Huawei stays the chief within the rating of base station antennas

Huawei maintained its title as the leader in the passive base station antenna market in 2020.
China-based company Huawei increased its market share in the passive base station antenna market to 35.1 percent in 2020.

According to ABI Research’s mobile base station market competition ranking report, the four leading companies remain unchanged for 2020, with Huawei at the top, followed by CommScope, Kathrein Mobile Communication and Rosenberger.

Amphenol Antenna Solutions moved up one rank to 5th place in the base station antenna market in 2020. The top 5 suppliers accounted for more than 70 percent of the total passive base station antenna market in terms of sales.

Huawei has a diverse product portfolio and is expanding a number of RF spectrum and antenna design innovations.

The takeover of Kathrein by Ericsson will bring some advantages for the antenna company. Rosenberger has increased its market share significantly as the company expanded its antenna range and expanded its regional market exposure.

The passive base station antenna market was disrupted in 2020 with the increased emphasis on active antennas for the 5G cellular network as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delays in investments in rollouts and upgrades of cellular networks also had a negative impact on the market, both in developed and in developing regions.

According to ABI Research, the providers are classified and evaluated according to several criteria such as market share, passive antenna portfolio, multiband antenna capability and remarkable innovations that address challenges in antenna use, among other things.

The top 12 of the rated and rated companies are:

Market leaders: Huawei and CommScope

Mainstream: Kathrein Mobile Communication, Rosenberger and Amphenol antenna solutions

Followers: Radio Frequency Systems, Comba Telecom, ACE Technologies, MOBI Antenna, Dengyo, Tongyu Communication and Hengxin Technology

“The market leaders have both done well, but they are experiencing increased pressure from the other antenna vendors where competition is building in certain regions and in certain product segments,” said Dean Tan, research analyst at ABI Research.

ABI Research considered nine criteria for evaluating different providers. These include antenna market share, geographic penetration of antenna sales, financial and organizational health, winning antenna customer contracts, antenna portfolio, multiband capabilities, ultra-wideband capabilities, intellectual property and research and development, antenna configurability and maintenance.

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