Overall Telecom Equipment Market Grows For 5th Consecutive Quarter, Logs 10 Percent YoY Growth in 1H21: Report

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The cumulative share of the top seven vendors remained relatively stable between 2020 and 1H21

The overall telecom equipment market has maintained its growth streak for the fifth quarter in a row, as it witnessed a 10 per cent year-over-year during the first half of this fiscal and rose 5 per cent year-over-year in Q2 of 2021, said a new report.

As per Dell’Oro Group’s Stefan Pongratz, “The growth in the first half was primarily driven by strong demand for both wireless and wireline equipment, lighter comparisons, and the weaker US Dollar (USD).”

On the back of it, the cumulative share of the top seven vendors remained relatively stable between 2020 and 1H21, comprising around 81 per cent of the market share even though Huawei and Nokia lost some share during the period.

Meanwhile, their rivals Cisco, Ericsson, Samsung, and ZTE, logged minor share gains over the same period.

The ongoing efforts by the US government to curb Huawei have started affecting its performance outside of China, including the Radio Access Network (RAN) and in other areas, the research firm noted.

The Chinese telecoms equipment maker is also unable to source custom Application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) for its equipment. On its part, it has assured analysts that the current inventory levels are not a concern over the near term for its infrastructure business.

At the other end of the spectrum, the majority of vendors have been able to mitigate the impact of supply chain shortages through proactive measures, Pongratz said. “At the same time, the supply constraints appear more pronounced with higher volume residential and enterprise products including CPE and WLAN endpoints.”

From a regional perspective, China underperformed in 2Q21, impacting the demand for both wireless and wireline-related infrastructure.

From an overall market perspective, the market benefited in the first half by single-digit growth in SP Routers and double-digit growth in Broadband Access, Microwave Transport, Mobile Core Networks, and RAN while aggregate 2Q21 revenues were in line with expectations.

Analysts at Dell’Oro remain optimistic about the second half and expect the telecom equipment market to grow 5-10% for the full year 2021.

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