Based on wireless operator LTE contracts and deployments, the dominant LTE equipment provider varies from year-to-year. According to a recent report, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) will be the dominant Asia Pacific LTE infrastructure provider in 2011, with over one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in the Asia Pacific region, says NPD In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.).
The big seven players in the Asia Pacific LTE Macro Base Station market - Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Samsung, and ZTE - comprise 94% of the market. In 2009, NEC was the dominant provider, followed by Ericsson in 2010.
Samsung is projected to finish 2011 with over 10,000 LTE base station deployments across the Asia Pacific region. Unlike Ericsson, which has broad support across many operators in the region, Samsung’s deployments are highly concentrated in South Korea with a few operators such as LG Uplus, KT, and SK Telecom, according to NPD In-Stat.
“It is important to note that the market is far from static,” says Chris Kissel, Analyst at NPD In-Stat. “Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and ZTE will make strong gains in the region. By 2015, projections indicate that Huawei will lead the Asian region with the most LTE base station deployments. However, this is not yet certain as 17% of projected deployments are undecided as the infrastructure vendor of choice.”
According to the report, in 2015, Ericsson, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and ZTE will each have at least 10% of newly deployed LTE macro base station shipments.
From 2009 to 2015, it is predicted that the Asia Pacific LTE packet backhaul equipment investment by operators will account for over $5 billion in revenue. Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, and Huawei will account for at least 57% of the total spending, says NPD In-Stat.