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Business | April 04, 2012

Huawei climbs to Top2 spot in wireless equipment

Wireless equipment vendors performed well in the fourth quarter of 2011. Huawei claimed the Top2 spot in the ranking.
While finishing strong in the last quarter of every calendar year is typical for vendors in this market, Huawei exceeded expectations and overcame Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to grab second place in the market. As usual, Ericsson was the market leader, with approximately USD 3.5 billion in wireless network equipment sales during 4Q2011.

“Huawei had an exceptionally good fourth quarter,” says practice director, mobile networks, Aditya Kaul. “Preliminary quarterly results of USD 2.53 billion for wireless networks were up 54% quarter-on-quarter and 38% year-on-year. As a result, Huawei grabbed second place from NSN in wireless network equipment market share for the fourth quarter of 2011.”

NSN achieved USD 2.4 billion in wireless equipment sales during 4Q2011.

The fourth quarter in 2011 was not as strong as it has been in previous years, despite it being the best quarter of 2011 for the majority of wireless equipment. “In general, fourth quarter 2011 revenues were down year-on-year from fourth quarter 2010,” says Jim Eller, principal analyst, wireless infrastructure. “Wireless network operators did not spend as much in the fourth quarter as they have in past years, presumably taking a cautious approach due to uncertainty of the macroeconomic situation.”

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