Ericsson AB is still king of the telecom network infrastructure vendors but only by the narrowest of margins.
The Swedish vendor today announced full-year 2012 revenues of 227.8 billion Swedish kronor (US$35.84 billion), just ahead of the 220.2 billion yuan renminbi ($35.4 billion) generated by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. last year. (See Ericsson Spies Networks Payoff and Huawei Expects 10%+ Growth in 2013.)
The Chinese company might be top of the pile by the end of this year, though, if it can achieve its predicted 10 percent sales growth.
Alcatel-Lucent reports its fourth-quarter and full-year numbers on Feb. 7 but will not be troubling Ericsson and Huawei at the top of the sales leaderboard: Instead it will be battling NSN for third place.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading