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Aug 25 2009   12:08PM GMT

Huawei’s T-Mobile LTE win shows revenue concerns

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Huawei, which recently appeared to reaffirm its guidance on sales growth for the year, has won an important T-Mobile trial in Austria. The deal gives Huawei the largest LTE field trial in Europe to date and reaffirms that the Chinese equipment giant is making real strides in the important mobile market.

We think Huawei’s rise in mobile is also an indicator that operators are concerned mobile margins won’t last, perhaps due to the inevitable commoditization of services created by mobile web, smartphones and netbooks. The pricing pressure in mobile is ominous for equipment vendors overall, we think, because it shows that there is little chance that any basic infrastructure will hold margins anywhere over time. That means it’s service layer or nothing

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