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2G/3G Mobile Infrastructure Market Has First Positive Quarter in over a Year

03 декабря 2010

The worldwide 2G and 3G mobile infrastructure market grew 2% in 3Q10, to $8.8 billion, claims Infonetics Research in a report. However, the overall market is still down year-over-year (-20.7% from 3Q09), when the market was inflated by massive 3G rollouts in China.

"As we anticipated more than a year ago, in the third quarter of 2010 the mobile infrastructure market was marked by the start of 2G capacity upgrades and modernization projects, sustained but slowing 3G activity in North America, and the start of 3G rollouts in India. Despite the misleading '4G' pandemonium in the US, 2G is back in full force and will keep the planet busy for the next few years as global mobile penetration reaches 100%," predicts Stephane Teral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure.

Since its peak of $42.5 billion in 2008, annual spending on just RAN equipment -- base transceiver stations (BTS), base station controllers (BSC), and remote radio heads (RRH) -- is dropping almost $10 billion, to an expected $33.4 billion in 2010.

The GSM RAN equipment market bounced back in 3Q10, up 12.5% sequentially, led by major 2G capacity upgrades in China and India.

Ericsson remains the King of the Radio, with double the revenue market share of its nearest competitor, Nokia Siemens, for worldwide macrocell RAN equipment. In the mobile packet core equipment segment -- in which Ericsson is also #1 -- just 3 quarters ago the spread between #2 Nokia Siemens and #3 Cisco was about 13.5 percentage points; in 3Q10 the distance between them is only 2 percentage points.

Источник: Cellular news

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