EJL Wireless Research Reports Global BTS Market Volumes Declined 11.9% in 2011

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Ericsson Recaptures Global #1 Ranking due to record shipments Distributed RRU BTS was 48% of overall market

The global base transmitting station (BTS) market declined by 11.9% in units in 2011, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Global Base Station Market Analysis and Forecast, 8th Edition, 2011-2016.” “The decline in 2011 was the first ever in BTS shipments since 2001 with weakness in India accounting for a substantial portion of the decline in GSM BTS,” says founder and President, Earl Lum. The report provides a unique perspective on the global shipments and demand for base station equipment covering all air interface standards and frequencies and major OEMs including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Nokia Siemens Networks (including Motorola), Samsung Electronics and ZTE.

Some key and notable facts from the analysis include:
    EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting a decline in overall BTS shipments for 2011 with a forecast variance of 8.2%
    EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting overall LTE BTS shipments for 2011 with a forecast variance of 10.6%
    EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting overall W-CDMA/HSPA+ BTS shipments for 2011 with a forecast variance of 3.7%

These data points continue to support our leadership position in forecasting capability within the wireless infrastructure market and the granularity in quantitative details we can provide to our global client base.

“Similar to the BTS transceiver market, LTE BTS shipments were up in 2011 but delays in spectrum auctions in Spain, Italy and France pushed some forecasted shipments into 2012. We estimate that TDD-LTE BTS accounted for 6% of overall LTE BTS shipments in 2011. Distributed RRU BTS shipments were 48% of the overall market and are expected to grow to 74% by 2016,” says Lum.

Some key predictions from EJL Wireless Research LLC for 2012:
    Global BTS shipments will be down
    Global BTS GSM shipments are expected to remain the largest category
    Global BTS LTE shipments are expected to increase 42% and become the second largest category
    Global BTS W-CDMA/HSPA+ shipments are expected to decline by 50%

The top suppliers for overall base station shipments as well as by air interface standards for 2011 were:

    Overall #1 BTS Supplier:                    Ericsson

    Overall #1 GSM BTS Supplier:            Huawei Technologies

    Overall #1 W-CDMA/HSA+ BTS Supplier:    Ericsson

    Overall #1 CDMA BTS Supplier:            ZTE

    Overall #1 LTE BTS Supplier:            Ericsson

The report is currently available for purchase and information can be downloaded at http://www.ejlwireless.com.

About EJL Wireless Research LLC
EJL Wireless Research LLC provides proprietary, accurate and cutting-edge market analysis and consulting services on the wireless technology ecosystem and defense and aerospace industries. The firm's wireless infrastructure research division focuses on all vertical elements of the wireless ecosystem including mobile subscribers, mobile operators, mobile handsets, mobile infrastructure and mobile content. In addition, the firm provides analysis across horizontal technology suppliers including RF semiconductor materials, RF semiconductor/components, subsystems and OEMs. Similarly, the defense and aerospace division focuses its efforts on the ecosystem supporting UAV and airborne platforms and subsystems. Our goal is to provide our clients with mission critical market analysis and information.

EJL Wireless Research LLC believes it has a corporate responsibility, both local and international, in giving back to the community. Please visit our website for more information about the charitable organizations it supports at: http://www.ejlwireless.com/corporate_responsibility.html.

EJL Wireless Research LLC is managed by Earl Lum. Mr. Lum has 19 years of experience within the wireless industry including 8 years as an Equity Research Analyst on Wall Street covering the global wireless industry. The company is headquartered in Salem, NH. For more information about EJL Wireless Research, please visit the company’s websites at http://www.ejlwireless.com, http://www.ejldefense.com or our weblog at http://ejlwireless.wordpress.com.

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