With long-term evolution (LTE) ready to be deployed, investment on backhaul infrastructure is growing and will continue to grow over many years. The move to 4G technologies, in particular LTE, is crucial to handset providers, as more and more network operators invest in this market. The overall mobile backhaul equipment market is expected to grow to $8.2 billion by 2014.
The WLAN and the Bluetooth semiconductor markets continue to grow, driven by strong demand for connected devices with new applications. Wireless connectivity remains a high growth opportunity for wireless semiconductor suppliers as specifications for WLAN and Bluetooth continue to evolve.
The integration of WLAN with other radios, such as Bluetooth and GPS, has led to lower bill of materials costs for the platforms and higher value proposition for the semiconductor suppliers.
The Wi-Fi service industry has been undergoing a fundamental shift towards ubiquitous Wi-Fi, with the onset of citywide Wi-Fi deployment. The deployment of municipal broadband networks has also been on the rise in the United States, and the market for embedded Wi-Fi chips, including laptops, PDAs and mobile phones is growing.
In a critical time to market product arena, Spectrant's portfolio contains a large array of innovative low cost and low power RF solutions for voice, data, and video applications covering the Cellular, WiFi, WLAN, WiMAX, LTE, and Bluetooth markets.