Dell'Oro: Ericsson outpaces rivals in network market

Infrastructure leader Ericsson doubled its lead in the market during the second quarter while two of its major competitors lost share, according to new numbers from research firm Dell'Oro Group.

Ericsson maintained its market share from the year-ago quarter at 32%, but Nokia Siemens Networks, its closest rival, saw its share drop to 20% from 26% in the year-ago quarter, according to Dell'Oro.

Huawei's share stood at 17%, up from 10% a year ago, and Alcatel-Lucent saw its market share drop to 12%, down from 14% in the second quarter of 2008.

The infrastructure market has been the scene of dramatic tumult over the past year. While overall growth is slowing – Alcatel-Lucent has predicted a contraction of 8% to 12% this year, and Nokia Siemens continues to see a 10% decline – Chinese upstarts like Huawei and ZTE have enjoyed notable gains.

Both Huawei and ZTE have nearly doubled their market share during the past year, according to Dell'Oro. On the other end, longtime stalwart Nortel Networks has been forced to sell itself off in pieces in bankruptcy court.

As for Ericsson, Dell'Oro's numbers serve to cap a busy quarter for the company. Ericsson beat out Nokia Siemens in a €798 million auction for Nortel Networks' CDMA and LTE assets, and it inked a €3.53 billion agreement to manage Sprint Nextel's networks.


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