US vendor group sees first-ever slide in global revenue

Dan O'Shea, FierceTelecom
25 May 2009
00:00

Perhaps it doesn\'t feel like the telecom industry has been hit too hard during this particular economic recession, but just how bad is it‾

The US Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) - whose primary membership is network equipment vendors - released its annual report and outlook for the global telecommunications industry, and it shows a decline in worldwide revenue for 2009, a first in the more than 20-year history of the TIA report.

The anticipated 3.1% overall drop this year is at least partially due to a 27% fall in the US broadband equipment market.

The negative news is significant, because the global report usually manages to find a silver lining somewhere in the world that makes up for whatever markets might be experiencing difficulty.

If there\'s a silver lining in this report, it\'s the expectation that strong growth lies ahead, with global revenue predicted to grow 1.2% in 2010, 6.4% in 2011 and 7.9% in 2012.

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