Ericsson said that its sales declined 15% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis to 48 billion Swedish krona (6.57 billion US dollars) in the second quarter, as the market for voice-related equipment, such as 2G access and circuit switched core, continued to decline. But the Stockholm-based company estimates that "continued industry component shortages and supply chain bottlenecks" had a negative impact on sales in the quarter of between 3 and 4 billion krona.
Ericsson said that mobile broadband networks are being built-out across the world, but HSPA still only covers 25% of the global population. Ericsson's measurements in live networks found that global mobile data traffic almost doubled between the first quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.
Ericsson estimated that global mobile subscriptions increased by 190 million in the second quarter with GSM/GPRS/EDGE accounting for 125 million of these new subscriptions and WCDMA for 40 million.Ericsson estimates there are now 245 million HSPA connections worldwide, compared with 474 million fixed broadband connections at the end of the first quarter. Ericsson said three countries, China, US and Japan, account for almost 50% of global fixed broadband subscriptions. source: Ericsson statement
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