SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

March 30, 2011 07:27 ET

Infonetics Research: Femtocell market gaining traction; Samsung and Alcatel-Lucent lead early market

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( earlier this month released its fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10) 2G/3G/4G Femtocell Equipment market share, size, and forecast report, which tracks femtocells for CDMA, W-CDMA/HSPA, and CDMA2000/EV-DO networks, and later will track 4G femtocells based on WiMAX and LTE.

"Traction is coming to the femtocell market, but slowly: with over 1.2 million units shipped in 2010 for revenue (not including non-revenue shipments for trials and soft launches), the market is now underway, but through 2011 there will still be too few operators active in this space to drive rapid acceleration. We expect this to come in 2012, when femtocell shipments should exceed 5 million worldwide, driven by a diversification from the consumer and enterprise segments to rural and public spaces," predicts Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.


  • Worldwide revenue from 2G and 3G femtocells sold for use in CDMA, W-CDMA/HSPA, and CDMA2000/EV-DO networks grew 121.5% and the number of units sold for revenue grew 204% in 2010 over 2009, from a small base
  • The number of femtocell units sold doubled between 4Q09 and 4Q10
  • Quarter-over-quarter, the number of femtocell units sold increased 21% and revenue grew just 1% in 4Q10 over 3Q10, reflecting the decline in unit prices
  • Samsung took the #1 spot in femtocell revenue market share in 4Q10, followed closely by Alcatel-Lucent and NEC
  • As the femtocell market evolves and more operators launch services, strong fluctuations in market share and leaderboard positions are expected
  • Femtocell average revenue per unit (ARPU) will continue to erode, with the industry focused on the magic number of US$100, expected to be reached in 2011 (some vendors have already achieved this)
  • As of early 2011, no next-generation 4G (WiMAX or LTE) femtocell services have been deployed, but tier 1 mobile operators have expressed the view that LTE and subsequent high-capacity air interfaces are most likely to be deployed through hierarchical cell structures, including femtocells

Infonetics' quarterly 2G/3G/4G Femtocell Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts, and analysis for revenue, units, and ARPU of 2G femtocells (CDMA) and 3G femtocells (W-CDMA/HSPA and CDMA2000/EV-DO), and will include 4G femtocells when commercially available. Market drivers, customer wins, and service provider deployments by targeted segment (consumer, enterprise, public space, rural, etc.) are included. Companies tracked include 2Wire, Airvana, Airwalk, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Hay Systems, Huawei, ip.access, Juni, Motorola, NEC, NETGEAR, Nokia Siemens Networks, RadioFrame, Samsung, SerComm, Thomson, Ubiquisys, ZTE and others.


To download prospectuses, tables of contents, etc., log in to Infonetics' portal ( and go to RESEARCH, then FMC AND FEMTOCELL.



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.

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