Base station expenditures in Asia-Pacific region up 50% in Q3 2012 to $7.6 billion

Telecom Lead Asia: Base station expenditures in the Asia-Pacific region grew 50 percent in Q3 2012 compared to the year ago quarter to $7.6 billion.

$7.6 billion is more than half of the total market.

North America spending grew 27 percent year-on-year in Q3 2012.

The total wireless infrastructure equipment market reached $15.4 billion in Q3 2012, down 3.1 percent from the second quarter of 2012 and up 18.9 percent from the same quarter one year ago.

For base station equipment the highlight this quarter, similar to previous quarters, continued to be found in LTE.

“Expenditures this quarter on LTE base station equipment were at the same level as Q2 2012 and almost 3 times higher than in Q3 2011 and WCDMA technologies also grew by 21 percent versus the year ago quarter,” said Nick Marshall, principal analyst, networks at ABI Research.

These trends are likely to continue throughout 2013 with strong LTE growth followed by double-digit growth for WCDMA, against a background of a declining overall market as legacy technologies phase out.

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