Telecommunications equipment (also telecoms equipment or communications equipment) is hardware used for the purposes of telecommunications.
Telecommunications equipment can be broadly broken down into the following categories:3
- Public switching equipment
- Analogue switches
- Digital switches
- Transmission equipment
- Customer premises equipment
The world's five largest telecommunications equipment (ex. mobile phone handsets) vendors measured by applicable 2011 revenues are:4
The world's five largest router and switch vendors measured by applicable revenues in the first quarter of 2012 are:5
The world's 10 largest mobile phone handset vendors measured by unit sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 are (global market share shown in parentheses):6
- Samsung (22.7%)
- Nokia (18.0%)
- Apple (9.2%)
- ZTE (3.4%)
- LG Electronics (3.2%)
- Huawei (2.9%)
- TCL (2.4%)
- Lenovo (1.8%)
- Sony Mobile Communications (1.7%)
- Motorola Mobility (1.7%)
As of 2012 many of the largest telecoms networking equipment vendors are struggling financially due to over supply, rising market share of China-based vendors, and declining revenues for 2G and 3G networks not being fully offset by the growing market for 4G equipment.78
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- "Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 1.7 Percent in 2012". Gartner. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
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