New IDC MarketScape Provides a Vendor Assessment of the Worldwide LTE Radio Infrastructure Market for 2013

  New IDC MarketScape Provides a Vendor Assessment of the Worldwide LTE Radio
  Infrastructure Market for 2013

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- February 21, 2013

International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a new MarketScape vendor
and market analysis profiling the leading providers in the worldwide LTE radio
equipment market. The report, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide LTE Radio
Infrastructure 2013 Vendor Analysis, utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology
that produces a graphical assessment of each vendor's current market
capabilities and strategies for competing in the future. IDC placed the three
dominant LTE radio equipment vendors – Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, and
Huawei – in the Leaders category for 2013, with two others recognized as Major
Players, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung.

"The worldwide LTE radio equipment market is gaining momentum as LTE
deployments have really taken off in the United States, Japan, and South
Korea, and have begun in earnest in other major markets in Europe and
elsewhere," said John Byrne, Director, Wireless Network Infrastructure at IDC.
"IDC expects LTE radio gear spending to exceed $20 billion by 2016 as nearly
all operators, globally, will have begun LTE migrations by then."

The study discusses both quantitative and qualitative assessments of vendors'
characteristics to explain success in the marketplace and help anticipate
their growth prospects. This study covers six vendors that provide LTE
solutions, which is the key radio access technology around which future
network architectures will be built. While there is some discussion of what
technology will evolve "beyond LTE," it is clear that operators are looking to
subsequent releases of the IMT Advanced/LTE Advanced standard to provide
efficiency and throughput gains to support network demand for at least the
next 10 years.

Covering a variety of vendors participating in the LTE radio equipment market,
this evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters
that assess vendors relative to one another and to those factors expected to
be most conducive to success in this market, for both the short and the long
term. The six vendors included in this analysis are Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson,
Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Samsung, and ZTE Corp.

Successful LTE radio offerings include the ability to scale effectively to
enable operators to support ever-growing data throughput, faster uplink and
downlink speeds, lower latency, and a more satisfactory user experience while
simultaneously controlling both opex and capex in a way that ensures mobile
operators can remain profitable. "Success in LTE is crucial to the future of
network equipment vendors providing radio equipment. To thrive, vendors must
provide a strong mix of technological execution, cost-efficiency, and a future
portfolio that can scale to meet ever-increasing demands from mobile operators
and their consumer and enterprise customers," Byrne added.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of
the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific
suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous
scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that
results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a
given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product
and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future
market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors
can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers
with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the
strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

For more information about IDC MarketScape, please contact Karen Moser at

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market
intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology,
telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT
professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make
fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than
1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology
and industry opportunities and trends in over 100 countries. For more than 48
years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their
key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading
technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC
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Michael Shirer, 508-935-4200
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