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 Press Clips Archives: 2001,  2002,  2003,  2004   Rollout Clips

3G Infrastructure Market Share Views 2002

Here are 3G network vendors' market share comments from the press. If you see 3G infrastructure market share related articles, please share it with us.

Nokia December 21, 2002:

"3G is a cornerstone of advanced mobile services, and currently 34 operators worldwide have chosen Nokia's WCDMA solution."
"Nokia is well underway to reach its 35% market share target in WCDMA."

Copyright Nokia, source: Nokia press release.

Ericsson December 20, 2002:

"The WCDMA contract with TDC Mobil underlines Ericsson's position as the world's leading supplier of 3G mobile systems. Ericsson has now been named as vendor in 37 out of 72 publicly announced WCDMA agreements announced to date and has a global market share of 40 per cent."

Copyright Ericsson, source: Ericsson press release.

Ericsson October 31, 2002:

"Ericsson´s leadership in supplying 3G networks to the market is confirmed as the milestone of 10 000 commercial UMTS/WCDMA macro base stations is passed."

"In March 2001, Ericsson became the first vendor to deliver commercial WCDMA systems and has to date shipped to more than 35 customers in 24 countries. Ericsson holds a leading 40 percent world market share of the estimated order values for WCDMA."

Copyright Ericsson, source: Ericsson press release.

Siemens October 30, 2002:

"Siemens mobile currently has more than 180 international customers in over 90 countries, making it the world's No. 3 among system suppliers of GSM mobile radio networks, a position it already holds in the GPRS and UMTS markets. The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group has jumped from fifth to third position in the space of just one year among the leading suppliers of mobile infrastructure."

Copyright Siemens, source: Siemens press release.

Nortel October 3, 2002:

"Nortel Networks continues to build momentum in the 3G (third generation) marketplace, and estimates its 3G contract share (based on 3G contracts for CDMA2000 and UMTS deployments) has grown to approximately 19 percent over the past three years. Nortel Networks has been awarded approximately US $2.8 billion in wireless contracts in 2002, more than any other supplier."

Copyright Nortel Networks, source: Nortel web page press release.

Nokia September 2002:

Last year [2001], we strengthened our market position in 3G networks, and we have already achieved a market share on par with our nearest competitor. In 2002, we are looking to grow faster than our accessible market, bringing us closer to our long-term targeted 35% share of the overall mobile infrastructure market.

Copyright Nokia, source: Nokia web page.

Ericsson 22.8.2002:

"Globally, Ericsson has won 41 commercial agreements for 3G network (WCDMA, Edge and CDMA2000) deployment, mainly from countries within Europe and Asia.

With the 41 agreements, [Malaysia president and country manager Mats H.] Olsson, citing analysts, said that Ericsson had secured about 40% of the WCDMA market in the world and two-thirds of all 3G contracts globally.

Among others, the contracts are from Spain's Amena; France Telecom/Orange; Australia's Hutchison Telecoms; Japan Telecom; Netherlands' KPN Mobile; Germany's Mannesmann; Portugal's Optimus; Hong Kong's SmarTone; Finland's Sonera; Britain's Vodafone and Switzerland's Swisscom."

Copyright The Star at

Ericsson 6.6.2002:

Ericsson wants to keep or increase its leading market share in third generation mobile telephony Chief Executive Kurt Hellstrom said."I believe we will succeed in our goal to maintain or increase our market share in 3G. It is probable that we will strengthen our market share," Hellstrom told an extraordinary shareholders meeting. Ericsson is already the world leader in making mobile telephony networks, which enable mobile phones to communicate with each other. It said its market share in third generation systems, which offer multimedia on handsets, was about 40 percent, the same as the share in second generation systems, like the popular GSM standard.

Copyright Reuters

Alcatel 31.5.2002:

Marc Rouanne (Alcatel SA) told the Swedish daily Dagens Industri: "We have been contacted by all the large 3G operators in Europe, with one exception, and asked for offers on equipment. Each time a large operator goes out on the open market and asks for offers, prices are pressured a bit more. This has led to prices falling to less than half of the levels negotiated in the earlier 3G contracts from about two years ago."

He said that Alcatel had no choice but to cut its prices in line with the rest of the market, including in the case of already agreed deals. Given that Alcatel is a tiny player in mobile networking equipment, and only claims a 5% to 7% share in 3G equipment, his comments may well be a calculated attempt to persuade operators to ditch existing suppliers and negotiate a more competitive deal with Alcatel.

"If you look at the market share distribution, which shows five companies with 10% to 12% market share each, that's a typical pattern for market consolidation over the next 18 to 24 months," he told a Deutsche Bank technology conference. "It's such a high investment business that there will be consolidation. It's a question of how long the parent companies can suffer the pain."

Copyright ComputerWire

Nokia 3.5.2002:

Nokia says the number of suppliers in the mobile infrastructure market will inevitably shrink in the next few years. In J.T. Bergqvist's view, a vendor needs a sizeable market share to survive in the long-term. "You have to have around 15% in order to be profitable," he claimed. And he thinks that the main contenders in the GSM and WCDMA market will be Nokia, Siemens and Ericsson while others such as Nortel, Motorola and Alcatel could find their market shares are not sustainable.

Nokia's goal is to achieve a 35% share of the global mobile infrastructure market by around 2006/2007 across all technologies. At present, said Bergqvist, the company has more than 30% of the WCDMA network market, and close to 30% in the GSM market. Across all technologies the company's share is "in the high teens," said Nokia spokeswoman Arja Suominen.

According to Bergqvist, the WCDMA market is pretty much wide open at the moment, and he pointed out that some contracts have even been renegotiated (such as mmO2's UMTS contracts). In addition, many operators in Asia are still deciding which vendors to use for their 3G networks.

Copyright 3.5.2002

Nokia 29.4.2002:

Nokia is the industry leader in the global roll-out of 3G systems, having been selected as a 3G supplier by 31 operators in Asia, the US and Europe.

Copyright 29.4.2002 Nokia

Ericsson 15.4.2002:

Ericsson has an approximately 40% market share in both GSM and in WCDMA globally.

Copyright 15.4.2002 Ericsson press release

Nokia 21.2.2002:

Nokia claims it shares an equal portion of the 3G infrastructure market with rival Ericsson, just as the Swedish rival announced it's been awarded a contract to supply a 3G network to the Swiss operator Sunrise. Nokia told the 3GSM Congress in Cannes, France, that holds 30 per cent of the 3G infrastructure market, the same as Ericsson. But that may change with Ericsson's Sunrise deal and a planned agreement with Telefonica in Spain. Ericsson is to provide Sunrise with a W-CDMA solution that includes all radio network equipment and support and integration services. It's Ericsson's 35th W-CDMA contract.

Copyright 21.2.2002

Nortel 21.2.2002:

"If you want to be a global player you can't afford to be out of the two main growth markets: UMTS and CDMA," said Pascal Debon, president of the wireless networks business unit at Nortel. Debon estimates that by 2005 there will be a mobile infrastructure market roughly divided between three camps: GSM at $20 billion and falling; UMTS at $17 billion; and CDMA, including cdma2000, at $20 billion.

"It gives us a big advantage in front of carriers in Europe to have CDMA technology," Debon continued. The company claims it is attracting new business from operators which had previously indicated they were going to go with other vendors.

Nortel claims a 17% share of announced contracts for GPRS, UMTS and cdma2000, with $6.7 billion of deals signed. By its calculations Ericsson is the market leader (23% or $9 billion). Nokia has 16% ($6.5 billion); Lucent has 14% ($5.5 billion); and NEC/Siemens has 12% ($4.6 billion).

Debon said Nortel has 11 UMTS customers, 40 CDMA/1x customers, 70 GSM/GPRS customers (27 GPRS contracts), and 59 TDMA customers.

The company has picked up new European customers through UMTS deals, he added, such as Vodafone, BT and T-Mobile. "We are shipping [UMTS] base stations in Spain, Italy and another country," he added, though terminals in quantity are not expected until Q2 or Q3 next year. "The ramp up of UMTS will be next year," Debon said.

In Europe, Nortel has signed UMTS contracts with:

  • mm02 (radio and core)
  • Vodafone Spain (radio and core)
  • Deutsche Telekom and One 2 One (likely radio and core)
  • Optimus (radio only)
  • Mobilkom (radio and core)
  • Xfera (radio and core)
  • Vodafone Italy (radio only)
  • OniWay (radio and core)
  • Viag Interkom
  • (core only)
  • Digifone.

    Copyright 21.2.2002

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