The Indian telecom equipment industry posted marginally lower revenues of Rs 1,13,188 crore in 2011-12 compared to Rs 1,14,133 crore in the previous financial year, according to an annual survey.
Nearly half of the telecom equipment revenue came from carrier equipment manufacturers, which saw a dip of 5.06% to touch Rs 55,333 crore during the year. In the previous year, the segment had registered Rs 58,285 crore revenue.
The 2012 annual survey of the Indian Telecom industry by Voice&Data journal covered over 500 telecom companies spanning carrier equipment, enterprise communication equipment, and user device manufacturers.
Enterprise equipment grew at 8.89% to report revenues of Rs 23,183 crore in the year, up from Rs 21,291 crore in 2010-11.
The user device segment that includes mobile handsets, fixed phones, data cards and tablet computers, contributed more than one-third to the total telecom equipment industry, at Rs 34,672 crore, recording a flat growth of 0.33% from Rs 34,557 crore a year ago.
Mobile handset maker Nokia had the highest revenue during the year followed by Korean electronics major Samsung.
They were followed by telecom equipment manufacturers Cisco, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent, the statement said.
The Top10 club also saw inclusion of software companies like TCS, Wipro and Tech Mahindra, according to press statement from the journal.
The sharp decline in the carrier equipment revenues was attributed to policy uncertainty which restrained many telecom operators from releasing large scale network expansion orders.
The Top 10 club also saw Samsung registering highest growth of 57.34% to capture the second position with revenues of Rs 9,000 crore, riding high on its smartphone and tablet portfolio, the survey said.
Within the carrier equipment business, segments like transmission, telecom turnkey and wireless infrastructure were the biggest losers. Transmission segment dropped 21.88% to report revenues of Rs 3,825 crore (from Rs 4,896 crore last year).
The telecom turnkey segment revenue dropped 65.27% to Rs 1,862 crore (from Rs 5,362 crore). The wireless infrastructure segment dipped 40.51% to record revenues of Rs 10,930 crore from Rs 18,374 crore a year ago.
The enterprise equipment business grew by 8.89% to reach Rs 23,183 crore in 2011-12 from Rs 21,291 crore in 2010-11, the survey said.
Enterprise cost saving equipment segments like audio- video conferencing and voice solutions showed significant growth of 16% and 15%, respectively.
Modem and router industry saw a negative growth as enterprises demanded futuristic and multi-tasking devices like single device working as modem, router and switch.