Huawei retains leadership in base station antenna ranking

Huawei has retained its title as leader in the passive base station antenna market in 2020.
Huawei base station antennaChina-based Huawei has increased its market share to 35.1 percent in the passive base station antenna market in 2020.

The Cellular Base Station Antenna Market competitive ranking report from ABI Research said the top four firms remain unchanged for 2020 with Huawei in the lead, followed by CommScope, Kathrein Mobile Communication, and Rosenberger.

Amphenol Antenna Solutions moved up one rank in the base station antenna market in 2020 to the 5th position. The top 5 vendors made up more than 70 percent of the total passive base station antenna market in terms of revenue.

Huawei has a diverse product portfolio as well as increase a range of RF spectrum and antenna design innovations.

There will be some on Ericsson’s acquisition of Kathrein benefits the antenna company. Rosenberger has seen their market-share increase significantly as the company expanded their antenna line-up and widened their regional market engagement.

The passive base station antenna market faced disruption in 2020 with the increased emphasis on active antennas for the 5G mobile network as well as the impact from COVID-19 pandemic. Delay in investments for rollouts and upgrades of the mobile networks further impacted the market negatively, both in developed and developing regions.

ABI Research said the vendors are ranked and evaluated based on multiple criteria such as their market share, passive antenna portfolio, multiband antenna capability, and notable innovations which address challenges in antenna deployment among others.

The top 12 companies evaluated and ranked are:

Market Leaders: Huawei and CommScope

Mainstream: Kathrein Mobile Communication, Rosenberger, and Amphenol Antenna Solutions

Followers: Radio Frequency Systems, Comba Telecom, ACE Technologies, MOBI Antenna, Dengyo, Tongyu Communication, and Hengxin Technology

“The market leaders both scored well but they are experiencing increased pressure from the other antenna vendors where competition is building in specific regions and in specific product segments,” says Dean Tan, Research Analyst at ABI Research.

ABI Research considered nine criteria for the assessment of various vendors. These include antenna market share, antenna sales geographical penetration, financial and organizational health, antenna customer contract wins, antenna portfolio, multi-band capabilities, ultra-wideband capabilities, intellectual property and R&D, antenna configurability and maintenance.