Nokia Siemens Networks has topped the rankings for ABI Research’s latest 2012 LTE Base Station Vendor Matrix report released this week (9 April 2012).
Huawei and Ericsson took the second and third spots, respectively, while Alcatel-Lucent came in fourth in the company’s most recent evaluation of worldwide LTE base station vendors. This matrix primarily covers the competitiveness of vendors that provide LTE base stations for wireless radio access networks.
Nokia Siemens Networks took the top spot thanks to its continued momentum in attracting commercial contracts, contributions to essential IP for LTE, and its initiatives in small cells, according to ABI.
Nick Marshall, principal analyst, networks at ABI, commented: ‘Nokia Siemens Networks was number one in our implementation score on the back of their impressive number of LTE/RAN contract wins and they were also number one in our score for innovation thanks to the extension of their Liquid Radio roadmap to now encompass Flexi Zone.
‘Ericsson and Huawei were a very close number two and number three in our innovation and implementation scores thanks to their contributions to essential IP for LTE and continued market share gains, and compared to our previous vendor matrix we believe Huawei and Ericsson are closing the gap on Nokia Siemens Networks,’ added Marshall.
The vendor matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of “innovation” and “implementation” across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.
Wireless equipment vendor market share Q4 2012
In terms of overall market share for all wireless equipment, ABI Research reported on 3 April 2012 that Ericsson was still the market leader with approximately US$3.5 billion in wireless network equipment.
However, Huawei exceeded expectations and overcame Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to grab second place in the market. ‘Huawei had an exceptionally good fourth quarter,’ said practice director, mobile networks, Aditya Kaul.
‘Preliminary quarterly results of US$2.53 billion for wireless networks were up 54% quarter-on-quarter and 38% year-on-year. As a result, Huawei grabbed second place from NSN in wireless network equipment market share for the fourth quarter of 2011,’ said Kaul. NSN achieved US$2.4 billion in wireless equipment sales during Q4 2011.
The fourth quarter in 2011 was not as strong as it has been in previous years, despite it being the best quarter of 2011 for the majority of wireless equipment, according to ABI.
‘In general, fourth quarter 2011 revenues were down year-on-year from fourth quarter 2010,’ said Jim Eller, principal analyst, wireless infrastructure. ‘Wireless network operators did not spend as much in the fourth quarter as they have in past years, presumably taking a cautious approach due to uncertainty of the macroeconomic situation.’