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

HERE’s Sensor-Driven Open Location Platform: A Eureka Moment For Auto...

Sep 26, 2016| By | Category: automotive, location-services

As we have highlighted before (here) that the "self-driving "automobile revolution is coming sooner than we think but also questioned (here) if the self-driving cars are going to be safer. The recent incidents such as Tesla crashes on auto-pilot mode, Google Car crashes doesn't paint a confiding picture. This brings the industry to a critical question on how can this problem be solved. The answer obviously lies in...read more

iPhones & The Crown

Sep 06, 2016| By | Category: smartphones

At Counterpoint, we track the devices and technologies which are increasingly central to our lives - case in point - smartphones which also happen to be a $300 Billion+ per year industry from hardware revenues perspective alone. The apps, services, networks, advertising and other opportunities the smartphone drives on top of the hardware makes the broader sector worth more than a trillion dollars per year. Companies...read more

Changing Trends in Camera & Display Resolutions in Smartphones

Aug 30, 2016| By | Category: smartphones

Tracking key component trends has become very important for every stakeholder in the smartphone value chain right from OEM product management folks to component suppliers to app developers looking to optimize their apps. Our research team has been tracking these granular component level trends across global smartphone sales across brands, price points, regions, countries and so forth every month. As per the latest "features and specs" research from our monthly...read more

Intel Foundry Embraces ARM To Take On TSMC & Samsung

Aug 17, 2016| By

Intel made an important strategic move clearing its blurry vision to succeed in mobile space by inevitably supporting and partnering with its biggest competitor and mobile market leader ARM. Intel has been the technology leader for high-power computing solutions though lost to ARM on the low-power computing market over the last decade as the mobile computing segment outgrew the personal computing segment by almost five times in terms...read more

OnePlus 3 = Four Features That Makes It a Flagship...

Aug 01, 2016| By | Category: smartphones

In this ever commoditizing and crowding smartphone market on an average 145 new brands entered each year over the last 2 years. However, on an average only 3  of those grow in terms on mindshare and marketshare, many of them struggle and even exit within 24 to 30 months. OnePlus is one of those 3% which has "made it stick" since its inception and market...read more

HERE WeGo Adds New Dimension To HERE’s Maps Platform To...

Jul 27, 2016| By | Category: location-services

Urbanization is one of the world's most significant mega-trends. It sits alongside the trend of increased personal mobility and the related tectonic shift in the automobile ecosystem. According to the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory data, the urban population stood at 54% of the global population. It is estimated to be 66% of world population by 2050. Given global population growth during that time, this...read more

Softbank’s To Buy ARM For $32 Billion

Jul 18, 2016| By | Category: components, iot, operators

The global leader in smartphone chip design, UK-based ARM confirmed on Monday it agreed to a $32 billion acquisition offer from Japan's tech giant SoftBank Group Corp, an almost 43% premium over the share price. This comes at a perfect time when the sterling pound has got weaker due to the BREXIT (Britain exiting EU) and sweetened the deal for Softbank's Masayoshi Son (Masa) towards his...read more

China Approaching 600 Million LTE Subs

Jul 06, 2016| By | Category: iot, operators, smartphones

We have discussed before (here) on how 4G LTE has been leapfrogging 3G adoption in China and the key reasons which have driven this ramping adoption. China has more than 1.3 billion subscriptions out of which LTE subscriptions have crossed 500 Million mark at the end of March and closing in on 600 million LTE subscriptions in July 2016. It took just 26 months for China to...read more

Apple Tipping Toes into O2O Space, Invests in Didi

May 13, 2016| By | Category: digital-services, smartphones

Apple just announced that is has invested US$1 Billion in the leading Chinese ride sharing service Didi Kuaidi. Didi is the largest app-based ride-sharing service in China clocking more than 300 million rides a day leveraging its 300 million strong user base across China. We think this is a great move from Apple to tip its toes into O2O services space as the value in the industry is...read more

Apple’s First Quarter of Negative Growth

Apr 27, 2016| By | Category: smartphones

Apple reported its first-ever quarter of negative corporate revenue as well as iPhone unit shipments growth decline after 35 quarters of straight positive growth as we warned last quarter. What does this means for Apple and the supply chain and competition? Let's analyze and deep dive into Apple's dip in performance. The margins have dipped again and too much dependent of the flagship refresh cycles vs...read more