Huawei retains largest share of radio access network market in Q3 2013

Alcatel-Lucent trades places with NSN to take third place and Samsung makes largest sequential gain, according to ABI Research

Huawei retains largest share of radio access network market in Q3 2013

Huawei maintained its No.1 rank in the radio access network (RAN) market with a share of 28.1% for the third quarter of 2013, according to ABI Research. Its share of the market was down 3 points from 2Q 2013 and up 3.8 points from the year-ago quarter.

Alcatel-Lucent increased its RAN revenue by 20.1% sequentially to gain the No.3 spot ahead of NSN, which dropped to No.4 with RAN revenues slightly ahead of normal seasonality for the market. Ericsson maintained its No.2 rank position with RAN revenues in line with normal seasonality.

ABI Research estimates Samsung posted the largest sequential growth in RAN revenues this quarter at 44.6%, which is also 101.4% ahead of the year-ago quarter.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s results were due to strong growth in LTE driven by the US market in addition to positive trends in both the APAC and EMEA regions with LTE revenues more than doubling year-over-year, thanks to the company's LTE overlay strategy,” said principal analyst Nick Marshall.

According to NSN its year-on-year decrease in mobile broadband revenue was primarily due to lower sales in WCDMA, GSM, and CDMA. LTE revenue was flat this quarter as higher sales in North America, Europe and Latin America offset lower sales in Japan and Korea.

“Samsung’s No.5 ranked position is unchanged from the previous quarter but the company also attributes its large sequential growth in RAN revenue to increased LTE sales in overseas markets,” continued Marshall.

ABI Research has estimated the market share for the top 5 vendors and this is shown in the table below.

Top 5 RAN vendor Q3 2013 market share

1 Huawei - 28.1% (Q2: 31.1%)

2 Ericsson - 21.8% % (Q2: 23.4%)

3 Alcatel-Lucent - 16.9% % (Q2: 14.3%)

4 NSN - 14.9% % (Q2: 15.9%)

5 Samsung - 9.5% % (Q2: 6.7%)

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Macro Base Stations Research Service.

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