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Telecommunications equipment - statistics & facts

Telecommunication equipment is any hardware used for telecommunication purposes. It includes a wide range of communication technologies – from transmission lines and communication satellites to radios and answering machines. Examples of telecommunications equipment include switches, telecom towers, fiber-optic cables, routers, voice over internet protocol (VoIP), and smartphones.

Due to the increasing popularity of the Internet and the growing demand for data transfer infrastructure, the telecommunication equipment sector and the IT equipment sector have started to overlap more and more in the last few years. In 2020, IT spending worldwide was forecast to reach 3.46 trillion U.S. dollars, a decline of eight percent due to the negative economic impact brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020. In relation to telecommunications services, spending here is expected to reach 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020.

Huawei, Cisco Systems, Fujitsu, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Ericsson and Qualcomm are the leading telecom equipment companies worldwide. Cisco Systems is the leading Ethernet switch vendor, with more than 50 percent of the market share. Ethernet switches are an important and profitable part of the industry, as they are an integral part of IT infrastructure. They are used to receive, process and transmit data between two devices connected by a physical layer. Together, the top vendors of Ethernet switches generated more than 28 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2019. Cisco is also the main vendor of enterprise WLAN, accounting for close to 45 percent of the global market share. HPE/Aruba, Ubiquiti and Huawei are also important vendors of enterprise WLAN worldwide.

While telecommunications equipment is often associated with infrastructure and operator, it also extends to the consumer side of the market in the form of smartphones and other private equipment such as modems. Smartphone shipments worldwide are projected to add up to around 1.48 billion units in 2023. Samsung is the global mobile market leader since 2012, with Apple and Huawei as the closest competitors in the market. Within the device itself, a mobile application processor, also known as a system on a chip (SoC), is hardware designed to support the applications running in a mobile operating system environment. In smartphones, Qualcomm is a leader, accounting for around 40 percent of the global smartphone AP market.

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