EJL Wireless Research Reports Global BTS Market Volumes Declined 0.4% in 2012

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Huawei Back on Top Again as Top Supplier but Ericsson Maintains Leadership in LTE BTS NSN Leader in Distributed RRU BTS Market.


“The market stayed essentially flat in 2012 despite the financial crisis in Greece,” says founder and President, Earl Lum

The global base transmitting station (BTS) market declined by 0.4% in units in 2012, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Global Base Station Market Analysis and Forecast, 9th Edition, 2012-2017.” “The market stayed essentially flat in 2012 despite the financial crisis in Greece,” 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 growth in overall W-CDMA/HSPA+ BTS shipments for 2012 with a forecast variance of 5.6%

    EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting overall CDMA BTS shipments for 2012 with a forecast variance of 5%

    EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting LTE2600 FDD BTS shipments for 2012 with a forecast variance of 9.5%

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 2012 but delays in spectrum auctions in Spain, Italy and France pushed some forecasted shipments into 2012. We estimate that TDD-LTE BTS accounted for 16% of overall LTE BTS shipments in 2012, compared with 6% in 2011. Distributed RRU BTS shipments were 42% of the overall market,” says Lum.

Some key predictions from EJL Wireless Research LLC for 2013:

    Global BTS shipments will be down 11%
    Global BTS GSM shipments are expected to decrease by 21%
    Global BTS LTE shipments are expected to increase 41%
    Global BTS W-CDMA/HSPA+ shipments are expected to decline by 15%

The top suppliers for overall base station shipments as well as by air interface standards for 2012 were:

    Overall #1 BTS Supplier:            Huawei Technologies

    Overall #1 GSM BTS Supplier:            Huawei Technologies

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

    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 20 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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