Dell'Oro: Ericsson dips as network infrastructure market shrinks

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) continued to lead the global mobile network infrastructure market in the second quarter but saw its market share dip slightly, according to research firm Dell'Oro. 

The firm, which issues quarterly reports on the state of the infrastructure business, said the total market contracted 17 percent from the year-ago quarter, even worse than the 14 percent it shrunk in the first quarter. The firm said the market has yet to fully recover from cuts in operator spending during the height of the global economic recession, and has been hampered by component shortages coupled with rising demand.

Sweden's Ericsson saw its market share slip slightly to 33 percent, down from 35 percent in the year-ago quarter. Nokia Siemens Networks, which recently made a splash in North America by acquiring Motorola's (NYSE:MOT) wireless networks business for $1.2 billion, saw its share increase to 20.8 percent in the quarter, up from 20 percent a year ago. Huawei, which reportedly failed in its bid to acquire Motorola's business, held steady at 20.6 percent, Dell'Oro said.

Alcatel-Lucent (NASDAQ:ALU) and ZTE rounded out the top five vendors. Motorola had a 3.2 percent share in the quarter, making it the No. 6 vendor. 

For more:
- see this Reuters article
- see this Alcatel-Lucent release

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