SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

March 05, 2009 14:51 ET

Infonetics Research: Record year for GSM rollouts, more to come with massive 3G buildouts in China, India

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released the fourth quarter (4Q08) edition of its Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers report this week. Highlights from the market research report follow.

"The large majority of mobile operators have healthy balance sheets, so the global economic turmoil roiling many markets is not likely to have a significant impact on the mobile network infrastructure market, with a few exceptions in hard-hit regions mainly due to currency devaluation. Traffic growth remains unabated and many networks are fairly loaded. China is in the midst of massive 3G rollouts, and India will soon follow, fueling the market in 2009."

Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure, Infonetics Research


--  The worldwide mobile network infrastructure equipment market grew 6%
    to $50.8 billion in 2008 over 2007, and will continue to grow in 2009
    and 2010

    --  Includes radio access network (RAN), mobile switching subsystem
        (MSS), mobile packet core network, and home location register
        (HLR) equipment

--  Currency appreciation is having a significant impact on vendors in
    this space, with the US and Hong Kong dollars, Indian rupee,
    yuan/renminbi, and yen all up; only Ericsson, which reports in Swedish
    kroner, was not significantly affected

--  Declines are expected in the overall market starting in 2011, led by
    losses in the behemoth RAN segment due to near coverage saturation and
    price pressure from operators

--  2008 was another record year for GSM rollouts, pushing the GSM network
    equipment market up 1%, as major 3G rollouts materialized in many
    markets across the globe

--  The 3G GSM network equipment market jumped 32% in 4Q08 over 3Q08 and
    will continue growing in 2009, driven by massive 3G buildouts in China
    and India

--  The emerging mobile packet core and mobile softswitching segments
    continue to be the brightest spots of the mobile infrastructure
    market, driven by an unstoppable migration to IP

--  The TD-SCDMA equipment market in China is off to a strong start

--  Ericsson gained market share in 4Q08, strengthening its #1 position
    for overall RAN equipment revenue, ahead of Nokia Siemens,
    Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and Nortel

--  Huawei snagged the #1 spot from Nokia Siemens in the fast-growing
    mobile switching subsystem market in 4Q08, putting them in the lead
    for 2008 overall

--  Worldwide HLR revenue grew 21% in 4Q08 over 3Q08


Infonetics' quarterly mobile infrastructure report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts through 2013 for RAN equipment (BTS and BSC by technology), mobile switching subsystem equipment by technology (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 by technology. Technologies tracked include GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, and microcell/picocell.

Companies tracked in the report include Alcatel-Lucent, Apertio, Cisco, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Samsung, Starent, UTStarcom, ZTE, and others.


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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
    (408) 583-3371
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