Samsung takes top spot in femtocell market

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Samsung has overtaken Airvana's top position in global wireless femtocell market, posting an aggressive 45 percent revenue increase in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, according to the latest stats from Infonetics Research.

Airvana recorded a double digit quarter-over-quarter decline in revenue in the third quarter, dropping it to second place.

Femtocells are low power wireless access base stations used in the enterprise, homes and in public spaces. A femtocell enables a service provider to extend wireless broadband coverage indoors or to other areas where wireless access might not otherwise be available.

Overall, the 2G, 3G and 4G femtocell markets grew 13.5 percent quarter-over-quarter in the third quarter, reaching $132.7 million. This growth was spurred by sales of 3G femtocells, which soared 50 percent quarter-over-quarter.

"After a minor dip earlier in the year, healthy revenue growth has returned to the femtocell market, where we saw a second consecutive quarter of increases. All segments--consumer, enterprise and public access--saw both units and revenue go up, and we remain optimistic that femtocells have sufficient market drivers and support among operators to sustain continuous annual growth through 2016," said Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave, mobile offload and mobile broadband devices at Infonetics Research.

Integrated femtocells, which include both a DSL router and femtocell, made up only 2 percent of units shipped in the third quarter, but Infonetics expects they will account for around one-third of total units shipped by 2016.

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