Telecommunications equipment

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Smartphones are one of the most popular telecoms equipment.

Telecommunications equipment (also telecoms equipment or communications equipment) is a type of hardware which is 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]


Most of the essential elements of modern telecommunication are built from MOSFETs (metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors), including mobile devices, transceivers, base station modules, routers, RF power amplifiers,[4] microprocessors, memory chips, and telecommunication circuits.[5] As of 2005, telecommunications equipment account for 16.5% of the annual microprocessor market.[6]


The world's largest telecommunications equipment vendors by revenues in 2017 are:[7]

Largest vendors by 2017 revenue (billion US dollars)
China Huawei $92.55
United States Cisco Systems $48.00
United States Ciena $38.57
Finland Nokia $27.73
Israel ECI Telecom $24.16
Japan NEC Corporation $23.95
United States Qualcomm $22.297
China ZTE $16.71
United States Corning $10.12
United States Motorola Solutions $6.38
United States Juniper Networks $5.03
Largest by country (2017)
United States United States $94.62
Japan Japan $62.52
Finland Finland $27.73
Sweden Sweden $24.16

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  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.
  4. ^ Asif, Saad (2018). 5G Mobile Communications: Concepts and Technologies. CRC Press. pp. 128–134. ISBN 9780429881343.
  5. ^ Colinge, Jean-Pierre; Greer, James C. (2016). Nanowire Transistors: Physics of Devices and Materials in One Dimension. Cambridge University Press. p. 2. ISBN 9781107052406.
  6. ^ Asthana, Rajiv; Kumar, Ashok; Dahotre, Narendra B. (2006). Materials Processing and Manufacturing Science. Elsevier. p. 488. ISBN 9780080464886.
  7. ^ "Telecommunication equipment companies ranked by overall revenue in 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars)". Retrieved August 8, 2019.