Telecommunications equipment

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.[1][2]


Telecommunications equipment can be broadly broken down into the following categories:[3]


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

  1. China Huawei Technologies
  2. Sweden Ericsson
  3. United States Cisco Systems
  4. Finland Nokia Networks ( France Alcatel-Lucent )
  5. China ZTE Corporation

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

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

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

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

Used telecommunications equipment

As telecommunications equipment technology rapidly evolves, operators are being forced to look at used and refurbished telecommunications 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.[4]

See also


  1. "Telecoms equipment - We have the technology". The Economist. 1 October 1998. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  2. "Twisted pair - Nokia and Siemens pool their network divisions to form a new firm". The Economist. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  3. Ypsilanti, Dimitri; Plantin, Amy (1991). Telecommunications Equipment: Changing Markets and Trade Structures. OECD Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 9789264135536.
  4. "Why Buy Refurbished Telecom Equipment?". DTC International Ltd. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
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