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Open Base Station Bonanza
Off the back of strong demand, the mobile infrastructure market is showing healthy growth, with vendors delivering respectable profit margins, despite falling prices and greater competition. Key to this recent success is the adoption of modular platform strategies, increased outsourcing, and more efficient R&D. But the market won't stand still and support today's cost structures for long.

With radio access accounting for somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of the capital cost of a mobile network, this report looks at the next steps for open base station architectures and how future design choices can reduce both capital and operational costs for network operators.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni0505_toc.pdf)
3G systems are rapidly winning market share in the worldwide mobile infrastructure business. Today, however, the market continues to be dominated by GSM technology, especially in fast-growing and cost-sensitive emerging markets, as shown in this chart:
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The bill of materials for a 3G base station is crucial for vendor operating margins, especially given the future-pricing often involved in winning high-volume business. The report contains a breakdown of 3G base station costs by module, as shown in the diagram below (some figures removed):
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Vendors covered in this report: Agere Systems Inc. (NYSE: AGR.A); Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA); Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR); Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI); Andrew Corp. (Nasdaq: ANDW); Celerica Inc.; Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY); Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE: FSL); Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC); Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: LSCC); Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU); MathStar Inc.; Morpho Technologies; Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK); Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT); PicoChip Designs Ltd.; Powerwave Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: PWAV); Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN); Wintegra Inc.; Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX); and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)
Total pages: 20
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