Huawei retains top spot in RAN market: ABI Research

Huawei held on to its number-one spot in the global market for radio access networks in the third quarter of 2013, with Alcatel-Lucent overtaking Nokia Siemens Networks to claim third place in the rankings, according to ABI Research.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) now controls about 28.1% of the market, up by 3.8 percentage points since the third quarter of 2012, with second-place Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) boasting a 21.8% share.

Huawei held on to its number-one spot in the global market for radio access networks in the third quarter of 2013, with Alcatel-Lucent overtaking Nokia Siemens Networks to claim third place in the rankings, according to ABI Research.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) now controls about 28.1% of the market, up by 3.8 percentage points since the third quarter of 2012, with second-place Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) boasting a 21.8% share.

Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) has moved into third place since the second quarter, leapfrogging close rival Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) to account for 16.9% of the market, thanks to a strong performance in 4G.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s results were due to strong growth in LTE driven by the US market in addition to positive trends in both the APAC and EMEA regions with LTE revenues more than doubling year-over-year, thanks to the company’s LTE overlay strategy,” said Nick Marshall, a principal analyst at ABI Research.

Meanwhile, Nokia Siemens Networks, with a 14.9% share, suffered a year-on-year decrease in mobile broadband revenues that it blamed on lower sales of 2G and 3G equipment.

The vendor’s LTE revenues remained flat, with higher sales in North America, Europe and Latin America offsetting lower sales in Japan and South Korea.

Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) remains in bottom spot, with 9.5% of the market, despite posting the largest sequential growth in radio access network revenues this quarter, at 44.6%, according to ABI Research.

“Samsung’s number five ranked position is unchanged from the previous quarter but the company also attributes its large sequential growth in radio access network revenues to increased LTE sales in overseas markets,” said Marshall.