Monday, June 9, 2008

Dell'Oro: Price Stabilization Lifts GSM Market

The GSM market benefited from a stabilization of equipment prices in Q1 2008, according a newly published Mobility Infrastructure Quarterly Report from Dell'Oro Group. Although GSM was not the largest contributor to the growth of the total mobility infrastructure market during the first quarter of 2008, it grew nearly 10 percent over the year ago quarter. Driving the growth of the GSM market was the second largest number ever of base station shipments, exceeded only by the previous quarter. The report also shows that the strong growth in GSM revenue offset the declines in the CDMA market, which took a notable plunge during the first quarter.

The Dell'Oro Group Mobility Infrastructure Quarterly Report covers manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, transceiver or RF carrier shipments, and unit shipments for base station controllers, base transceiver stations, and mobile switching centers for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA, and WCDMA.

"For the first time, Asia Pacific represented over half of all GSM revenue," stated Scott Siegler, Analyst of Mobility Infrastructure research at Dell'Oro Group. "Business in this highly price-sensitive region has resulted in double-digit quarter-to-quarter price reductions for the previous three quarters. Over these past several quarters, ASP's were pushed downward as vendors sold equipment at exceptionally steep discounts in order to establish and expand their footprint in the region. This quarter, in contrast, vendors became more selective in the deals they were accepting, balancing the economics of the sale with their gain in market share. For the first time in four quarters we have seen ASP's begin to stabilize," Siegler continued.

1. What were the main
trends for GSM in Q1 2008?

2. How did WCDMA
perform in Q1 2008?

3. How
did WCDMA perform in other regions?

4. How did the CDMA
market perform in Q1 2008t?

5. What impact does
China's telecom reform have on the WCDMA market?

6. Timelines for WiMAX
and LTE?

See also