SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

December 08, 2009 13:40 ET

Infonetics Research: W-CDMA macro RAN equipment up 50% year-over-year as China's 3G rollouts continue

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released its third quarter (3Q09) Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers market share and forecast report, which tracks mobile subscribers and macro radio access network (RAN), mobile switching subsystem, mobile packet core network, and home location register (HLR) equipment.

"The mobile infrastructure market was marked in the third quarter by continuous 3G rollouts in China and sustainable activity in Japan and Vietnam. Most of the rest of the world was dormant, prolonging the pause in GSM upgrades, and creating potential pent-up demand that will need to be addressed over next year or so," explains Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure.


-- The overall mobile infrastructure market was down 8% sequentially
   in 3Q09 at $11 billion worldwide, but is down only 1% year-over-year
-- Mobile packet core network equipment continues to be one of the
   brightest spots of the mobile infrastructure market, driven by an
   unstoppable migration to IP, triggered by the rise of smartphone and
   data card usage
-- Following 5 consecutive quarters of growth, W-CDMA macro RAN equipment
   revenue finally slowed, decreasing 10% between 2Q09 and 3Q09
   -- Year-over-year, the W-CDMA market is up 50%
-- Ericsson retains the top position in the massive macrocell RAN
   equipment market, with 36% of worldwide revenue
   -- Meanwhile, the gap between Nokia Siemens, which lost share in 3Q09,
      and Huawei, which gained share, continues to tighten, and ZTE is
      right behind Alcatel-Lucent
-- The number of mobile subscribers is expected to reach 6 billion in 2013,
   driven by the basic need for voice service in BRIC countries (Brazil,
   Russia, India, China) and Africa


Infonetics' mobile infrastructure report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts for RAN equipment (BTS, BSC), mobile switching subsystem equipment, mobile packet core network equipment, HLR equipment, and mobile subscribers.

Technologies tracked: GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, macrocell, microcell, picocell.

Companies tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Apertio, Cisco, Ericsson, GENBAND, HP, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, Starent, UTStarcom, ZTE, and many others.


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-- Residential voice, video and data services to hit $300 billion by 2013

-- Mobile broadband services expected to more than double by 2013

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

Contact Information

  • Lead Analyst:
    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408-583-3371
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