Posted: May 13, 2013

March 26, 2013 The global base transmitting station (BTS) transceiver (TRx) market declined by 9.5% in units in 2012, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Global BTS Transceiver Market Analysis and Forecast, 9th Edition, 2012-2017.” “The decline in 2012 was the second consecutive year for the market. The market was within 10% of our prior forecast,” says founder and President, Earl Lum. The report provides a unique perspective on the global shipments and demand for base station equipment covering all air interface standards and frequencies and major OEMs including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Nokia Siemens Networks, Samsung Electronics and ZTE.

Some key and notable facts from the analysis include:

  • EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting total TRx volume shipments within our stated goal of +/- 10%
  • EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting an increase in the CDMA market and again within 10% of the forecast
  • EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting a decline in GSM/EDGE TRx shipments for 2012
  • EJL Wireless Research LLC was correct in predicting a decline in WCDMA/HSPA TRx shipments for 2012

3G technology remained the largest segment at 45% of total volumes for 2012 
“LTE shipments were up in 2012 as network deployments in North America drove shipment volumes for Bands 12/13/17 (700MHz), Bands 2/25 (1900Mz) and Bands 4/10 (2100MHz). The spectrum auction in Brazil also drove demand for Band 7 (2600MHz) while launches for BWA networks at Band 40 (2300MHz) in India contributed to overall growth. Finally, China Mobile’s Phase 2 awards for Band 41 (2600MHz) added additional volumes.” says Lum.

Some key predictions from EJL Wireless Research LLC for 2013:

  • Global BTS TRx shipments will decline by 20%
  • Global BTS LTE TRx shipments are expected to remain the largest category
  • Global BTS LTE TRx shipments are expected to decline by 6%
  • Global BTS W-CDMA/HSPA TRx shipments are expected to decline by 18%
  • Global BTS GSM/EDGE TRx shipments are expected to decline by 11%

The top suppliers for overall base station transceiver shipments as well as by air interface standards for 2012 were:

  • Overall #1 TRx Supplier: Huawei Technologies
  • Overall #1 GSM TRx Supplier: Huawei Technologies
  • Overall #1 W-CDMA TRx Supplier: Huawei Technologies
  • Overall #1 CDMA TRx Supplier: ZTE
  • Overall #1 LTE TRx Supplier: Ericsson

The report is currently available for purchase and information can be downloaded at http://4g-market.com/reports/global-bts-transceiver-market-analysis-and-forecast-2013-2017-9th-edition/

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