Light Reading
As LTE-Advanced networks begin to reach commercial deployment, technology suppliers are scrambling to establish market leadership positions.

Who's Doing Best in LTE-A?

Danny Dicks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Danny Dicks
8/14/2014
50%
50%

Comparing telecom infrastructure vendors is an interesting challenge for an industry analyst. Financial analysts have it easy: Standard definitions of financial performance enable straightforward comparisons, and the direct link between financial analysts' judgment and market valuation galvanizes companies.

It's not quite so straightforward for us industry folk. One third of the task relates to selection of the right performance measures; one third relates to engaging the vendors such that there is sufficiently robust evidence available; and the rest relates to applying one's judgment.

So in the market for Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network infrastructure, what are the measures, how reliable and complete is the evidence, and who is doing the best?

Our measures are breadth of portfolio (vendors that can provide an end-to-end solution for LTE-A will score higher than those who focus much more); range of functionality (based on what vendors told us about the 3GPP Release 10, 11, 12 and above features in their solution or on the roadmap); uniqueness of approach (high-scoring vendors demonstrated to us aspects of their products or solutions that are different from the others in the market); customer base/market penetration (based on publicly announced contracts, and with weightings to score commercial networks and larger customers higher); and an intangible buzz factor (our judgment on the noise in the industry about a vendor's solution).

So who's doing best? Well, you'll find the answers in the report, but there are a couple of things that surprised me in gathering the evidence for the assessment:

  • One of the "big beasts" of the mobile infrastructure world -- Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Networks and Huawei -- is ahead of the others by some margin on commercial deployments, and one currently lags behind.

  • Chinese end-to-end network equipment vendor ZTE, small cell specialist Airspan and software stack vendor Radisys have particularly strong LTE-A feature sets

  • The "buzz factor" in LTE-A is dominated by the efforts of vendors to demonstrate ever more impressive carrier aggregation combinations and the commercial services in South Korea.

The newest Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider, "LTE-A Infrastructure: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis," summarizes the drivers of LTE-A network investment, and assesses the products and solutions offered by the leading LTE infrastructure vendors. It focuses on the breadth of the vendors' portfolios; the number of Release 11 and 12 LTE-A features they have enabled and the additional, related capabilities they have developed; their success at selling their solutions; and the buzz they have succeeded in building around their approach to LTE-A. Finally, the report applies an overall ranking to the eight leading vendors and describes their LTE-A approaches and offers.

— Danny Dicks, Analyst, Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider


This report,"LTE-A Infrastructure: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis," is available as part of an annual subscription (6 issues per year) to Heavy Reading 4G/LTE Insider, priced at $1,595. Individual reports are available for $900. To subscribe, please visit: www.heavyreading.com/4glte.

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
More Blogs from Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Network operators have a unique opportunity to develop and profit from IoT-as-a-service propositions.
Cloud enablement partnerships between traditional communications service providers and cloud specialists are set to proliferate in the coming years.
Communications service providers are looking to play an integral role in the M2M (machine-to-machine) value chain, but it's not easy.
Many US utility companies today are caught in a crisis of identity, progression and even purpose.
Energy efficiency has long been vital to service providers because of its large and growing effect on their operating costs and earnings.
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
LRTV Interviews
TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive