Huawei was the world’s largest telecom equipment __ both wired and wireless __ vendor by a large margin in the first half of 2020, according to Dell’Oro Group.
The research firm combined shares for mobile core and radio access network, broadband access, microwave and optical transport, service provider router and customer edge switch.
The Chinese tech giant had a market share of 31% in the first half of 2020, a rise from the 28% it had in 2019.
Second place Nokia had market share of 14% in the same time period, a drop from 16% of a year prior.
Huawei first overtook Nokia in telecom equipment back in 2015, and the share gap between the two has widened every year since then.
Third place Ericsson, meanwhile, had a market share of 14% in the first half, level to that of last year’s.
Chinese company ZTE was fourth place with a market share of 11%, a rise from 9% it controlled in 2019.
Huawei and ZTE saw their shares jump thanks to 5G rollout of telcos in China. Nokia, meanwhile, has been near excluded from the rollout there.
Cisco and Ciena, which specializes in wired equipment, took fifth place and sixth place, respectively.
The wireless equipment market is larger than that of its wired counterpart. Huawei, Nokia and ZTE offers both while Ericsson focuses on wireless equipment.
Samsung Electronics took seventh place in Dell’Oro’s list with a share of 3%.
The company recently signed a five year contract with Verizon worth 7.9 trillion won and will likely see its share grow.
For 5G equipment alone, Huawei had a 35.7% share, followed by Ericsson’s 24.6%, Nokia’s 15.8%, Samsung’s 13.2% and ZTE’s 9.3%.