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Global Feeder Cable Market Declined 13.6% in Shipment Volumes in 2011, Commscope Remains #1 Ranked Supplier in Revenues

September 18th, 2012

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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 13.6% year over year in total volumes (measured in km of cables) in 2011. The 1/2" diameter feeder cable segment replaced the 7/8" diameter segment as the largest in shipment volumes in 2011; however, the 1 1/4" or greater diameter feeder cable segment remained the largest in revenues in 2011. Aluminum cable product shipments picked up share overall in 2011 due to emerging markets demand and higher copper pricing" said found and president, Earl Lum.

Weak end market demand in Asia Pacific (China), Latin America and Africa offset strong demand in India in 2011.

"We estimate 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 see a potential growth year in 2013 due to a stronger decline in 2012 than in 2011 as demand is being pushed out. 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.

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