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Telecommunications equipment

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Telecommunications equipment (also telecoms equipment or communications equipment) is hardware used for the purposes of telecommunications. Since the 1990s the boundary between telecoms equipment and IT hardware has become blurred as a result of the growth of the internet and its increasing role in the transfer of telecoms data.



Telecommunications equipment can be broadly broken down into the following categories:

  • Public switching equipment
  • Analogue switches
  • Digital switches
  • Transmission equipment
  • Transmission lines
  • Optical fiber
  • Base transceiver stations
  • Multiplexers
  • Local loops
  • Communications satellites
  • Customer premises equipment
  • Private switches
  • Local area networks
  • Modems
  • Mobile phones
  • Landline telephones
  • Answering machines
  • Teleprinters
  • Fax machines
  • Pagers
  • Routers
  • Vendors

    The world's five largest telecommunications equipment (excluding mobile phone handsets) vendors, 2016 revenues are:

    1. Huawei Technologies
    2. Ericsson
    3. Cisco Systems
    4. Nokia Networks ( Alcatel-Lucent )
    5. ZTE Corporation

    The world's five largest router and switch vendor leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, June 2015:

    1. Cisco Systems
    2. Huawei Technologies
    3. Nokia Networks ( Alcatel-Lucent )
    4. Juniper Networks
    5. ZTE Corporation

    The world's largest mobile phone handset vendors: 3rd quarter of 2016 Major Smartphone Sales Leaders :

    1. Samsung (72.5 million)
    2. Apple (45.5 million)
    3. Huawei Technologies (33.6 million)
    4. OPPO (25.3 million)
    5. VIVO (21.2 million)
    6. Xiaomi (14.9 million)
    7. LG Electronics (13.5 million)
    8. ZTE Corporation (11.7 million)
    9. Lenovo (10.9 million)
    10. TCL (8.9 million)
    11. Meizu (5.5 million)
    12. Micromax Mobile (< 5.0 million)
    13. Sony (< 5.0 million)

    Used telecommunications equipment

    As telecommunications equipment technology rapidly evolves, operators are being forced to look at used and refurbished equipment for alternative, cheaper options to maintain their networks. The used telecommunications market has expanded rapidly in the last decade with used and refurbished equipment offering cheaper equipment supply, offering legacy and end of life equipment being refurbished to support platforms already being used by global telecom operators. As equipment is discontinued, operators and end users often look for sparing as parts become harder to source.


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