Ericsson admits to 2012 decline in network equipment share

Ericsson said that its share of the overall network equipment market slumped from 27 per cent in 2011 to 24 per cent in 2012, based upon preliminary company data.

The infrastructure vendor said in a statement that the fall was due to a lower market share in the mobile equipment market, which slipped down from 38 per cent in 2011 to 35 per cent last year. The slump in market share was driven by a technology migration that is underway in China, where operator investments are moving from GSM to other technology areas where Ericsson has limited presence.

However, the company said it has maintained its share of installed base stations at 40 per cent on a global basis.

Elsewhere, Ericsson highlighted that its share of the LTE equipment marketplace is twice the size of its largest competitor, measured in shipments for the full year 2012. Ericsson noted that globally, LTE deployments are still in their early phases.

The company also said that its internal data indicates it had 13 per cent of the telecoms services market as of the end of 2012, making it larger than any competitor in a fragmented market. The acquisition of Telcordia, consolidated as of January 2012, has also put Ericsson into a leading position in the OSS and BSS market, according to the vendor.

Ericsson and Huawei battled for leadership in the Radio Access Network market throughout 2012, according to a recent study from ABI Research. Both vendors were closely matched in RAN market share, with about 24 per cent each during the year, followed by Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE, Samsung and NEC.

For more:
- see this Ericsson release
- see this Reuters article

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