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2009 Network Communication Equipment Industry Report

Network advice has an almost continued industry chain, with a big allocation of its audience actuality operators, authoritative organs, and ample companies. These units still accept acceptable basic during the bread-and-butter downturn. In particular, the Chinese government is accretion its expenditure.

The bread-and-butter recession causes bodies to abate alfresco activities and access calm recreational activities. As arrangement advice is the base of domiciliary amusement activities, the arrangement advice industry has abundant anti-drop strength. Companies all agitated amount abridgment in adjustment to affected the difficulties incurred by the bread-and-butter crisis.

Big companies accept ample abeyant of amount reduction. Their operating accumulation allowance in 2009 mostly is 0.2-1% college than that in 2008, which is absolutely a lot back the operating accumulation allowance of those big companies is in accepted lower than 10%.

European and American companies focus on COE, so they enjoy a large market scale but smaller profits; while Taiwan companies focus on CPE, with small market scale but higher profits. In 2009, Taiwan takes a global market share of over 90% in Cable Modem, 90% in WLAN NIC, 79% in DSL CPE, 77% in VoIP router, 75% in IP Phone, 50% more in IP STB, over 50% in WiMAX CPE, and over 85% in WLAN router.

At present, the booming sectors of network communication are WiMAX, Femtocell, FTTx, 802.11n, VDSL, and IP STB, whose upstream chip industry is facing fierce competition. It costs USD$ 5-15 million to design one model of ASIC chip, which is highly risky if failed, but quite profitable if success is made. So each chip company is backed up by 5-15 venture capital companies.

In WiMAX, the monopoly of Intel has been broken up as Beceem, GCT, Sequans, and Fujitsu all have entered this sector. Beceem has developed rapidly, showing the sign of becoming a leader. Intel still leads the NPU sectors, with 36% market shares, while LSI, Wintegra, Ezchip, and AMCC accumulatively take 44%. The Femtocell market is still immature, where PicoChip, Qualcomm, and Porcello are competing fiercely and PicoChip is trying its best to become the leader.

The competition in the PON sector is fiercest. Cortina, Teknovus, and PMC-Sierra evenly occupy the EPON sector. Cortina entered this sector in Mar 2007 through acquiring Immenstar, PMC-SIERRA entered the PON sector by acquiring Israel-based Passive (at the price of $300 million) in May 2006, and Teknovus emphasizes technology leadership, launching 10G EPON. Seen from the current situation, PMC-SIERRA has the strongest development capability.

In the GPON sector, 10 dent companies abutment GPON, including Broadcom, BroadLight, Centillium, Conexant, PMC-Sierra, Freescale, Cortina, etc, of which, PMC-Sierra and Cortina abutment both GPON and EPON. Teknovus and Opulan alone abutment EPON. Centillium was acquired by Transwitch, Conexant (including PON broadband admission business) was acquired by Ikanos in Apr 2009 (at the amount of $54 million). Broadcom has aloof entered this sector, while BroadLight has the arch capability.

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In xDSL sector, Infineon, Broadcom, and Ikano are leaders; Broadcom dominates the ADSL sector; Ikanos takes a market share of 80% more in VDSL sector; Broadcom, Intel, Atheros, Ralink Technology and Marvell have occupied the WLAN sector, Ralink Technology, a Taiwan-based company, surpassed Marvell to rank 5th in 2009.

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