Counterpoint Research – 5G SA Core Deployments Rise to 42 in 2022, Ericsson leads the Market followed by Nokia

Last year saw a steady growth in 5G network coverage with the number of subscribers reaching almost 1 billion worldwide. Although most of the 5G deployments in 2022 were in the developed economies of the world, Counterpoint Research expects that the bulk of network roll outs in 2023 will be in emerging markets. This will drive the continuing transition from 5G NSA to 5G SA. Counterpoint…

India 5G Smartphone Shipments to Cross 4G Shipments in 2023

Cumulative 5G smartphone shipments will cross the 100-million mark in Q2 2023 and exceed 4G smartphone shipments by the end of 2023. India’s 5G smartphone shipments are estimated to grow 81% YoY in 2022 driven by their expanding presence in lower price bands (<INR 20,000 or ~$244) and rollout of 5G networks. 5G share in lower price bands (<INR 20,000 or ~$244) is gradually increasing,…

Huawei iHashBAND 5G Solution Fosters Innovative, Intelligent Multi-band Convergence

5G is happening and fast! More than 200 CSPs have deployed 3GPP-compliant 5G networks globally so far, with 5G subscriptions poised to cross the billion mark in the next few months. The CSPs will be doubling down on deploying the next-generation 5G NR network architecture in 2022 and 2023. They look forward to reaping the benefits of an advanced and intelligent network infrastructure that can…

Huawei’s “ONE 5G” Concept Centre Stage at Global MBB Forum

Although efforts are underway to sunset 2G and 3G networks, many CSPs will need to operate multiple base station types across 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G for many years. In addition, they will need to accommodate an ever-widening range of spectrum bands – up to 20 bands perhaps – ranging from sub 1GHz low bands and 3.5 GHz mid-bands to very high 26-40GHz millimetre bands, with even higher 66-79GHz bands…

5G Smartphone Sales Soar in Indonesia Despite Low Network Penetration

5G smartphone shipments in Indonesia rose 159% YoY in Q2 2022. The growth was driven by the $150-$349 and >$500 price bands. Samsung, OPPO, vivo and Xiaomi led the 5G smartphone sales growth. Tie-ups between mobile operators and the industrial sector can push 5G smartphone use. Jakarta, London, Boston, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – October 24, 2022 Indonesia’s 5G…

About 50% of India Smartphone Users Planning to Buy New Device Within a Year as 5G Transition Gathers Pace: Survey

Samsung, Apple and OnePlus are the most preferred smartphone brands for the next purchase. INR 20,000-INR 30,000 is the most preferred price band for their future smartphone purchases. 5G capability is the third most important factor in deciding future smartphone purchases. London, San Diego, Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul – October 21, 2022 About half of India’s…

Qualcomm On Track To Launch Open RAN 5G Macro Base Station Portfolio

Qualcomm is in the midst of developing a suite of open RAN-based 5G infrastructure products. Two years ago, the vendor announced a new line-up of macro base station silicon with a target sampling date of mid-2022. As promised, the company started sampling its new products a few months ago with key customers and partners. Qualcomm’s Open RAN Macro Portfolio Qualcomm's open RAN macro portfolio…

Apple Refurbished ASPs Witnessing a Shift in US Due to 5G

Even as older iPhone models lose value, Apple continues to be the leader in refurbished smartphones globally and in the US. The ASPs of iPhones in the refurbished market are going through a transition as 4G LTE devices lose more value. Increase in 5G usage has a big part to play here. With the iPhone 14 series launch, the prices for much older models like the 8, 11 and XR series have gone…

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%…