminum cable product shipments picked up share overall again in 2012 due to emerging markets demand” said founder and President, Earl Lum.

Strength in North America was offset by weakness globally in other regions. We estimate that CommScope remained the largest supplier in terms of both revenues and volumes in 2012.

“We forecast a net decline in BTS feeder cable shipments over the next five years as migration to tower top RRU BTS site architectures will force the replacement of coaxial feeder cables with fiber optic cables. We expect to see the market recovering slightly in 2016 and 2017. While RF cables will still be required for the transmission line connection from the RRU port to the antenna port, the much shorter lengths will alter the economic viability of the feeder cable market,” says Lum.

The report is currently available for purchase and information can be downloaded at http://www.ejlwireless.com.

About EJL Wireless Research

EJL Wireless Research provides proprietary, accurate and cutting-edge market analysis and consulting services on the wireless technology ecosystem and defense and aerospace industries. The firm's wireless infrastructure research division focuses on all vertical elements of the wireless ecosystem including mobile subscribers, mobile operators, mobile handsets, mobile infrastructure and mobile content. In addition, the firm provides analysis across horizontal technology suppliers including RF semiconductor materials, RF semiconductor/components, subsystems and OEMs. Similarly, the defense and aerospace division focuses it efforts on the ecosystem supporting UAV and airborne platforms and subsystems. Our goal is to provide our clients with mission critical market analysis and information.

EJL Wireless Research believes it has a corporate responsibility, both local and international, in giving back to the community. Please visit our website for more information about the charitable organizations it supports at: http://www.ejlwireless.com/corporate_responsibility.html.

EJL Wireless Research LLC is managed by Earl Lum. Mr. Lum has 20 years of experience within the wireless industry including 8 years as an Equity Research Analyst on Wall Street covering the global wireless industry. The company is headquartered in Salem, NH. For more information about EJL Wireless Research, please visit the company’s websites at http://www.ejlwireless.com, http://www.ejldefense.com or our weblog at http://ejlwireless.wordpress.com.

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