EJL Wireless Research Reports Global BTS Market Volumes Hit Record Levels in 2014, Up 32%

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ZTE moves up to number three globally in shipments as TDD LTE shipments grow; Multi-RAT LTE/LTE-A eNodeBs Account for 74% of Total Shipments


EJL Wireless Research was correct in predicting growth in overall BTS shipments for 2014 with a forecast variance of 2%

The global base transmitting station (BTS) market grew by 32% in units in 2014, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Global Base Station Market Analysis and Forecast, 11th Edition, 2015-2019.” “Record volume was driven in part by China Mobile’s TDD LTE network deployments as well as network migrations from LTE 3GPP Rel. 9 to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) 3GPP Rel. 10 and beyond upgrades. ZTE was able to leverage its influence in China to move up to third in our market share rankings for 2014. We do note that on a pro forma basis that the future Nokia+Alcatel-Lucent combination would have been third overall, dropping ZTE down to number four,” 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 Networks, Samsung Electronics, and ZTE. The report also analyzes shipment of remote radio units (RRU).

Some key and notable facts from the analysis include:

EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting growth in overall BTS shipments for 2014 with a forecast variance of 2%

EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting overall GSM BTS shipments for 2014 with a forecast variance of 1%

EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting overall LTE eNodeB shipments for 2014 with a forecast variance of 8%

These data points continue to support EJL Wireless Research’s leadership position in forecasting capability within the wireless infrastructure market and the granularity in quantitative details the company can provide to its global client base.

“LTE eNodeB shipments increased significantly, up 86% in 2014, as demand for TDD and FDD LTE in China drove shipment volumes. We estimate that TDD LTE eNodeBs remained at 28% of overall LTE eNodeB shipments in 2014. The grafting probe in China is having a significant impact on shipments in 2015. While we are hopeful that this investigation will conclude by the end of 2015, it is difficult to say with any certainty as to when the market will recover. Therefore, we have slashed our forecast for 2015 and pushed out shipments into 2016 with the view that demand will rebound at that point,” says Lum.

Some key predictions from EJL Wireless Research LLC for 2015 are:

Global BTS shipments will be down 30%

Global eNodeB FDD LTE shipments are expected to decline 28%

Global eNodeB TDD LTE shipments are expected to decline 59%

Global NodeB W-CDMA/HSPA+ shipments are expected to increase by 3%

The top suppliers for overall base station shipments as well as by air interface standards for 2014 were:

Overall #1 BTS Supplier:                            Huawei Technologies

Overall #1 GSM BTS Supplier:                        Huawei Technologies

Overall #1 W-CDMA/HSPA+ NodeB Supplier:    Ericsson

Overall #1 CDMA BTS Supplier:                        Huawei Technologies

Overall #1 LTE eNodeB Supplier:                Huawei Technologies

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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