Research house Infonetics has unveiled a new scorecard that ranks Huawei as the leading telecoms vendor.

The China-based vendor was viewed to stand out as a leader, steadily gaining market share in major telecom infrastructure segments and “staking out” a strong position in software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) technology.

Infonetics’ Leadership Landscape Graph classifies vendors as "leader," "established" or "challenger" based on their scores in two main categories: market presence and market momentum.

These categories include criteria such as direct feedback from buyers, market share, financials, brand recognition, reputation for innovation and product portfolios.

Six vendors were covered in the study.

Cisco was also classified as a leader due to its long-time position in carrier networks as the top router and switch vendor, and is viewed by service providers as “a rock-solid innovator”, according to Infonetics.

Ericsson was classed as established thanks to “strong market presence” in RAN, services revenues and “solid” financials.

[Read more: Ericsson reveals 2,200 jobs to go in cost-saving plan]

Nokia Networks is also categorised as established, but a refocus on mobile broadband and its services organisation placed it “at the lower side” of market momentum and market presence.

[Read more: Nokia Networks wins China Telecom contract as CEO says it is “a powerful R&D machine”]

Alcatel-Lucent is a challenger, Infonetics said, and put in “a strong showing” in market share momentum and customer loyalty, but suffered from balance sheet issues.

[Read more: Alcatel-Lucent on target for Shift Plan as Q4 profits rise]

ZTE is also a challenger, and has continued to grow its share in routers, carrier Ethernet switches, mobile handsets and broadband CPE.

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