ABI Research has ranked infrastructure vendors according to their perceived levels of innovation and implementation in small cells and carrier Wi-Fi. Alcatel-Lucent ranked highest, with an almost perfect score in both innovation and implementation. Huawei was not far behind.
The research firm wrote that Alcatel-Lucent has the largest number of publicized small cells contracts with tier-1 wireless operators. Huawei, on the other hand, has the “highest global reach in terms of small cells with a significant presence in all regions.”
On the innovation scale, Huawei was outranked by NSN, NEC and Cisco, but all had fewer implementations than Huawei. Of these three, Cisco came closest to Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent in terms of implementations.
–Ernest Worthman, Executive Editor, Small Cells magazine