[frost & sullivan] At present, GSM owns over 3.38 billion GSM, WCDMA-HSPA subscribers worldwide and 83.5 percent of global mobile market share. According to the Industry Life Cycle, GSM continues to gain ground till 2014 due to the increase of the emerging markets, relatively low price of GSM endpoints, and GSM technology revolution.
During the past five years, ZTE and Huawei gradually became the mainstreaming equipment providers in GSM market as a result of localized operation, customized invention and strong cost competitiveness. Huawei is likely to seek more market opportunities and demonstrate its competitive strength. ZTE is supposed to continue to find more opportunities and exceed NSN to become one of the top three GSM equipment providers by the end of 2009.
Global GSM Market Analysis