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

Market Monitor : Q1 2015 : Smartphone Brands Market Share...

May 21, 2015| By

According to latest research from Counterpoint's Market Monitor quarterly tracker program, USA smartphone market crossed 40 million units at the end of Q1 2015 compared to 33 million units shipped in Q1 2014 last year. The USA smartphone market grew a healthy 23% annually back to the 2011 levels The demand was stimulated by accelerated replacement rates thanks to device installment + early upgrade plans and pent up demand for the new...read more

Market Monitor : Q1 2015 : Smartphones China

Apr 30, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the China smartphone market as few OEMs have already released their Q1 2015 (Jan-Mar) performances. Following are our preliminary market share and rankings according to our quarterly Market Monitor service. The overall China smartphone market grew 7% annually but slowed down by 10% sequentially in spite of the Chinese holiday season Apple led the China smartphone market with a...read more

Market Monitor : Q1 2015 : Handset & Smartphone Markets

Apr 29, 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 Q1 2015 (Jan-Mar) 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 record March quarter reached 441 million units up 2% YoY but...read more

Alcatel One Touch idol 3 – Worth Idolizing!

Apr 27, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

Alcatel One Touch announced its latest phablet idol 3  at MWC 2015 targeting young and music loving consumers looking for a great ultra-slim clever design, advanced multimedia experience on the go and sporting other premium hardware specs at a highly affordable and disruptive price-point. Counterpoint Research team have been using and evaluating the 5.5"  phablet variant of the new idol 3 which was pre-launched in USA on 21st...read more

Apple Watch : Wrist Wearable Segment’s iPhone Moment?

Apr 16, 2015| By | Category: wearables

Apple's Watch is going to be the "iPhone moment" for the wrist wearable industry. Apple with its premium iPhone offering already commands significant share of smartphone segment forming a strong foundation of installed base of premium Apple users. Excitement about Apple Watch right could be said is more on novelty proposition attracting early adopters and loyal fan base but the offering has decent potential to maximize the...read more

Cyanogen: Disruption Around The Corner?

Apr 06, 2015| By | Category: digital-services

Mobile is eating the world. The platforms (i.e. iOS & Android) empowering this trend have revolutionized by making mobile devices smarter with abundance of mobile driven apps and services satisfying plethora of use-cases. In doing so, these platforms (e.g. iOS, Android, Windows and so forth) have transformed into ecosystems with 'closed' software and services looking to gain complete control of the users. We are reaching...read more

BlackBerry: On Knife Edge

Mar 27, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

We have been tracking BlackBerry's performance since years now and it is one of the companies with a great amount of potential but slipping away quietly with slow steps towards a massive turnaround. We posted last year, highlighting the Canadian fiscal second quarter performance with recommendations that BlackBerry should pivot towards becoming a horizontal platform- software & services company rather than dedicating billions of dollars...read more

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Pricing Strategy

Mar 23, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

Samsung announced 2015's latest flagship models the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 1st March 2015. Samsung aims to arrest its slipping share in smartphone segment and especially premium smartphone segment against Apple's flagship duo iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus which propelled Apple ahead of Samsung in Q4 2014 to become the largest smartphone brand in terms of market share...read more

Face-Off: Apple Watch vs. Swiss Watch Industry

Mar 19, 2015| By | Category: wearables

Today one of the most premium Swiss watch brands, Tag Heuer jumped (or was forced to) into the smart wearables space partnering with Google (Android Wear) and Intel. This is not the first time we are seeing fashion brands stepping into branded electronics space. From Lamborghini to Porsche to Prada we have seen it all trying to capture the niche but hyper-premium segment. Tag-Heuer itself launched a...read more

HERE Launches its Industry Leading Maps & True Offline Navigation...

Mar 12, 2015| By | Category: location-services

HERE launched new navigation and mapping app for iOS today with a nicely done user interface and set of advanced features to compete against the Google Maps, Apple’s own native Maps upfront. HERE has a strong focus on navigation, with live traffic available in more than 40 countries around the world and real-time public transit information available for 25 cities. Most importantly, it has taken...read more