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.
re: Ericsson Retains Its Crown – Barely I totally get your point and you are right, but the 'fair' point opens a Pandora's box.... eg does Ericsson have zero sales to enterprises? Is converting yuan and krona into US$ fair to compare the sales of competing companies?
I would love to get my hands on detailed breakdowns of sales by product types to specific customer sets for each of the vendors. Alas...-áIf I was doing this as an analyst (industry or financial) then I'd have to lay down a long list of criteria (and any such list would then be open to questions of fairness). But this is more a rough indication of -áthe power shift among major vendors and more light-hearted than any serious in-depth analysis would be (but no joke).-áIt's more akin to a back-of-the-envelope comparison over a drink in a pub (the kind of analysis in which I specialize).And for those wondering why Cisco doesn't get a mention -- I took into consideration those companies that sell a broad range of network equipment systems and supporting services primarily to network operators - Cisco still has most of its sales to non-telcos.-áOf course, ZTE fits into this category -- it will still be 5th largest when it reports its full year 2012 numbers.