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Carrier Equipment: Transmission : Happy Times

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VoicenData Bureau
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It was a year of good business for transmission vendors. Like the previous

year, private operators were the major business providers as compared to

incumbents. In terms of revenue, transmission equipment market in FY '06-07 is

estimated to be Rs 1,266 crore, an increase of around 65.5% from last year's

figure of approximately Rs 765 crore.

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The Transmission Circuit



India has a large and expanding domestic telecom market, specifically
fueled by exponential cellular growth. Operators are planning major rollouts

across India. Significant growth is expected as part of the cellular and WiMax

backhaul. In the Maharashtra and Goa circle, Idea has extended its reach to 700

towns and started operations in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh

(E) circles. Aircel has also expanded its network to Bihar and Himachal pradesh.

Large telecom operators and service providers have announced huge capex

spending. For example, Bharti Airtel has announced a Capex of $3.3 bn for FY

'07-08. Network expansion and increase in traffic because of reduction in

roaming services by up to 56% and reduction in STD and ISD tariff by private and

incumbents players was the success mantra for transmission vendors.

In SDH, ECI Telecom was far ahead vis-a-vis competitors as 80% of its total

revenue resulted from SDH, whereas in DWDM it was Alcatel.

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ECI Telecom once again hit the bull's eyes and retained its number one slot.

ECI Telecom did pretty well in the SDH space because of the contracts it bagged

from Bharti, Hutchison, Tata, VSNL and Aircel.

Phenomenal Growth



With a terrific growth of 83%, Tejas jumped to the second spot from
the previous year's fifth. All products from Tejas are in the SDH space. Hence,

the entire revenue of Rs 234 crore was from SDH. Alcatel slipped from second

place to third. It had bagged contracts from BSNL, MTNL, and Bharti. ZTE also

made its entry into the league of top players. In FY '06-07, it had revenue of

Rs 57 crore. They had adopted a joint strategy where price and positioning play

the central role. ZTE received an upgrade contract for DWDM from BSNL, and they

have generated revenue mainly through incumbent players, and partly through

private players. In the DWDM category, ZTE has deployed high capacity 400G

systems, and ROADM system, and in the SDH category, they have developed RPR

technology in FY 2006-07. Nortel was off the color, as it showed a negative

growth of -28%. Huawei bagged contracts from Reliance, and Bharti, as a result

of which it achieved a tremendous growth of 388.9%. In the incumbent space,

companies like UTStarcom, Siemens and Orion did quite well with whatever

expansion deals that were announced by incumbent operators. Tejas launched its

first Ethernet Switching card thereby heralding an era of "Packetized Optical

Transport". This was targeted to enable telecom service providers to provide MEF

Services. Tejas also developed and deployed standards compliant Ethernet-over-SDH/SONET.

ECI on its part introduced metro DWDM, multi-ADM-64, micro-MSPP and Ethernet

over SDH.

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The Top Players (FY '06-07)

Rank

Companies

Revenues (in Rs crore)

Growth



(in %age)

FY '05-06

FY '06-07

1

ECI Telecom

202

466

130.7

2

Tejas

128

234

82.8

3

Alcatel-Lucent

103

110

6.8

4

Siemens

55

95

72.7

5

Nortel

85

61

-28.2

6

ZTE

28

57

103.6

7

Huawei

9

44

388.9

Others

155

199

28.4

Total

765

1,266

65.5

The outlook for the transmission equipment industry looks good, as it is one

of the key ingredients for fueling 3G and broadband. Also service providers are

improving their reach in remote areas of the country and cellular penetration

will increase resulting, in growth of transmission segment.

Sandeep Budki



sandeepb@cybermedia.co.in

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