Insights from MWC 2019

Complete MWC 2019 Analysis

MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress) is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies. IHS Markit analysts were at the show this year, and we’ve captured some of their key highlights and insights.
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Insights and Press Releases

2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona - Cellular IoT industry facing many opportunities and challenges
Christian Kim

At MWC Barcelona in late February, in addition to the highly covered 5G standard, the NB-IoT and Cellular Vehicle-to-Vehicle (C-V2X) standards also demonstrated significant progress in the cellular IoT space…


Mobile World Congress 2019: Foldable Form Factors Steal the Show
Wayne Lam

MWC is where companies go to showcase brand new 5G smartphone designs, and this year’s MWC2019 conference did not disappoint. Given the stagnant growth of the mobile devices market, the foldable design could not have arrived at a better time to reinvigorate the sagging smartphone market…


HMD/Nokia is keeping the focus on the emerging markets
Anna Ahrens

HMD/Nokia’s announcement at MWC ‘19 clearly defines the strategic focus of the company for the coming year, which is the expansion of its presence in the emerging markets, building on its existing brand image and cooperation with Google. To serve that price-driven volume market, HMD/Nokia introduced four new models…

IHS Markit White Paper: 5G Smartphones Primed and Ready
Wayne Lam

“Substance behind the Hype: 5G Smartphones Primed and Ready for Fast Rollout,” explores how the global 5G transition is poised to take place at a faster pace than for any previous wireless generation transition…


IHS Markit Report: Tencent and NetEase Non-China Mobile Games Revenue Increased 500 Percent in 2018
Piers Harding-Rolls

According to the mobile games market report, “Mobile Games 2018: Disruption, Battle Royale and Hyper Casual,” which is based on a recent analysis of appScatter Group title data, combined mobile games net revenue outside of China for Tencent and NetEase increased 500 percent in 2018 to $472 million…


New IHS Markit White Paper Offers Strategies to Improve the Home Broadband Experience
Elias Aravantinos

Broadband is already a commodity, and these days it is often considered an essential utility, like water and electricity. As such, it has also become a necessity in most households. The “Home Broadband Experience Index” provides insight on how service providers can improve customer satisfaction by maximizing the broadband experience…

Samsung Marks 10th Year of Galaxy S With Three New Designs and a 5G Model
Wayne Lam 

Samsung recently unveiled the 10th anniversary Galaxy S flagship smartphone models. The Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e represent a new design language moving into the next decade of smartphone designs, which undoubtedly will include 5G and foldable phones…


Global wireless power receiver and transmitter shipments to exceed 7.5 billion units in 2027
Dinesh Kithany 

The global annual unit shipment of wireless power receivers and transmitters, across all applications, sectors and product segments, is forecast to grow from 450 million units in 2017 to more than 2.2 billion units in 2023 – rising to 7.5 billion units in 2027…


Global smartphone market ends 2018 on downturn
Gerrit Schneemann, Jusy Hong, Wayne Lam

Global smartphone shipments recorded a negative year-over-year growth rate in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018, for a third consecutive quarter. According to IHS Markit preliminary smartphone data, global smartphone shipments reached 365.2 million units in Q4 2018, which is a 5.7 percent y/y decline…

IHS Markit Analyst Availability for Media Requests at MWC19

IHS Markit analysts will be available for commentary ahead of and onsite at MWC19 (formerly Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, Spain, from February 25 to 28, 2019…


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