Campbell, CALIFORNIA, June 7, 2010—Market research firm Infonetics Research (www.twitter.com/infonetics) released its first quarter (1Q10) 2G/3G Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers market share and forecast report.
“It was a brutal first quarter for the mobile infrastructure market, with all segments down, marked by the absence of 3G rollouts in China, prolonged weakness in Latin America and Africa, and a continued pause in GSM upgrades and modernization. On the bright side, we are seeing sustainable 3G upgrades continuing in North America and Western Europe, and W-CDMA and CDMA 2000 radio access network equipment revenues, while down sequentially, are up over the first quarter of 2009. The 3G W-CDMA journey has begun, and as a result we expect to see a bump in the RAN equipment market, including an impressive remote radio head ramp-up as a bridge to LTE, and significant activity in the packet core segment. At some point, likely in the next year or so, GSM investments will have to kick in after so long a pause,” predicts Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research’s principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure.
- Worldwide, all segments in the 2G and 3G mobile infrastructure market, including radio access network (RAN), mobile switching subsystem (MSS), packet core, and home location register (HLR) equipment, were down in 1Q10, with combined revenue dropping 19.5% sequentially to US$8.8 billion
- While the GSM equipment market showed some signs of stabilization in 4Q09, it took a further plunge in 1Q10, down 37% sequentially and down 47% compared to a year ago
- The W-CDMA equipment segment is up 25% year-over-year, from 1Q09 to 1Q10
- Cisco, with the integration of Starent Networks, has become a serious contender in the mobile packet core segment, which is now a 3-horse race between Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Cisco
- On the vendor front for the overall market, Ericsson remains strong, Nokia Siemens Networks is recovering, and Alcatel-Lucent is back
Infonetics’ mobile infrastructure report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts for RAN equipment (base station controllers; macrocell, microcell and picocell base transceiver stations; remote radio head), mobile switching subsystem equipment (mobile switching center, soft MSCs, wireless media gateways), mobile packet core network equipment (GPRS gateway support nodes, serving GPRS support nodes, packet data serving nodes), HLR equipment, and mobile subscribers.
Subscribers and most equipment are tracked by technology: GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, cdmaOne.
Companies tracked include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco (Starent), Ericsson, GENBAND, HP, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, UTStarcom, ZTE, and many others.
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