RAN sales jump past US$9.5bn

Worldwide Sales of radio access network (RAN) equipment jumped 9% from Q206 to Q306, reaching US$9.58 billion, according to the latest figures from Infonetics Research.

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By  Published  December 16, 2006

Worldwide Sales of radio access network (RAN) equipment jumped 9% from Q206 to Q306, reaching US$9.58 billion, according to the latest figures from Infonetics Research.

Demand for RAN equipment is expected to continue to rise, with sales expected to reach US$35.86 billion in 2009. Ericsson was the leading vendor for RAN equipment during the third quarter, according to the research, ahead of Nokia, Siemens and Nortel.

Sales of wireless local area network (WLAN) equipment also rose during Q306, up 19% to US$780.3million while sales of WiMax equipment climbed 23% to US$173.53million.

Cisco led sales in the WLAN equipment segment followed by Symbol and Trapeze, while Cisco’s consumer arm Linksys continued to hold the top spot for sales of residential WLAN equipment sales. Samsung, meanwhile, led sales of WiMax equipment during the quarter.

“The range of licensed and unlicensed wireless broadband and mobile technologies now available leads to some interesting opportunities for operators, but also some potentially disruptive challenges to existing business models,” said Richard Webb, analyst, Infonetics Research.

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