Week in research: Microwave leaders vie for supremacy; U.S. remains major international Internet hub

Microwave leaders vie for supremacy: Infonetics' Q2 2011 Microwave Equipment vendor market share and forecast report showed that Ericsson, NEC and Huawei are all now within one market share point of each other in the microwave market. Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave at Infonetics Research, said that Huawei, in particular, is becoming a bigger threat in the microwave market. "Over the last 18 months, Huawei increased their quarterly microwave equipment revenue by over 90%, which now puts them within about a point of market share from perennial leaders Ericsson and NEC as of the second quarter of 2011," Webb said, adding the Chinese vendor's "success can largely be attributed to the considerable amount of higher-spectrum microwave gear they sell, particularly 23- and 38-GHz equipment, and to leveraging their contracts with their mobile RAN and optical equipment customers." Release

Infonetics microwave equipment vendors 2011

U.S. remains major international Internet hub: New research from TeleGeography revealed that international Internet bandwidth connected to the U.S. grew 40 percent in 2011, down from the 49 percent annual growth rate between 2007 and 2011. The major contributors to this growth continue to be Asia and Latin America, which connected 42 and 85 percent of their international bandwidth to the U.S., respectively. Post  

TeleGeography US Internet connectivity

China to become second largest telecom market: Driven by growth in Fiber to the x (FTTX) and 3G wireless, Pyramid Research argues in its new report, "China: FTTx and 3G Drive Growth, Making It No. 2 Telecom Market Globally," China's telecom market will surpass Japan's by 2014. If this forecast bears fruit, China will become the second largest telecom market behind the U.S. Release

Number portability drives competition: Telcordia points out in its new study that there are a number of economic and information advantages for telecommunications carriers and consumers from having multiple regional providers of Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) services. The new study, which was conducted by Dr. William Rogerson, Professor of Economics at Northwestern University and former Chief Economist of the FCC, evaluates how the upcoming NPAC service procurement could be organized to allow for multiple regional providers and the costs and benefits of doing so. Release