The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to
provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets.
Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of “innovation” and
“implementation” across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.
“NSN is the market leader because of its contracts,” comments research
analyst Xavier Ortiz, “and due to its high interest in early market
research and development. It has positioned itself well without even
considering the business that its acquisition of Motorola’s wireless
infrastructure division will bring. Huawei, while having a slightly
higher score in innovation due to its 4G experience prior to LTE, was
behind NSN in the implementation categories. Alcatel Lucent had a
well-rounded score, following close behind the top two in both
innovation and implementation.”
For this particular matrix, under "innovation," ABI Research examined
the vendors’ records in early product development; their LTE R&D
investment and commitment; their control of essential LTE intellectual
property; and their development of “small cells.” Also included the
calculation were vendors’ support for TD-LTE, their WiMAX experience,
their support for multiple standards, and the availability of
Under "implementation," ABI Research scrutinized the following criteria:
market share (RF contracts), major customer wins, the number of trials
acquired, the vendor’s partnerships within the ecosystem, and their
To view a chart showing the rankings of the “top nine” firms in this
Vendor Matrix, please visit “LTE Base Station Vendor Matrix.”
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This Vendor Matrix forms part of ABI Research’s two ABI Research
Services, Mobile Networks and 4G. For a list of all ABI Research Vendor
Matrices, please visit Vendor Matrices.
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