Nokia Siemens leads LTE/4G radio access network market with 21% revenue share in Q3 2012

Telecom Lead Europe: Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is leading the LTE radio access network space with 21 percent revenue market share in Q3.

In the third quarter of 2012 Nokia Siemens claimed the second largest share of the LTE mobile radio access network (RAN) market by revenue, according to a report from analysts Dell’Oro Group.

Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Samsung and ZTE are the other players in the LTE market.

Nokia Siemens has 70 commercial LTE contracts, excluding trials such as the recently announced  TD-LTE trial with China Mobile.

In the Asia Pacific region Nokia Siemens Networks led the LTE RAN market. The Asia Pacific region is the biggest by revenue with 41 percent of the total LTE RAN revenue, overtaking North America for the first time.

Nokia Siemens is the leading non-Chinese TD-LTE RAN vendor.

Nokia Siemens’ share in Q3 2012 is four times its share in the equivalent 2011 report when it was reported as the fourth largest vendor.

The leading vendor from the Q3 2011 report has seen its share drop by a quarter in the most recent figures, while last year’s second placed vendor has lost over half its market share. Over that same period, the overall market size for LTE RAN equipment has almost tripled in size.

“We have a strategic focus as the mobile broadband specialist,” said Barry French, head of marketing and corporate affairs at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our customers around the world know that LTE is at the heart of the stronger, more profitable company that we are building at Nokia Siemens Networks.”

Recently, reported that a 29 percent increase in sales in Asia Pacific assisted Nokia Siemens Networks to post 3 percent increase in third quarter revenue at EUR 3.5 billion from EUR 3.41 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The company reported higher net sales in Asia Pacific, notably in Japan which saw strong growth in sales of both infrastructure equipment and services.

Europe contributed 15 percent decrease in revenue. Sales of both services and infrastructure equipment in China declined 4 percent primarily due to ongoing technology transitions which have made the timing of operator spending volatile.

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