IHS Markit has named Huawei and Nokia as leaders in its IMS scorecard for the third time.
IHS's “IMS Equipment Vendor Scorecard – 2018” evaluates the top IMS equipment vendors – Ericsson, Huawei, Mavenir, Nokia and ZTE. The report analyzes the relative strengths of the market leaders, classifying vendors as “leader,” “established” or “challenger” depending on their overall score.
The two vendors rise above the rest due to financials and, specifically, Huawei’s customer perception scores and Nokia’s market share gains and percentage of network functions virtualization (NFV) sales, said IHS Markit. Leaders perform strongly across all evaluation criteria and vectors in the scorecard. They have established a significant presence in the market and have positive momentum, which means they are likely to cement and expand their leadership positions in the future.
Ericsson is classified as an established player because of solid market share, positive product reliability perceptions and deep operator relationships. Mavenir and ZTE are designated challengers thanks to a strong performance in the market momentum vector. Established players perform strongly in the market presence vector. Although established players have lower market momentum than leaders, their significant presence indicates strong adoption of their solutions.
Challengers perform strongly in the market momentum vector. Although challengers have lower market presence than leaders, their positive momentum indicates they are in a good position to grow their market presence in the future.
Mavenir is the smallest of the vendors in the IMS scorecard in terms of IMS equipment revenue and has been through a whirlwind of ownership over the past three years. Throughout it all, the company managed to maintain its focus on IMS and, specifically, VoLTE and VoWiFi. Mavenir received the highest score for perceived leadership in technology innovation and had strong market share growth in 2017.
ZTE is an established vendor in its home country of China and has done well penetrating Eastern Europe, Africa, and South America, which has contributed to its strong market share momentum. The company remains hindered by low customer perception of product reliability, service and support, and technology innovation. ZTE has won business for VoLTE, particularly in China, which should benefit the company through market momentum as the company rights itself now that the US trade sanctions have been lifted.