Telecommunications equipment (also telecoms equipment or communications equipment) is hardware used for the purposes of telecommunications. Since the 1990s the boundary between telecoms equipment and IT hardware has become blurred as a result of the growth of the internet and its increasing role in the transfer of telecoms data.[1][2]


Telecommunications equipment can be broadly broken down into the following categories:[3]


The world's five largest telecommunications equipment (excluding mobile phone handsets) vendors, 2016 revenues are:[citation needed]

  1. China Huawei Technologies
  2. Sweden Ericsson
  3. United States Cisco Systems
  4. Finland Nokia Networks (including France Alcatel-Lucent)
  5. China ZTE Corporation

The world's five largest router and switch vendor leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, June 2015:[citation needed]

  1. United States Cisco Systems
  2. China Huawei Technologies
  3. Finland Nokia Networks (including France Alcatel-Lucent)
  4. United States Juniper Networks
  5. China ZTE Corporation

The world's largest mobile phone handset vendors: 3rd quarter of 2016 Major Smartphone Sales Leaders :[citation needed]

  1. South Korea Samsung (72.5 million)
  2. United States Apple (45.5 million)
  3. China Huawei Technologies (33.6 million)
  4. China OPPO (25.3 million)
  5. China Vivo (21.2 million)
  6. China Xiaomi (14.9 million)
  7. South Korea LG Electronics (13.5 million)
  8. China ZTE Corporation (11.7 million)
  9. China Lenovo (10.9 million)
  10. China TCL (8.9 million)
  11. China Meizu (5.5 million)
  12. India Micromax Mobile (< 5.0 million)
  13. Japan Sony (< 5.0 million)

See also


  1. ^ "Telecoms equipment - We have the technology". The Economist. 1 October 1998. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Twisted pair - Nokia and Siemens pool their network divisions to form a new firm". The Economist. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Ypsilanti, Dimitri; Plantin, Amy (1991). Telecommunications Equipment: Changing Markets and Trade Structures. OECD Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 9789264135536.