Ericsson, Nokia Siemens, ZTE gain share in wireless packet core market


The wireless packet core market, including evolved packet
core (EPC), grew nearly 40 percent in the second quarter of this year over the
same quarter last year, according to Exact Ventures.  


During the quarter, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens gained
share due to seasonal strength, while ZTE gained share on strong shipments,
especially PDSN shipments, to India.


This growth resulted primarily from a surge in PDSN shipments
to CDMA operators in Asia Pacific, such as MTS in India, and to a lesser
extent, large North American CDMA-based operators, such as Verizon Wireless and


Growth for the nascent EPC market temporarily slowed in
the second quarter; however, it is expected to take off in the second half of
the year due to scheduled EPC network launches.


Wireless packet core equipment is critical for operators
to develop revenue generating applications and services that differentiate
network traffic content,” said Greg Collins, founder and principal analyst at
Exact Ventures.   


EPC equipment, helps operators increase their share of
profits from the growth in mobile data traffic, which mostly benefits today’s
application and content providers, like Google and Apple.  


To meet the operator demands, vendors are tasked with
providing network equipment that can scale with the tremendous increases in
data and signaling traffic as well as provide intelligent and management
functionality to help them to develop their own applications in order to grow
revenues and differentiate their services.


Recently exact ventures reported
that the wireless packet core market, including evolved packet core
(EPC), grew over 50 percent in 1Q11 compared to 1Q10 due to sustained growth in
mobile data and signaling traffic.


Smartphone penetration and mobile data traffic is
expected to continue to rise into the foreseeable future, driving a
double-digit market growth forecast for the wireless packet core market in
2011, according to Exact Ventures.


By Team
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