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Fixed-wireless sales drop; overseas outlook up

Wed, 07/11/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

First-quarter sales of broadband fixed wireless point-to-multipoint equipment dropped 35 percent from the previous quarter, to $150 million, a study says. Alcatel had 35 percent of the market share.

The market took a hit in that quarter from seasonality and a weak North American market, but the 12-month outlook for sales of 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz products in Europe, Latin America and Asia look good, and will be key to driving growth, the Dell'Oro Group report says.

"North American service providers are reducing their capital spending levels, as well as delaying major infrastructure expansion ahead of new, non-line-of-sight technologies," says Greg Collins, a Dell'Oro Group director, in a statement.

"Ultimately, non-line-of-sight technologies in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum will enable broadband fixed wireless products to challenge DSL and cable modem technologies in connecting business and residential users to the Internet," he adds.

Other findings: Alcatel has the most market share, although that's dropped 43 percent; Floware is second and showed a market growth of 16 percent; and Breezecom was third, albeit with 21 percent less market share than the previous quarter.

The report covers point-to-multipoint base stations and point-to-multipoint client/network termination devices, Dell'Oro reports. It includes market sizes and vendor market shares in several areas of spectrum, such as 2.4 GHz (unlicensed), 2.5 GHz MMDS, 3.5 GHz, 5 GHz (unlicensed), 10.5 GHz, 24 GHz and higher.

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