LTE equipment to reach $17.5 billion in 2016: Infonetics

Telecom Lead India: The LTE equipment market is expected
to grow to $17.5 billion in 2016, due to rapid LTE deployment across the world,
according to Infonetics.


LTE spending is up 128 percent from the year-ago first
quarter, and the number of mobile operators committing to LTE continues to
increase rapidly.


319 mobile operators have committed to LTE as of early
May 2012, up from 285 the previous quarter, and 72 LTE operators have launched
commercial services in 37 countries, according to the Global Mobile
Suppliers Association (GSA).


In 1Q12, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are once again neck and
neck in the race for global LTE revenue leadership, followed by Huawei.


Infonetics expects a spike in TD-SCDMA equipment spending
this year due to China Mobile’s expanding TD-LTE trials aimed at helping it
move quickly to 4G.


From the year-ago first quarter, the overall 2G, 3G, and
4G infrastructure market, including LTE and WiMAX equipment,
is down 8 percent.


The research found weak 2G and 3G activity across the
board, exacerbated by China Mobile’s dramatic GSM pause on the heels of
extraordinary shipment levels in the previous quarter.


The global 2G, 3G, and 4G equipment market
decreased 14 percent to just under $10 billion in the first quarter of 2012
(1Q12) following an 8 percent increase the previous quarter, reports market
research firm Infonetics Research.


One bright spot of the quarter is 3G mobile packet core
network equipment (GGSNs, SGSNs, PDSNs), up 4 percent sequentially
and up 5 percent from 1Q11, reflecting ongoing 3G expansion activity tied to 2G


The overall mobile infrastructure market took a beating
in the first quarter of 2012,”said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for
mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.


Global telecom equipment market to grow at a CAGR of 3.6
percent over the period 2010-2014

According to Research and Markets, global telecom
equipment market will grow at a CAGR of 3.6 percent over the period 2010-2014.


Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel-Lucent,
and ZTE are leading the market.


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