After growing as fast as 44% a year during the 1990s boom, the global wireless infrastructure market declined 5% last year, to $55 billion. Consolidation may be the only way for rivals to boost share. Here's how they stack up:


ERICSSON 28% It remains the king of wireless infrastructure

NOKIA 12 Handset giant is successfully moving onto Ericsson's turf

NORTEL 11 Strongest in supplying gear to small- and medium-size carriers

MOTOROLA 11 A merger with Nortel would fill big gaps in product lineup

LUCENT 10 Lags in market for gear based on the European wireless standard

Data: Bear Stearns & Co.

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