Neil is a sought-after frequently-quoted Industry Analyst with a wide spectrum of rich multifunctional experience. He is a knowledgeable, adept, and accomplished strategist. In the last 11 years he has offered expert strategic advice that has been highly regarded across different industries especially in telecom. Prior to Counterpoint, Neil worked at Strategy Analytics as a Senior Analyst (Telecom). Neil also had an opportunity to work with Philips Electronics in multiple roles. He is also an IEEE Certified Wireless Professional with a Master of Science (Telecommunications & Business) from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
Recent Articles

Qualcomm’s “Affordable Premium” Strategy Blossoms with Latest Snapdragon 660/630 Platforms

May 12, 2017| By | Category: artificial-intelligence, components, smartphones

Counterpoint Analysts participated at Qualcomm's latest launch events for its Snapdragon 600 platform's latest solutions 660 and 630 at Snapdragon Tech Day in Singapore as well as at the launch event in Beijing. The launch timing and the features of these platforms are important as these bring flagship-grade experiences at relatively affordable price-points. This is important because $250 to $399 wholesale price bands has been the fastest growing price...read more

Huawei, Oppo & vivo Dominate China Smartphone Market

May 12, 2017| By | Category: smartphones

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, the smartphones shipments in China grew a modest 4% annually during Q1 2017 (Jan-Mar) and declined a massive 20% sequentially. Market Performances: The Chinese holiday season quarter shipments remain soft, as most of the sell-in to the channel has now shifted to the end of December. Demand has reduced during the first quarter as most of the...read more

Huawei, Oppo, Vivo Together Contribute to More Than Half of...

May 04, 2017| By

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, the smartphones shipments in China grew a modest 4% annually during Q1 2017 (Jan-Mar) and declined a massive 20% sequentially. Commenting on the results, Research Director, James Yan, highlighted, “We are seeing the Chinese holiday season quarter shipments remain soft, as most of the sell-in to the channel has now shifted to the end of December....read more

China Mobile : 500 Million LTE Subs :: A Unique...

Apr 21, 2017| By | Category: operators, smartphones

Since the first rollout of LTE networks at the end of last decade, the global LTE subscriptions or connections over the last seven years has swelled to almost 1.8 Billion level but still contributing to just one-fourth of the world's total population. Markets such as North America, Japan, Korea and China are already seeing LTE connections penetration from 60%-90% level. However, countries across Europe, Latin...read more

Why Integrating Bixby is a Good Challenge to have for...

Mar 30, 2017| By | Category: artificial-intelligence, automotive, components, iot, smartphones, tablet-pcs, wearables

In smart devices space, the battle has moved from hardware to software to services and now to intelligence. The basic definition of smartphone is that it needs to be inherently smart. The first level of smartness industry achieved with addition of touch interface, then a new form of natural interaction and an entire ecosystem of apps and services developed based on it, making us do...read more

Surprise! Feature Phones to Drive the Next Wave of LTE...

Mar 21, 2017| By | Category: operators

More than half a billion LTE capable phones in a feature phone form-factor will be shipped globally over the course of five years. Local kings (mobile phone brands) in many feature phone centric markets as well as Operators will look forward to drive this trend aggressively starting this year. 4G Feature phones shipments will grow more than 5300% this year. More than 400 million feature phones...read more

Smartphone Trends: More Memory, More Market Share

Mar 03, 2017| By | Category: components, smartphones

Smartphones have (and are) becoming advanced computers as the software, hardware, services and user needs mature to a point it almost are replacing the need for PCs. Applications such as AR/VR will be more demanding on DRAM in phones this year. Higher Resolution Displays, LTE all are driving need for higher DRAM capacities in smartphones. Furthermore, OEMs have been pushing for advanced hardware configurations to...read more

Nokia Brand Relives

Dec 01, 2016| By | Category: smartphones

When I bought my first phone in 2004, the versatile Nokia 6600, it offered the glimpse of the future of handheld computing by the then leader in mobile phones. The Nokia brand was so deeply etched into the consumers' minds that it was as popular an "alternative term" for a mobile phones as "Xerox" has been for photocopiers. However, the touch UI, internet-first, apps based platform...read more

Storage Solution Trends in the Consumer Notebook Market

Oct 05, 2016| By | Category: components

Since 2010, the PC industry has seen the rise of thinner and lighter PC form factors. Progress comes thanks to semiconductors based on advanced process nodes, which not only drive higher speeds but also pack more processing power into a smaller footprint every year. This progress is further fuelled by increasing consumer demand for thinner, lighter, and faster hardware experiences (overflowing from smartphone and tablet...read more

Snaptacles ????

Sep 27, 2016| By | Category: digital-services, wearables

We have consistently talked about evolving business models such as "Hardware as a Distribution" model (see here) in tech space changing the competitive dynamics. We have also highlighted how the social messaging platforms are transforming into ecosystems (see here). This evolution and transformation of tech companies especially like Facebook, Snapchat, Google, Tencent and others are driven by building sticky ecosystems to get a lion share...read more