BoM Analysis: JioPhone Next Costs $58 to Make, Lays Robust Foundation for 5G Shift

The JioPhone Next is one of the cheapest 4G smartphones available in the market. The device will help Jio shift hundreds of millions of 2G and 3G users to 4G. The device will also make it easier to shift 4G users to 5G once the coverage has reached a good threshold. Reliance Jio, in partnership with Google, launched the JioPhone Next 4G Android smartphone on November 4 last year. With an…

Future of 5G in Russia Remains Uncertain

5G in Russia is looking like a distant dream, as major network vendors Ericsson and Nokia have decided to suspend their operations in Russia, while Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE are grappling with US sanctions. To compound matters, Russia’s 4G network is yet to reach full penetration levels, and Nokia and Ericsson’s exit might impact its expansion and upgrade. Although 5G is available in a…

5G mmWave: Ecosystem & Economics Already Attractive (Part 3)

Every cellular generation transition has led to significant personal and economic transformation, unlocking new use-cases, applications, and benefits. The 4G network architecture and spectrum (600MHz to 2500 MHz) evolution were a step change in how mobile users communicate (video calls, instant messengers, consuming richer content (buffer-free OTT video, music) to commerce (O2O revolution from 15…

Podcast #57 – Will 5G Offset Macroeconomic Weakness in SEA Smartphone Market?

Southeast Asia, one of the world’s most promising markets, saw its smartphone shipments decline in Q2 2022. But despite this, Thailand’s premium smartphone market grew 22% YoY, confirming a key trend in the overall Southeast Asian market. Other key trends in the region include the growth of gaming and 5G smartphones. Rising inflation and reduced consumer spending are resulting in a lengthening…

5G Infrastructure Vendors – Are They Immune To Recession?

Nordic vendors Ericsson and Nokia had a good second quarter. Ericsson reported a 13.7%* growth in revenue to $6 billion with net profit jumping 19.2 % to $451 million. Nokia's revenue was almost identical at $6.1 billion, up 10.5%, while profits surged 31.1% to $478 million. Both benefited from favourable currency conditions, particularly in the US, their biggest market. The two vendors remain…

Meet Counterpoint at The 5G Opportunity 2022

Our Research Vice President, Neil Shah, will be speaking at the 5G Opportunity 2022. His session details are available below: Session Theme: “Closing the Digital Divide - Fixed Wireless Access ” Day and Date: Wednesday, 17th August 2022 Time: 3PM IST He will be joined by: Mahendra Nahata, Managing Director, HFCL Tirunelveli (TV) Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum…

T-Mobile to Have 67% Share of US 5G FWA Connections in 2022, Nokia Leads the USA 5G FWA-CPE Market

4G, 5G and non-cellular FWA subscriptions will reach around 26 million by 2025, with a 34.6% CAGR during 2021-2025. US cellular FWA-CPE cumulative revenues will reach $7.6 billion by 2025. Buenos Aires, San Diego, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing – August 8, 2022 In 2020, 22% of US households did not have access to fixed broadband. This number will be reduced to almost 1% by…

MediaTek records impressive quarter, strong growth from 5G flagships

MediaTek recorded a strong second quarter with revenues of $5.5 billion, an increase of 23.9% YoY and 9.1% QoQ. This growth is primarily driven by the smartphone segment. MediaTek maintained its position despite tough macroeconomic conditions and a slowdown in the China Market. The company’s smartphone segment has achieved a revenue of $3 billion in Q2 2022, up by 16.5% annually and 12%…

India Smartphone Shipments Decline 5% QoQ; 5G Smartphone Installed Base Crosses 50 Million

India’s smartphone installed base crossed 600 million during the quarter. Xiaomi led the market in Q2 2022 with a 19% shipment share, closely followed by Samsung. 5G smartphones contributed to 29% of overall shipments. Samsung led the 5G smartphone segment with a 25% share, followed by vivo and OnePlus. Three out of the top five smartphone models in Q2 2022 were from realme. Samsung…

World’s ‘Social Media Capital’ in Rapid 5G Transition

The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing and tech-savvy nations in Southeast Asia. The country’s mobile connection penetration has reached 140% and most of the leading operators have launched 5G services. According to the Digital 2022 report, there were more than 92 million social media users at the start of 2022 and internet users aged 16 to 64 spent an average of 5 hours and 47 minutes on…

5G AIoT Unlocking New Era of IoT

The use of IoT devices is making our daily lives smarter. IoT combined with artificial intelligence (AI), or artificial IoT (AIoT), is helping in automated real-time decision-making and data analysis. AI can add value to IoT through machine learning (ML) and improved decision-making. Similarly, IoT can add value to AI through connectivity and data exchange. With the rapid technological…

Indonesia Bets on 4G to Increase Mobile Internet Coverage; 5G to Focus on Industry for Now

Indonesia’s mobile telecom subscriptions increased 5% YoY in Q1 2022 to reach 362 million, which is 33% higher than the country’s population of 273 million. However, Indonesia wants to accelerate digitalization keeping in view Industry 4.0. In this regard, the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs) are upgrading infrastructure to expand internet coverage through 4G and selective development of…

Podcast #55: 5G FWA Update – Connecting Next Half Billion Households

The consumer demand for high-speed home broadband continues to grow at a rapid pace as companies adopt the hybrid working culture. Even personal content consumption has increased, be it for music and video streaming, gaming or other applications. And as billions of consumers across the globe continue to wait for reliable home broadband, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in conjunction with 5G is…

Incumbent Vendors Reveal Early 5G Monetization Trends

Both Ericsson and Nokia showed continued growth in their top-line revenues during the 1Q 2022 although profits and margins were adversely affected by numerous factors. In particular, Ericsson reported a 12% growth in its mobile networks revenue while Nokia reported a 14% growth in its fixed networks business, but both were boosted by favourable currency conditions. Counterpoint Research expects…

5G Spectrum Auction in India: Challenges, Opportunities, Private Networks, mmWave and More

In cricket-crazy India, the annual player auctions for the Indian Premier League (IPL) are a big draw. Fans are glued to their digital screens, eagerly waiting to hear the destination of their favourite players. Come June, something similar will be witnessed in the country when the much delayed and highly anticipated 5G spectrum auction takes place. There have been several important announcements…

Meet Counterpoint at 5G India Leadership Summit 2022

Counterpoint will be attending 5G India Leadership Summit 2022 on May 19th. Our Research Director, Tarun Pathak, will be moderating a panel discussion at the 5G India Leadership Summit 2022. You can schedule a meeting with him to discuss the latest trends in the technology, media and telecommunication sector and understand how our leading research and services can help your business. Click…