Wireless infrastructure equipment revenues stabilized in the third quarter of 2012 reaching only $11.3 billion – a 1.0% decrease from the second quarter of 2012 and a 10.3% decrease from the same quarter one year ago, according to the latest report from ABI Research.
ABI’s RAN revenue figures put Huawei on top, followed by Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE and Samsung.
‘Nokia Siemens share of RAN grew by the largest amount of 4.2 points quarter–over-quarter to 22.4% to narrowly miss Ericsson’s 22.9% at the No.2 spot. Samsung’s RAN revenues grew 1.1 points to 5%. Both companies attribute their share gains to success with LTE deployments with Nokia Siemens’ LTE revenues growing four times sequentially,’ said Nick Marshall, principal analyst, mobile networks.
Huawei’s RAN revenues fell by 15.2% sequentially, although the company retains its No.1 spot in the RAN market share rankings at 24.3%. Alcatel-Lucent holds on to its No.4 rank in RAN share with a value of 14.3% - down only 0.8 points from last quarter. ZTE retains the No.5 market share rank in the third quarter although seeing revenues 15% drop from last year.
‘There is no question that the RAN market has been squeezed in 2012, although we have seen improvements in the 3Q, being 8% down from the 14% decrease we saw in 1Q,’ said Aditya Kaul, practice director, mobile networks. ‘Even with 4Q bringing in the traditional Christmas cheer, 2012 will end up 10% down at the very least, which is bound to cause market share shifts especially in the top 3,’ added Kaul.
A report from research firm Dell ‘Oro Group for Q3 2012 overall wireless network equipment by revenue ranked Ericsson first with at 34% market share, Huawei second with 22% and Nokia Siemens Networks with an 18% market share.
However, Dell ‘Oro’s estimate of LTE equipment revenues put Ericsson first, Nokia Siemens Networks second and Alcatel-Lucent third in Q3 2012.