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iGR Study Quantifies Pandemic Effect, Forecasts Home Broadband Use

An iGR market study analyzes how U.S. mobile consumer behavior at home affects broadband telecommunications use. According to iGR, the information in the market study would be valuable for mobile operators, cable multiple system operators and other fixed broadband providers, device original equipment manufacturers, content providers and distributors, financial analysts and investors.

“In the last 18 months, the pandemic has had an obvious impact on many U.S. consumers’ home data usage,” said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR. “In our new forecast we have estimated how the pandemic will likely impact average home data usage during the next five years.”

A statement from iGR about the study does not reveal any details about the study’s findings, and instead describes in general terms what the study includes.

“The study estimates home broadband usage and how much of that usage is on Wi-Fi, as well as how much of the usage is generated by video content,” the statement reads. “The market study incorporates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on home broadband usage throughout the forecast, according to iGR’s assumptions about broadband consumers’ current behaviors and their behaviors when the United States returns to a new normal.”

The study, “U.S. Home Broadband & Wi-Fi Usage Forecast, 2020-2025: Measuring the Pandemic’s Continued Impact,” provides a five-year forecast for the amount of data used over home broadband connections in U.S. households. Additionally, the forecast divides the data use into wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi and splits use between video and non-video content.  The study discusses home broadband use behaviors of U.S. consumers and details results from iGR’s October 2020 survey of more than 1,000 U.S. mobile consumers.



Tower Top RF Electronics Market to Explode with 4G Overlay

Sept. 10 – Carriers will depend more on innovations in tower mounted amplifiers, remote radio heads and active antennas to meet increasing data capacity demands under CAPEX pressure, according to a report by ABI Research, with the market expected to exceed $4.5 billion by 2017.

“Tower top active RF electronics will become more important as LTE roles out over the next few years. This will be especially true for remote radio heads and active antennas,” said Lance Wilson, research director for mobile networks at ABI Research.

While the base station electronics market as a whole is growing rapidly, tower mounted amplifiers, remote radio heads and active antennas may end up competing with each other for a slice of the pie, according to ABI Research’s Tower Top RF Electronics Research Service.

Tower mounted amplifiers represent one of the best values for improved base station performance for service providers. Balancing the system link budget equation can now be easily accomplished at nominal cost, according to the report. However, remote radio heads’ star is rising in the base station firmament.

Remote radio heads, which are becoming one of the most important subsystems of distributed base stations, represent a threat to TMA market growth.

Active antennas, which allow beam forming and shaping, could themselves affect the remote radio head market as that function is now incorporated into the active antenna.

“All three of the above major RF electronics sub-systems have become intertwined as functions start to converge, according to ABI Research.