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ST-Ericsson’s baseband business had a difficult year in 2009

by Sravan Kundojjala | Jun 24, 2010

We have just finished up our Q4 2009 update to our baseband market share model. This gives us full year 2009 market share as well. It's the combined work of myself, Chris Taylor and Stuart Robinson with support from our wireless service colleagues. Cellular baseband market revenues reached $11.04 billion in 2009, down about 0.7% from 2008. In 2009, the cellular baseband market faced ASP challenges due to the global economic recession and increased competition in the market.


Here are some highlights based on the data from Strategy Analytics Baseband Quarterly Metrics service module:

* Qualcomm led the the market with close to 40% share of total global baseband revenues in 2009. Qualcomm improved its revenue share in both the CDMA and W-CDMA markets.

* Despite being absent in the important W-CDMA market, MediaTek managed second position in terms of baseband revenue share in 2009. Strategy Analytics estimates that the W-CDMA market represented close to one third of total cellular baseband revenues in 2009. MediaTek is expected to take a minor W-CDMA share in 2010 with its new W-CDMA baseband processor, MT6268.

* ST-Ericsson had a difficult year in 2009 as the company continued to restructure its product lines and also lost share at its important tier-1 handset OEM customers. TD-SCDMA was the only bright spot for ST-Ericsson.

* Both Infineon and Broadcom benefitted from multi-sourcing strategies at tier-1 handset OEMs which significantly improved their baseband revenues in 2009. Both companies are expected to make further gains in 2010 by expanding at their respective customers.

* Marvell had just 1.4% share of baseband revenues in 2009 but is expected to play an important role in the Chinese TD-SCDMA baseband market with its highly integrated TD-SCDMA baseband processor, Pantheon 920.

Strategy Analytics provisionally estimates that total global cellular baseband revenues reached $2.8 billion in Q1 2010. Looking forward to the end of 2010, new radio technologies (LTE, TD-SCDMA), multi-sourcing strategies and mobile broadband will provide growth opportunities for baseband processor vendors.

- Sravan Kundojjala

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