DSL down 19%, WCDMA up four-fold in Q3

Worldwide sales of DSL equipment were down 19% in the third quarter to $US775 million, according to the latest figures from Dell'Oro Group.

          Worldwide sales of DSL access concentrator (a router or switch at the service provider's edge of a public access network) and customer premises equipment (CPE) in the third quarter declined 19% from the second quarter, to $US775 million, according to the latest figures from Dell'Oro.

          Market leaders Alcatel, Siemens and Thomson saw revenue drops of 13%, 30% and 3%, respectively. Cisco Systems, the number four player, had a 1% increase in third-quarter revenue, while number five, NEC, saw a 34% drop, according to Dell'Oro.

          Shipment volumes declined in all major regions of the world - North America, Europe, and Asia - the firm found. Access concentrator sales declined more than CPE, which was the primary reason why companies such as Alcatel, Siemens, and NEC experienced larger declines than companies such as Thomson and Siemens, Dell'Oro states.

          In mobile wireless, revenues of wideband CDMA (WCDMA) or UMTS infrastructure equipment surged over four-fold from the second quarter to nearly $US800 million in the third, according to the firm. The third quarter marked the first quarter when material revenues were recognised from the WCDMA deployments that have been occurring in Europe for the past couple years.

          Strength in WCDMA helped to offset the decline in GSM/GPRS/EDGE infrastructure equipment, which fell 22% compared to the second quarter, Dell'Oro states.

          Ericsson, Nokia, NEC and Fujitsu rank first through fourth, respectively in WCDMA infrastructure, which include base station controllers, base transceiver stations, and mobile switching centres.

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