May 20, 2011 / 4:48 AM / 8 years ago

Ericsson, Alcatel gain mobile telecom gear share

* Q1 mobile telecom gear market grows 21 pct year/year

* Ericsson share 40 pct vs 35 pct year ago

* Nokia Siemens share falls to 18 pct, Huawei to 16 pct

* Alcatel-Lucent share 15.5 pct vs 14 pct year-ago

HELSINKI, May 20 (Reuters) - Sweden’s Ericsson increased its lead on the booming mobile telecommunications network market in the first quarter, selling more equipment than its two closest rivals combined, researcher Dell’Oro said on Friday.

In addition to Ericsson (ERICb.ST), No. 4 Alcatel-Lucent SA’s ALUA.PA market share rose in the quarter, as both companies benefited from their strong positions in the fast-growing North American market.

Investments in the new LTE mobile networks in North America helped lift the overall mobile network equipment market 21 percent above the year-ago level, to $9.7 billion, Dell’Oro said.

Ericsson’s market share rose to 40 percent from 35 percent a year ago, while Nokia Siemens Networks [NOKI.UL] and Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] saw their market shares drop to 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The two closest rivals of Ericsson both controlled 20 percent of the market a year ago, but suffered in early 2011 from their weaker position in North America.

To improve its position there, Nokia Siemens bought Motorola’s network gear business in April.

Alcatel-Lucent saw its market share rise to 15.5 percent in the quarter from 14 percent a year earlier.

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki; editing by Andre Grenon)

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