A new report from Dell’Oro tags Alcatel-Lucent as the continuing leader in the CDMA space.
The research group’s most recent Mobility Infrastructure report not only places Alcatel-Lucent as the historical leader in CDMA (leading in CDMA revenues since 3Q01), but it also acknowledges the industry giant “has reinforced its Number One position on a quarterly basis, growing its market share – as measured by revenue – to more than 40 percent in 2Q10.”
More than half a billion wireless subscribers use CDMA networks today, and Dell’Oro said Alcatel-Lucent “continues to see CDMA as a longer-term, viable solution in established and emerging markets. CDMA remains a critical long-term asset, even as operators are starting to introduce wireless 4G technologies, due to CDMA’s extended coverage and roaming support as well as its ability to deliver high-speed data combined with low-cost and high-capacity voice.”
Dell’Oro Group’s Scott Siegler noted this trend, saying that during the last few quarter, the availability of advanced 3G CDMA devices has resulted in CDMA operators experiencing a large surge in the data traffic on their networks. He expects this data growth to continue, leading to renewed investments in modernizing older CDMA equipment and upgrading the capacity of service providers’ footprint.
“Alcatel-Lucent takes its leadership in CDMA very seriously. Building on it, we have started to partner with service providers around the world to implement our common view of the future: the evolution to a wireless all-IP network,” commented Wim Sweldens, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless activities. “Our continuous innovations in the wireless space enable them to offer a whole new range of bandwidth-demanding mobile data and video applications – over their existing equipment, but at far greater speeds and less a cost.”
With the continued global adoption of 3G services and new buildouts of 4G networks (including LTE), Alcatel-Lucent believes its green Converged RAN platform can “refresh older CDMA technology with more eco-sustainable, higher-capacity options, enabling customers to move to all-IP today, and prepare their networks for evolution to LTE when the time is right.”