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…

China’s Smartphone Market Turns Corner in Q1 2021; 5G Takes Center Stage While vivo, OPPO Jostle For Top Spot

Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – April 29, 2021 Smartphone shipment growth in China turned positive in Q1 2021, growing 36% compared to last year’s COVID-impacted first quarter to register 90.7mn shipments, according to Counterpoint Research’s China Market Monitor Report, Q1 2021. The quarter marked the inevitable succession of Huawei’s leadership, as the…

BoM Analysis: Galaxy S21 Ultra Costs 7% Less Than Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Beijing, Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul - April 22, 2021 The Galaxy S21 series makes a big leap in computing performance with its shift from 7nm to 5nm chipsets. Samsung’s ecosystem contributes as high as 63% of the total BoM cost of the Galaxy S21 international edition. Producing a 128GB Galaxy S21 Ultra mmWave smartphone costs Samsung up to $533,…

Snapdragon 780G 5G Brings Premium Features for Less, Starting with Mi 11 Lite 5G

The Snapdragon 780G mobile platform is built on Samsung's 5nm node. It brings support for Sub-6Ghz 5G and Wi-Fi 6E.  The chip supports 144Hz refresh rate and other flagship features. Towards the end of March 2021, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 780G 5G platform for high-tier smartphones. Successor to the Snapdragon 750G 5G, and built on Samsung's 5nm process, the new chipset brings…

Rogers Looks to Strengthen 5G Position with Acquisition of Canada’s Fourth Largest Carrier, Shaw Communications

Rogers Communications is to acquire Shaw Communications in a transaction valued at $20.8 billion. The 5G opportunity is the key focus of the merger. At present, Rogers is in the lead for 5G rollouts in Canada and remains well-positioned to monetize 5G while leveraging its premium subscriber base. The deal will allow Rogers to be more aggressive with its 5G investment and rollouts. 5G…

Podcast: 5G Smartphone Shipments to Double in 2021 Despite Component Shortages

We saw the first wave of 5G smartphone launches in H1 2019 with prices above $1,000. These premium smartphones gave way to a completely new pricing landscape in just around a year, with the most affordable 5G smartphone coming under $200 in China in 2020. Moving into 2021, we have the ongoing issue of component shortages across the semiconductor industry. In our previous podcast, we discussed…

T-Mobile Bets Big on its 5G Network Lead

T-Mobile unveiled its 2021 goals in its first analyst day in years and first with CEO Mike Sievert at the helm. Key goals for 2021 and beyond include leading in 5G for years to come, expanding into under-indexed markets, unlocking the synergies of its merger with Sprint, and delivering better financial results outside of winning the net add game. Source: T-Mobile T-Mobile claims network…

Consumer is King as US 5G Device Prices Set to Hit New Low in 2021

The year 2020 saw growing adoption of 5G devices throughout the United States, driven in part by the launch of the first 5G enabled iPhone in the fourth quarter. While this flagship helped push 5G further into the mainstream for consumers, there was also considerable movement towards 5G in the low-to-mid price segment in the second half of 2021. With expanding 5G coverage and OEMs looking to meet…

LG Wing 5G Review: A Sidekick Among Foldables

The LG Wing 5G is an innovative dual-screen smartphone where the primary display swivels to reveal the secondary screen. Under the hood is a 7nm Snapdragon 765G SoC with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The smartphone supports 5G, wireless charging and a special gimbal mode camera among other features. LG, which was once the third-largest handset manufacturer globally, has been…

Smartphone Market Rebounds in Netherlands, Denmark, Finland in Q4 2020; 5G Penetration Crosses 50% of Shipments

London, Boston, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – February 22, 2021 Smartphone shipments in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Finland showed positive QoQ growth in Q4 2020 largely thanks to strong demand for the Apple iPhone 12 series, even as some regions remained under partial lockdown, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest analysis of the European smartphone market. Out of the…