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

Apple: “Hey Siri, Let’s Take Over The World”

Sep 10, 2015| By | Category: smartphones, tablet-pcs

Apple the world's second largest smartphone marker made a huge splash with the announcement of new products strengthening the Apple ecosystem and the stickiness quotient more than ever. Apple announced the S variants of the one year refresh of its last year's iPhone 6 series the best selling smartphones on the planet in form of  iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus alongside a newly designed enterprise- focused...read more

HTC: From Riches to Rags

Sep 04, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

HTC today announced its preliminary revenues for August 2015 and as expected it was not rosy and hit the lowest level ever, and this is far from over The revenues more than halved a year ago in a crucial time in the quarter when its flagship series should be doing well with rollout across major countries since launch at the end of Q1 2015. ...read more

The Future is HERE & Brighter For The Location Industry

Aug 03, 2015| By | Category: location-services

Nokia today announced the sale of its HERE location and mapping business unit to a Consortium formed by German Automaker BMW-Audi-Daimler for EUR 2.8 Billion (or US$ 3.1 billion). This is a huge event in the global location, mapping space as makes HERE an independent company to challenge Google stronger by becoming the go-to platform by any tech industry player for its location intelligence and...read more

Q2 2015: Chinese Brands Dominate As Huawei Becomes The Third...

Jul 30, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the global handset and smartphone market as few OEMs have already released their Q2 2015 (Apr-Jun) performances. Following are our preliminary market share and rankings according to our quarterly Market Monitor service. The key highlights of the quarterly performances so far include: Market: Global mobile phone shipments reached a March quarter record of 470 million units up 6% YoY...read more

TSMC: Apple Ramps But Revenue Growth Still Slows Down

Jul 22, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

We have been following the performance of t he world's leading foundry and previously highlighted its importance to track performance of the key players and the underlying growth trends in technology space especially communications. TSMC announced its June-ending quarter results for 2015 and the results were slightly mixed Some of the performance highlights during the quarter for TSMC were: TSMC's revenue growth slowed down from the huge...read more

Q2 2015: Apple :: China Revenues Double Annually

Jul 21, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

Apple reported its FYQ3 or CYQ2 results for 2015, some key highlights were: Apple generated almost US$ 50 Billion in revenues up 33% YoY. Operating income stood grew 37% annually to US$14 Billion but overall contribution to the total revenues declined to 28% from 30% Q2CY15 last year. Gross margins though remained healthy at 40% level Apple iPhone revenues contributes to almost 63% of the total...read more

Q2 2015: Verizon :: AOL Acquisition Timely As LTE Base...

Jul 21, 2015| By | Category: operators

One of the top two US operators, Verizon announced its results today seeing some interesting growth in a what used to be a traditionally slow quarter. Furthermore, Verizon seemed to be immune from a strong and aggressive competition from T-Mobile during the quarter, which means other carriers especially Sprint might have had a tough Q2 2015 Looking at some interesting stats on Verizon network helps us understand a...read more

Jolla & Intex Launches A ‘Snapdeal Phone’ in India

Jul 16, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

As we have highlighted previously in our insights two key trends which are disrupting the incumbent mobile value chain players from operators to device manufacturers: 1. OTT players are growing faster, powerful and developing their own ecosystem to lock-in the users and getting greater share of user's digital lives and digital wallet & are getting into hardware space 2. Open platforms such as Cyanogen & Sailfish are...read more

China Mobile: 4G Leapfrogging 3G Growth By a Margin

Jul 01, 2015| By | Category: operators, smartphones

China Mobile is the world's largest mobile operator with more than 816 million mobile subscribers almost bigger than all subscribers in USA+Japan+Korea+UK+Germany combined. This is the scale China Mobile possesses and is huge for all players in the ecosystem. However, China Mobile exactly 18 months ago was struggling to push the huge 2G subscriber base to 3G TD-SCDMA with overall 3G subs penetration being at...read more

Evolving Business Models – HaaD – Hardware As A Distribution...

Jun 19, 2015| By | Category: digital-services, smartphones

The mobile hardware industry has evolved  from the then elephant in the room and vertically integrated Nokia's dominance in the 2000 decade to rise of other fully vertically integrated Apple which has dominated the industry revenues and profits for the next five years and probably this entire decade (2010-2020).  Vertically Integrated players have a large part of the full hardware or software stack on the device. On...read more