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Ericsson gets high marks from operators in microwave survey

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Ericsson is the highest rated vendor by operators in 8 out of 10 of the criteria in a survey carried out by Infonetics, compared to finishing 1st in only one criterion last year. Huawei received high scores from operators in pricing and price to performance ratio, as it did in Infonetics' 2011 microwave survey.

"As the microwave equipment market gets more and more crowded and the climate of cash conservatism persists, service providers are looking at different aspects of vendors and their solutions with ever-greater scrutiny," says Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave, mobile offload, and mobile broadband devices at Infonetics Research.

Webb adds: "For vendors, strategy has become an increasingly slippery slope-they have to grapple with going in with strong technology at a higher-than-average price, or with lower-priced (but potentially lower-rated) technology, or running the risk of being solid but indistinct across the board. Getting it right is a moving target that currently Ericsson hits on bullseye."

In Infonetics' May 2012 Microwave Equipment market share report, NEC held the lead in equipment revenue in the first quarter of 2012 with 20%, just ahead of Ericsson; Huawei was 3rd.

The portion of operators deploying all-Ethernet microwave is growing significantly, from 19% now to 38% by 2014.

Over three-quarters of surveyed operators use microwave for backhauling mobile traffic in urban areas; 2nd-mile backhaul is also popular. In addition, one-third of microwave links deployed between now and 2014 will be new links, largely driven by the rollout of small cells.

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