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Ovum: Huawei beats Alcatel-Lucent in 1Q09 to top optical networking market for the first time

Huawei beats Alcatel-Lucent in 1Q09 to top optical networking market for the first time; Asia-Pacific, led by strength in China and India, shows remarkable resilience despite the global downturn, says Ovum

Global spending of $3.6 billion meets our expectation; Alcatel-Lucent remains leader in annualized revenues

For immediate release, May 14, 2009. Ovum today announced its preliminary 1Q09 results for global optical equipment networking vendors. The global optical networking (ON) market, led by strength in Asia-Pacific markets, was $3.6 billion, down 15% sequentially and down 8% compared with 1Q08. “This marks the second time in two quarters that the ON market has shrunk compared with the year-ago quarter, but given the global financial meltdown the situation could have been much worse.” remarks Ovum’s Vice President, Optical Networking, Dana Cooperson. “Spending in Asia-Pacific was surprisingly strong. We did not see the seasonal decline we normally expect in China, for example, as the race to build 3G mobile networks and support them with transport capacity obliterated any seasonality or macroeconomic downturn factors. Huawei, posting a remarkable $790 million in revenue to lead the market for the quarter, benefited from China’s 3G race, along with teledensity growth in India, a strong and stable currency, and comparatively little exposure to the cool North American market, while Alcatel-Lucent suffered from much of the opposite.”

Top ten ON vendor share

Of the top ten vendors, none posted both sequential and year-over-year revenue gains, reflecting slowing spending in much of the world. Vendors who beat both the sequential and year-over-year average market declines of 15% and 8%, respectively, include Ericsson, Huawei, and NEC. Those three vendors plus ZTE were the only top ten vendors that did not post revenue declines compared with 1Q08. Huawei and ZTE grew revenues by more than 40% and 20%, respectively, over 1Q08 in part due to 3G mobile-related spending in China. “Alcatel-Lucent held on to the market lead with 21.7% annualized share, but Huawei picked up 1.8 percentage points to come within 3 points of the market leader at 19.1% share. Given the continued strength of spending in markets where Huawei is strong, its light exposure to weaker markets, and the firm’s seemingly bottomless availability of financing, this looks like a huge year for the Chinese giant.” said Cooperson.

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For more information or to speak with Dana Cooperson about these quarterly ON results, please contact us at or contact a member of the global PR team listed below.

About Ovum:

Ovum’s primary activity is providing value-added advisory services and consulting to retained and project clients. The company acts as a well-respected and trusted source of industry data, knowledge and expertise on the commercial impact of technology, regulatory and market changes. Ovum engages in continuous research and industry analysis to determine market dynamics in its specialist sectors.

Ovum has developed long-standing relationships with many of its corporate clients, which include major international blue-chip companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT, Cable & Wireless, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Telstra and Vodafone.

Ovum is part of the Datamonitor Group.

Ovum’s global PR contacts:

North America:

Sara Kaufman

Tel: +1 617-722-4602



Maria Di Martino

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7675 7529



Tanisha Kaul

Tel: +61 3 9601 6723


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