Podcast: How Xiaomi, Qualcomm are Delivering 5G, AI-based Experiences to Consumers

Mobile handsets have evolved with every new cellular generation, both in terms of form factor and capabilities. From advanced photography and videography to high-speed internet connectivity and the console-like mobile gaming experience, all these capabilities are unlocked by the system on chip (SoC). Qualcomm is the leading SoC company globally and is driving these advanced technologies and smart…

Mixed Fortunes for Ericsson and Nokia in China 5G RAN Tender

As expected, domestic vendors Huawei and ZTE were awarded the largest contracts in China Broadcasting Network (CBN) and China Mobile's recent joint 5G infrastructure tenders. Together with compatriot Datang, the trio accounted for 94.1% of the 480,397 base stations under tender with the remaining 6% or 28,822 base stations shared between foreign vendors Ericsson and Nokia (Exhibit 1). Rival…

Budget 5G Smartphones are the New Battlegrounds for OEMs

T-Mobile Drives US 5G Competition in $100-$250 Price Band T-Mobile is pushing the envelope when it comes to budget 5G smartphones ($100-$250 band) in the US. While both AT&T and Verizon are focused on upgrading their base with the latest premium 5G offerings, T-Mobile has moved in with its “5G for All” campaign and a promise to give free 5G smartphones to those looking to upgrade.…

5G Devices Capture Over Two-thirds of Global Smartphone Revenue in Q1 2021

5G, the new frontier in telecommunications technology, is being adopted faster than its predecessor, 4G. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are observing a resilient and consistent rise in 5G smartphone penetration in every region. 5G devices captured more than two-thirds (69%) of global smartphone revenue in Q1 2021, with their shipments reaching 39% of the global total for the quarter, according…

5G India Congress 2021

Our Research Vice President Neil Shah will be moderating the 5G India Congress, 2021 on 15th July 2021. Timing: Start: Thursday 15th July 2021 11:00 IST End: Thursday 15th July 2021 15:00 IST Venue: Virtual Meeting About The Event It gives us great pleasure to share that 5G India Congress is most renowned & successful platform for 5G leaders to come together and share updates,…

Webinar: 5G in India: Levelling Up Experiences and Accessibility

Our Research Director  Tarun Pathak had moderated the "5G in India: Levelling Up Experiences and Accessibility" event. He looked at India’s 5G journey looking at key growth drivers, consumer expectations, enabling technologies and device costs. He was also joined by Cellular Operators Association of India - COAI Deputy Director General, Vikram Tiwathia realme Vice President and CEO,…

Indonesia Gets Second 5G Operator but Spectrum Issues Remain

Indosat Ooredoo has become the second telecom operator in Indonesia to offer 5G commercial services. In May this year, Telkomsel became the country’s first commercial 5G operator. Further, XL Axiata and Smartfren are planning to conduct operational tests for launching their 5G services. Indosat, which is using the 1.8Ghz band for its 5G service, sees the initial demand for the service coming…

5G Caribbean Virtual Summit

Our Research Vice President Neil Shah will be speaking at the 5G Caribbean Summit. He will be speaking about the eSIM market.  Timing: Start: Thursday 1 July 2021 10:00 End: Thursday 1 July 2021 15:30 Venue: Virtual Meeting The mobile communication networks are going through a major facelift along with the new 5G and its virtualized network architecture model. Nevertheless, previous…

Whitepaper – Making 5G Global: Accessibility for All

Overview: In markets where 5G has launched, the latest wireless broadband standard is shaping up to be the fastest generation of network technology ever adopted. It has become a key growth driver for operators globally not only because of the experiences it enables, but also due to the accessibility and affordability of handsets. After just two years from launch, 5G smartphones available to…

Webinar: Making 5G Global: Accessibility For All

Please join us again for our Making 5G Global: Accessibility for All webinar broadcast on June 3, 2020 featuring the following speakers: Kalvin Bahia, Principal Economist, GSMA Intelligence Peter Richardson, VP and Co-founder, Counterpoint Research Rajen Vagadia, VP and President, Qualcomm India & SAARC Madhav Sheth, VP, realme and CEO, realme India and Europe Johnny Chen,…

Making 5G Global: Accessibility for All

3 June 2021 10:00 BST | 11:00 CET In markets where 5G has launched, the latest wireless broadband standard is shaping up to be the fastest generation of network technology ever adopted. It has become a key growth driver for operators globally not only because of the experiences it enables, but also due to the accessibility and affordability of handsets. After just two years from launch, 5G…

Qualcomm Extends 5G Smartphone Leadership with Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform

The new 7-series Snapdragon 778G SoC is built on TSMC’s 6nm node. The SoC supports Sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G connectivity. It supports a triple-camera ISP and a display refresh rate of up to 144Hz. It aims to build upon the success of Snapdragon 765G. Even as the global smartphone market continues to recover from COVID-19, the global chip shortage has been tightening its grip. But…

Podcast: Operator Promos Drive US 5G Smartphone Prices Under $150

The beginning of 2020 was quite challenging for the smartphone market after the COVID-19 outbreak, which resulted in lockdowns across several countries. However, things eased in the second half with pent-up demand driving smartphone sales. The momentum continued through Q1 2021, with the iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21 series doing well in the premium segment. Even the telecom operators offered…

5G Ushering in Affordability With Performance

Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – May 11, 2021 Looking at the numbers, 5G is very impressive – from delivering super-fast speeds to enjoying rapid adoption. In the US, it has been the fastest amongst all radio technology gens to reach scale, accounting for over 60% of all devices shipped in the first two months of 2021. Last weekend I spotted a sub-$200 5G device.…

US Smartphone Market Grows 19% YoY in Q1 2021; 5G Smartphone Sales Eclipse 53 m Units

Boston, Toronto, Denver, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – April 30, 2021 The US smartphone market saw a 19% year-over-year (YoY) growth in its Q1 2021 sales helped by the 5G sales from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus, according to Counterpoint’s latest data from the US Channel Share Tracker. The market had sold over 53 million 5G devices at the end of Q1 2021 since the launch of 5G in…

Dish To Run 5G Network on AWS Cloud

Last week, Dish Network announced a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) whereby AWS will become Dish’s preferred cloud provider. Dish is the fourth-largest MNO in the US cellular market and is building a greenfield open RAN-based 5G network across the country. Leveraging AWS’s cloud infrastructure and services - including AWS Outposts and AWS Local Zones - Dish claims that it can…