In 2010, Huawei had less than half the number of European LTE base-station deployments as Ericsson, but in 2011 Huawei was the top supplier of LTE base-station equipment, according to research firm NPD In-Stat.
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland) will finish second and third in the market in 2011. Together, Huawei (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networking combine to account for more than 90% of LTE base-station equipment market. Remarkably, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea), which is projected to finish first in the Asia Pacific region, was responsible for less than 1% of the European LTE base-station equipment market in 2011.
“Success in a region is less about the region and more about the success with individual carriers, especially the large carriers. Almost half of Huawei’s 2011 LTE base station success was the result of Huawei’s work with Vodafone in Germany,” says Chris Kissel, senior analyst for In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., USA). “The market is far from static though. Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE promise to grab share in the future. Additionally, 16% of deployments in 2015 have yet to have a LTE equipment vendor selected.”
According to In-Stat, recent research found that Nokia Siemens Networks is projected to grab the top spot in the European LTE base-station equipment market in 2015, while Ericsson is projected to grab the top spot in Eastern Europe.
In 2011, Ericsson, Huawei, and Alcatel-Lucent have demonstrably similar shares of the Western European LTE base-station equipment market. In Eastern Europe, however, Huawei accounts for almost half the market, says the research firm.
It is predicted that by 2015 there will be over 400 thousand LTE POPs in European countries, and that from 2009 to 2015, the Western European LTE Packet Backhaul equipment investment by operators will account for over $2 billion in revenue.
According to a report by GSA (Global Suppliers Association), 49 LTE operators have launched commercial services, while 285 operators (over 30% higher than 6 months ago) have committed to commercial LTE network deployments or are engaged in trials, technology testing or studies.
In 2009, there were only two LTE commercial networks launched. GSA predicts that by the end of 2012 119 commercial LTE networks will be launched in over 50 countries.