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

LTE Is Eating The World

Feb 20, 2015| By | Category: components

The connected era is here and this is being possible by the evolving cellular network infrastructure, flatter all-IP scalable core network and advanced high-throughput cellular access technology. While many countries are quickly moving from pan-urban LTE coverage to almost pan-country LTE coverage, the users with LTE ready devices are growing at a much faster pace than actual network roll-outs. More and more OEMs are shipping LTE ready...read more

Xiaomi’s Growth Strategy in West – Baby Steps..

Feb 13, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

Xiaomi's Growth Strategy Outside China - Will US help Xiaomi propel ahead?  Xiaomi became the third largest smartphone brand in Q3 2014 though slipped to fifth largest in Q4 2014 as the brand's growth peaked in its domestic market as close rivals such as Lenovo (with Motorola acquisition) & Huawei surpassed xiaomi in smartphone race banking on significant growth outside China. As a result, to keep on the...read more

Market Monitor : Handset & Smartphone Markets – Q4 2014

Jan 29, 2015| By

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the global handset and smartphone market as few OEMs have already released their Q4 2014 (Oct-Dec) 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 December quarter crossing half a billion units for the first...read more

Apple Records Highest Ever Market Share in Japan & Korea

Jan 21, 2015| By | Category: smartphones

According to Counterpoint Research’s Monthly Market Pulse report, global Apple iPhone sales grew a healthy 26% annually crossing 20 million unit monthly sales mark for the first time ever in November 2014. Apple’s iPhone volumes grew across key countries with timely global roll out of flagship iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus models and also helped by relatively lower priced iPhone 5s & 5c, targeting...read more

TSMC Q4 2014 : Record Revenues Signals Big iPhone Quarter

Jan 15, 2015| By | Category: components

As we highlighted in our insight post last quarter, TSMC is an important semiconductor company to track to understand the underlying growth trends in technology space especially communications. TSMC the world's largest semiconductor foundry announced its Q4 2014 results and the results were phenomenal. Some of the performance highlights during the quarter for TSMC were: Revenues jumped an impressive 56% annually to cross US$7 Billion with gross margins around 49%,...read more

Big Trend: Messaging Apps Becoming Ecosystems : Line, WeChat &...

Dec 16, 2014| By | Category: digital-services, ecommerce

We have written previously and predicted on how the messaging apps are revolutionizing the tech industry. i.e. How Wechat has transformed into a huge m-commerce platform and even leapfrogging Amazon in many aspects as well as Twitter going m-commerce. We have also predicted and reasoned how these emerging mobile-centric platforms can acquire/partner with content companies or content driving engines to grow further as major platforms where user...read more

$300 Billion Smartphone Industry

Nov 20, 2014| By | Category: smartphones

We recently posted the latest Q3 2014 mobile phone industry market results, the industry growth remained positive led by proliferation of smartphone segments. Our latest Market Monitor & Outlook services research reports sheds some more light on the health of the mobile phone industry: In terms of volume size, we saw almost under half a billion mobile phones were shipped comprising of more than 300 million...read more

Amazon Echo : Echoes Amazon’s Technology Prowess

Nov 09, 2014| By | Category: iot

There has been a rising negative sentiment on web after Amazon fire Phone debacle that Amazon is becoming a worse consumer product company. While I understand the overall thinking but there is nothing wrong with Amazon's products. In fact, the technology has improved with every product launch with lots on innovations and tech baked in. Where Amazon has erred is positioning, go-to-market & not making products mass-market or reachable...read more

Market Monitor : Handset & Smartphone Markets – Q3 2014

Oct 30, 2014| By

Counterpoint Research team of Analysts have completed preliminary sizing of the global handset and smartphone market as few OEMs have already released their Q3 2013 (Jul-Sep) 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: Handset shipments reached a record September quarter high of under half a billion units for the Q3 2014 quarter registering...read more

What can we learn from TSMC’s Quarterly Results

Oct 20, 2014| By | Category: components

TSMC announced its Q3 2014 results and its worth highlighting about the company which is the world's largest contract chip manufacturer and has been churning out hundreds of millions semiconductor chipsets across several technology applications The Taiwanese company has been riding high on the rising semiconductor content in communications space especially smartphones capturing a lion share of top-tier clients. During the quarter for TSMC: Revenues jumped 29% annually to...read more