SOURCE: Infonetics Research

June 23, 2008 12:45 ET

Infonetics Research: Ericsson widens lead in RAN market; mobile core and soft MSC segments shine

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reports that worldwide sales of radio access network (RAN) equipment dropped 14% sequentially to $10.1 billion in the first quarter of 2008.

Infonetics' report, Mobile Network Infrastructure Equipment and Subscribers, shows worldwide RAN equipment revenue, while down in 1Q due to seasonality, is up 3% from the same quarter a year ago (1Q07), primarily driven by strong GSM deployments in India and China, and sustained network upgrades in North America.

"Soft mobile switching centers (MSCs) and packet core are and will continue to be the two bright spots of the mobile infrastructure market. Service providers continue to deploy packet tandem architecture and seek opex reductions through IP transport, key drivers for these fast growing markets," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure at Infonetics.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Despite a tough quarter, Ericsson increased its lead in overall RAN
    equipment revenue market share with close to a third of the worldwide
--  Nokia Siemens, Alcatel-Lucent, and Nortel hold the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
    positions in worldwide RAN revenue share, respectively
--  Sales of soft mobile switching centers (MSCs), which provide call
    control, signaling, and intelligence for mobile networks, will grow in the
    double digits annually through 2011
--  Worldwide revenue from W-CDMA microcells is up 5% in 1Q08
--  Sales of home location registers (HLRs) (centralized databases that
    store mobile subscriber information and profiles) are down 3% sequentially,
    but up 30% year-over-year, driven by network upgrades and new network
--  Strong RAN equipment activity in the Asia Pacific region helped
    increase its share of the worldwide RAN market to 41% in 1Q08;
    Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) accounts for 28%, CALA 16%, North America

Infonetics' report tracks HLR equipment; RAN equipment, including base transceiver stations (GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA/CDMA2000, microcells, picocells) and base station controllers (GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA/CDMA2000); mobile core network equipment (GPRS core network equipment and packet data serving nodes), and mobile switching subsystem equipment, including MSCs split by technology and soft MSCs. The report also tracks mobile subscribers (2G/2.5G GSM, 3G W-CDMA, 2G/2.5G CDMA, and 3G CDMA2000).

Forecasts are updated quarterly for all regions. Companies tracked include Alcatel-Lucent, Apertio, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Samsung, Starent, UTStarcom, ZTE, and others.

For report highlights, log in to Infonetics' online portal from (see Wireless and FMC area). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets, including network security, enterprise voice, unified communications, broadband networks, IPTV, IP video, mobile TV, optical networks, metro Ethernet, carrier routing and switching, wireless, mobile network infrastructure, FMC, VoIP, IMS, policy management, subscriber management, service management, carrier capex and opex, and more. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst, Service Provider VoIP, IMS, and Mobile Infrastructure
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583-3371
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