After Sparkling 2007, Cell Base Station Sales Down Steeply In 2008

After a fantastic 2007 for worldwide base station shipments, results for this year look pretty weak, reports In-Stat .  In 2007, many new 3G networks were rolled out around the world, and GSM subscriber growth was occurring at a fast clip, driven by millions of new subscribers in India, Africa, and China, the high-tech market research firm says. However, those trends will not prevent total worldwide base station shipments from dropping sharply this year compared to 2007.

New 3G networks are continuing to be deployed, and some operators like T-Mobile are deploying entirely new WCDMA-type networks. However, the worldwide economy has been faltering, subscriber GSM growth—even in fast-growing developing areas—is starting to slow, and wireless broadband use, while growing, is not growing fast enough for operators to spawn continued base station growth.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Cellular demand in China and India will keep sales of GSM base stations strong for many years.

  • WCDMA base station shipments will exceed those of GSM-type base stations by 2011.

  • 2009 will see a sharp rise in the number of TD-SCDMA base stations shipped.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  Worldwide Cellular Base Station Forecast Driven by Data (#IN0803968GW), which covers the worldwide market for cellular base stations. It provides forecasts for base station deployments by region and by air link through 2012. It includes analysis of trends in the marketplace including femtocells and TC-SCDMA. Profiles of manufacturers are also provided.

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This research is part of In-Stat's Cellular Infrastructure service. This service provides comprehensive analysis of the worldwide mobile network infrastructure and component markets. It includes assessments of market trends and emerging technologies in the wireless infrastructure industry, subscriber and subscriber trend reports, and forecasts and coverage for base station equipment, semiconductor content, voice channels, and power amplifiers.

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The Itty-Bitty Base Station Revolution—Worldwide Micro, Pico, and Femtocell Market Analysis

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