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Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung Stand Out in Stabilizing Infrastructure Market

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Wireless infrastructure equipment revenues stabilized in the third quarter of 2012 reaching only $11.3 billion a 1.0% decrease from the second quarter of 2012 and a 10.3% decrease from the same quarter one year ago, says ABI Research.

"Nokia Siemens share of RAN grew by the largest amount of 4.2 points quarter-over-quarter to 22.4% to narrowly miss Ericsson's 22.9% at the #2 spot. Samsung's RAN revenues grew 1.1 points to 5%. Both companies attribute their share gains to success with LTE deployments with Nokia Siemens LTE revenues growing 4 times sequentially," says Nick Marshall, principal analyst, mobile networks.

Huawei's RAN revenues fell by 15.2% sequentially, although the company retains its #1 spot in the RAN market share rankings at 24.3%. Alcatel-Lucent holds on to its #4 rank in RAN share with a value of 14.3% - down only 0.8 points from last quarter. ZTE retains the #5 market share rank in the third quarter although seeing revenues 15% drop from last year.

"There is no question that the RAN market has been squeezed in 2012, although we have seen improvements in the 3Q, being 8% down from the 14% decrease we saw in 1Q," says Aditya Kaul, practice director, mobile networks. "Even with 4Q bringing in the traditional Christmas cheer, 2012 will end up 10% down at the very least, which is bound to cause market share shifts especially in the top 3," adds Kaul.

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