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White Paper – L.E.A.D.E.R – eSIM Adoption Opportunities & Benchmarking

L.E.A.D.E.R – eSIM Adoption Opportunities & Benchmarking

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PDF | 41 pages
Published date: February 2022

The L.E.A.D.E.R. framework – published in a joint white paper with Counterpoint Research, sets out the criteria for eSIM leadership and highlights implementation best practice and monetization opportunities for mobile network operators (MNOs). The framework assesses MNOs across the globe on their ability to scale eSIM technology across several lines of businesses, deliver seamless enablement and management, drive rapid adoption, provide support for multiple devices across categories, and on their efforts to expand or leverage reach across borders. Or, as the L.E.A.D.E.R. acrostic spells out: Lines of business, Enablement, Adoption, Devices, Experience, Reach.

Read the full Press Release from Amdocs here.

The adoption of eSIM is near an inflection point. We are getting close to an equilibrium between the demand-side pull and supply-side push. More and more eSIM-capable devices are hitting the market every quarter across the consumer, IoT and mobility space.

The need for a robust, scalable eSIM device enablement and management platform is higher than ever with an end-to-end digital onboarding journey, and across a variety of device types including smartphones, wearables, routers, vehicles and more. The growing eSIM platform capabilities, such as device entitlements, digital identity and discovery services, are becoming important to maximize eSIM benefits. Mobile operators across the world are gearing-up to add these capabilities and offer a seamless, digital eSIM provisioning experience. However, there are still hundreds of mobile operators which are unsure about what route to take in this eSIM transformation journey.

Therefore, we have developed a unique, proprietary framework called L.E.A.D.E.R to set benchmarks from different operators across the world on their eSIM capabilities, like scaling the technology across several lines of businesses, seamless enablement and management, driving rapid friction-free adoption, support for multiple devices across categories, and efforts in expanding or leveraging their reach across channels and borders.

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White Paper – 5G Smartphone SoC Development Trend

5G Smartphone SoC Development Trend

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PDF | 32 pages
Published date: December 2021

Globally, 5G smartphones have seen fast adoption rates in the past two years. For 2022, Counterpoint expects the worldwide 5G smartphone shipments to reach over 800 million units, replacing LTE as the mainstream cellular standard in mobile devices. 5G will play an important role in future dollar content growth in semiconductors, especially the SoC chipsets, as we believe the migration trend with  more advanced features would persist during the next few years.

In this white paper, we look into the forces driving 5G smartphone innovation in 2022 and beyond. Not only the architecture inside the chips but the ecosystem is also evolving to meet the increasing demand from photography, gaming, video streaming and even virtual reality for 5G mobile users. Our research scope here covers cellular technology, architectures, AI elements, memory, and the most advanced foundry nodes.

Besides the abovementioned technology migrations, this whitepaper also brings you our unique perspective on open resource architecture, where chipset vendors allow the release of lower software layers for customizations. We observe the trend of OEMs’ deeper interaction with chipset vendors for customized designs. The differentiation factors in use cases such as camera, multimedia, and gaming, which are increasingly becoming important, especially in flagship smartphones. Going into 2022 and 2023, the flagship Android smartphones remain full of potentials and opportunities in many upgrade areas. We believe the TAM is still expanding, while only a very few SoC vendors are capable of migrations to serve their OEM clients.

  • Executive Summary
  • Global 5G SA Development
  • 5G Spectrum & Standard Development Pushes Network, Device Upgrade
  • Strengthened computing power in flagship mobile SoCs
  • 5G open resource architecture and Enhanced 5G user experience

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RISC-V Adoption Picks Up Pace

IP design around the chipset architecture, security and cutting-edge performance improvements matching the advancements in manufacturing process and material science have been the key to semiconductor supply chain. Intel has been dominating the CPU architecture for the computing market with its x86 instruction set but integrated mostly into its own chips. However, Arm with its “pure play” licensing of its cutting-edge chipset architecture revolutionized the smartphone market, which became the fastest growing and high-scale personal computing segment in the world.

However, the semiconductor industry over the recent years has seen significant shifts, from consolidation to power acquisition moves, which has exacerbated the geopolitical tensions between key economies with semiconductors becoming the key component of the “technology cold war”. Sanctions on Huawei, NVIDIA looking to acquire Arm and China’s domestic semiconductor ambitions have warranted the need to find alternative semiconductor IP providers and reshape the global semiconductor supply chain.

RISC-V ISA is probably the candidate in the spotlight leveraging an open-source architecture. But the key question is how RISC-V is aligned in terms of capabilities, potential opportunities, and adoption rates.

In this report, we will deep-dive into the global semiconductor IP landscape and find how the introduction of RISC-V ISA can compete with tech giants such as Intel and Qualcomm, and pure play providers such as Arm and Synopsys.

To receive your free copy of the report, please get in touch  – info(at)counterpointresearch.com

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White Paper – Making 5G Global: Accessibility for All

Making 5G Global: Accessibility for All

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PDF | 13 pages
Published date: June 2021

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 consumers include not just premium flagships, but also a robust selection of mid-end and, increasingly, affordable-range devices.

Appealing to young, modern smartphone users, these budget friendly phones come packed with the latest technology and features, including AI-enabled quad-camera imaging systems, premium screens, superior audio, high-performance chipsets and great battery life. We are quickly moving to a world where 5G will be accessible across all segments, enabling more consumers in emerging markets to connect to ultra-fast networks for the first time.

This Whitepaper brings you the story of how smartphone technology has evolved over the generations, the impact it has had on specs and usage, and how things are likely to evolve over time. We deep dive into the state of current adoption across markets, the fast expansion of mid-end segments, design and features trends, and some of the key brands leading in today’s super competitive 5G environment.

  • 5G Market Overview
    • 5G Smartphone Sales – A Tale of Two Markets
    • Mid-End 5G Smartphone Proliferation
  • Device Design and Specifications
    • Form and Function
    • 5G Smartphones Sport Advanced Specs vs Those of 4G Era
    • Features 5.0
  • 5G Smartphone Brand Leaders
  • Conclusion
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White Paper: Technology Convergence Clicks in Smartphone Cameras

Technology Convergence Clicks in Smartphone Cameras

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PDF | 31 pages
Published date: April 2021

Camera is now at the heart of smartphone innovations. It is also the most commonly used feature for smartphone users.

Keeping this in mind, smartphone makers in collaboration with the camera ecosystem have been striving to level up the mobile photography performance with breakthroughs in both hardware specifications and AI-backed software and algorithm development. The fusion of camera and AI is becoming an important trend, enabling a more advanced and differentiated experience.

This trend will further strengthen thanks to the ever-increasing AI computing power in smartphones.

  • Executive Summary
  • Section 1: Camera Function Advances in Smartphones
  • Section 2: Enhancing Mobile Photography and Videography Experiences with AI
  • Section 3: AI and Big Data Power Personalized, Contextual Experience
  • Section 4: Conclusion
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US Smartphone Trends 2019-2021 Report: The Stats on Specs

US Smartphone Trends 2019-2021 Report: The Stats on Specs

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Published date: April 2021

In this note, we look at the evolution of smartphone specs from 2019 to 2020, providing data and commentary on key trends and what to expect for 2021.

  • Overall shipments by key brands
  • Display sizes
  • Main camera MP
  • Selfie MP
  • NAND flash and RAM capacity
  • Battery sizes
  • Chipset vendors
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White Paper: Global NB-IoT Ecosystem: Trends, Adoption and Outlook

Global NB-IoT Ecosystem: Trends, Adoption and Outlook

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Published date: March 2021

Wireless IoT (internet of things), specifically LPWA (low-power wide-area) technology, continues to drive digital transformation and enhance real-world experiences, addressing consumer comfort and convenience while leading to energy and operating efficiency improvements across a host of industry segments.

NB-IoT (Narrow-Band IoT) is staking its claim as the LPWA technology of choice, with certain characteristics making it preferable to other technologies.

“Counterpoint Research expects there to be over 1.2 billion NB-IoT connections globally by 2025. This will account for just over a third of total cellular IoT connections, up from 10% in 2020.”

  • Widespread mobile operator support. There are currently 106 live NB-IoT networks globally, and with over 100 mobile operators planning to shut down 2G and 3G networks over the next few years, 2G M2M migration will be a major catalyst in driving NB-IoT uptake. Looking further ahead, NB-IoT is a key part of 5G specifications in upcoming 3GPP releases, making it a future-proof investment.
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  • Strong industry support. NB-IoT has a thriving ecosystem of major chipset vendors, hardware manufacturers and equipment providers. Hundreds of companies are increasingly active across all aspects of the NB-IoT value chain – from components and devices through to platforms and analytics.
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  • More use cases. NB-IoT technology is proving its value in a growing number of sectors, from Smart City and Consumer applications, through to Industry and Agriculture. And with improvements added by 3GPP Release 14, NB-IoT is increasingly supporting mobile applications.
  1. LPWA IoT: Key Drivers for Uptake
  2. NB-IoT Comparison with Other LPWA Technologies
  3. Key Drivers for Adoption
  4. Myths and Misconceptions
  5. Ecosystem Momentum
  6. Applications and Use Cases
  7. Market Outlook
  8. Conclusions and Recommendations

Component Players
Module Players
IoT Devices and Gateway Players
Channel Players
Connectivity Players
System Integrators
Software and Platform Ecosystem

NB-IoT represents a significant opportunity for mobile operators to create new revenue streams beyond the exceedingly competitive consumer segment. By moving further up the value chain beyond connectivity into areas such as IoT software/platforms and analytics, operators stand to capture a larger share of the IoT market and diversify across more industries

Jan also did an interview with Huawei where he spoke about NB-IoT and why it is the leading tech when it comes to both Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) applications as well as 5G massive machine-type communications (mMTC). He also speaks about the key drivers behind the adoption. Watch the interview now:

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The Component Crunch – What the Smartphone Sector Needs to Know

The Component Crunch – What the Smartphone Sector Needs to Know

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Published date: October 19th 2021March

Component shortages are causing havoc across many industries and there is little respite in sight, at least through the short term.

We look at specific impacts to the smartphone sector, focusing on how the sector has been affected to now, which components are in severe shortage, price trends and short-term supply risks.

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