Operator survey respondents rank Ericsson as top vendor overall in market research firm IHS Infonetics’ annual microwave operator survey Ericsson takes top place in several categories, including product reliability, the number-one criteria for respondents to select microwave vendors

Independent market research firm IHS published its new Microwave Strategies and Vendor Leadership report: Global Service Provider Survey, which explores operators’ deployment plans and perceptions of microwave equipment suppliers. In the report detailing operator survey respondent perceptions, Ericsson comes out best, ranking among the top vendors in all categories.

The report recognizes Ericsson as a long-term pioneer of microwave for mobile backhaul that has consistently held the market leadership position in IHS Infonetics’ Microwave Equipment Quarterly Market Share, Size, and Forecasts report for several years.

Richard Webb, Research Director, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells, IHS, says: “Product reliability is the number-one criteria by which the survey respondents select microwave vendors; there, Ericsson took top place, as well as in solution breadth, product roadmap and management solutions. Ericsson also is joint second for security and financial stability and is in the top four across the board.”

Karolina Wikander, Head of Product Line Microwave Ericsson, says: “We are very pleased that operators continue to have high confidence in Ericsson and our MINI-LINK portfolio. We have now extended our microwave portfolio with an enhanced node concept and small cell offering. The launch includes advanced packet handling, smaller form factors and higher capacities that now reach 5 Gbps at millimeter wave.”

Ericsson is the market leader in microwave backhaul and has deployed more than 3.2 million short-haul radios for 840 customers worldwide. Almost all MINI-LINK radios Ericsson has deployed since 2001 are upgradeable to IP. MINI-LINK indoor units deployed since 2008 are upgradable to support 1588v2 phase and time sync. Being able to upgrade existing installations, instead of replacing them, can save between 40 and 60 percent in microwave costs for the IP upgrade.

Ericsson’s leadership in LTE and Mobile Broadband provides the ability to develop backhaul solutions optimized for today and future needs. MINI-LINK is an integrated part of Ericsson Radio System.

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