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2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona - Cellular IoT industry facing many opportunities and challengesMarch 10, 2019At MWC Barcelona in late February, in addition to the highly covered 5G standard, the NB-IoT and the Cellular Vehicle-to-Vehicle (C-V2X) standards also demonstrated significant progress in the cellular IoT space. This article includes news summary at MWC and IHS Markit analysis that are related to the NB-IoT and the C-V2X technologies.
Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – to SEP or not to SEP?August 14, 2017On January 20, 2017 Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm at the Southern District Court of California. In the lawsuit, Apple accused Qualcomm of breach of contract, violation of unfair competition laws and requested judgement on royalty rate it must pay for Qualcomm’s standard essential patents. (SEPs) Since Apple’s initial legal lawsuit, both companies filed additional lawsuits in different jurisdictions and the dispute grew into a full scale patent licensing war. This article provides summary and analysis of the licensing dispute between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.Subscribers Only
Room air-conditioners will lead growth in China smart connected home appliance marketOctober 26, 2015China's domestic smart home appliance market will enjoy a higher unit growth ratio due to small unit base in the next five years. IHS forecasts that domestic smart room air-conditioner market will grow to 40.1 million units in 2020, from 3.8 million units in 2015
China’s White-Goods Market Declined During the Chinese New YearMarch 18, 2015Already this year China’s domestic white-goods market has suffered from flat unit growth in January and a decline in February. Shipments of room air-conditioners grew by just 4 percent in January, but shrank ...Subscribers Only
Consumer Electronics Market Tumbles in China as Major Device Shipments Slide in 2013March 10, 2014China’s consumer electronics market declined in 2013 as demand for products like televisions and digital still cameras decelerated, compelling the country’s manufacturers to devise new...
Half of China’s Wireless Capital Spending Dedicated to LTE in 2014$11.9 billion in spending will usher in a new peak for Chinese equipment costsAugust 02, 2013
The next round of wireless infrastructure investment in China will peak in 2014 when Chinese wireless operators spend $6.3 billion of their capital expenditure budgets on Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipment. Chinese mobile carrier capital expenditures on mobile equipment last crested at $13.3 billion in 2009 as three 3G networks deployed on a large scale. This new peak in spending won’t match that level, given the $11.9 billion projected to be spent on wireless infrastructure equipment in 2014.
Cellphone Gray Market Goes Legit, As Sales Continue to DeclineJuly 24, 2013The gray market for cellphones will contract for the second consecutive year in 2013, with worldwide shipments dropping by 12 percent as both makers and buyers of these handsets turn...
Global Cellphone Gray Market Continues to DeclineShipments set to drop by double-digit percentage this year, following decrease in 2012July 18, 2013
The gray market for cellphones will contract for the second consecutive year in 2013, with worldwide shipments dropping by 12 percent. Shipments reached their peak in 2011 with a total of 250.4 million gray-market cellphones. But beginning last year, the market began to shrink, dropping to 221.5 million units. The deceleration will continue this year to 194.6 million units, followed by another steep fall to 173.8 million units in 2014. The decline will continue at least through 2017, when shipments will dwindle to 133.9 million units.
Win or Lose: China CE Market Proffers Split ResultsSet-top box market heads winning sector; digital still camera leads among declining sectorsJuly 18, 2013
The consumer electronics market in China presented a mixed picture in the first quarter as vigorously growing segments were countered by increasingly frail markets. Among the gainers during the period were set-top boxes (STB), white-goods appliances and liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TV). Meanwhile, sectors that suffered declines included DVD and Blu-ray players; MP3 and portable media players; and digital still cameras.
China MCU Market Set for Recovery after Difficult 2012Focus on energy efficiency and growth in many applications will power expansion this year and beyondJune 21, 2013
After shrinking in 2012, China’s microcontroller (MCU) market is poised to recover this year as energy efficiency and device upgrades drive greater demand for the chips in embedded and automated applications. Revenue this year for the China MCU space is projected to reach $3.1 billion, up 7.7 percent from $2.9 billion in 2012. The market contracted 2.6 percent last year, but the 2013 expansion marks the start of at least a five-year cycle of continuing growth, with revenue expected to hit $4.5 billion by 2017.
China Telecom Carriers Enjoy Healthy Bump in RevenueImportant goals for the future include commercializing LTE and wider broadband coverageMay 17, 2013
China’s three state-controlled telecommunications operators netted combined revenue last year of $172.9 billion, with the commercialization of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and the wider deployment of broadband identified by the carriers as among their most important goals in future network upgrades. The collective revenue in 2012 for China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom marked a 10.3 percent increase from a revenue level of $156.8 billion in 2011, which was also up a similar 10.0 percent from $142.5 billion in 2010.
China Power MOSFET Market to Revive After Dismal 2012Domestic and export demand to come back; focus on energy and power efficiency reinforcedApril 19, 2013
Signaling an improvement for the Chinese and other key global economies, shipments of power MOSFETs, which are widely used in a broad range of electronic products and systems, are set to rebound this year in China after a sharp downturn in 2011, led by green energy and power-saving initiatives along with a recovery in exports. Revenue for the China power MOSFET industry is forecast to hit $2.25 billion this year, up 3 percent from $2.18 billion in 2012. The market fell 8 percent last year from $2.37 billion in 2011.
New Standards Clear Path for Development of China’s Smart Meter MarketWill cross the 100 million-unit shipment mark this yearApril 18, 2013
A series of new technical standards designed to enhance smart meter quality management and control are set to deploy in August, helping China’s smart meter market to expand by 9 percent and break the 100 million-unit shipment threshold for the first time ever this year. Overall production in 2012 of electricity meters in China reached 110.6 million units. Of this total, 98.5 million units were smart meters. This year, China’s electric meter production is set to grow to 118.4 million units, 107.7 million of which will be smart meters. In the following years smart meters will continue to grow in China, averaging a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.5 percent.
Consumer Electronics Market in for Rollercoaster Ride due to Government SubsidiesHot first half to give way to cooling down as incentives expireMarch 18, 2013
The implementation and then expiration of a government subsidy program will spur a rollercoaster year for China’s consumer electronics industry, with strong growth expected for key products in the first half, followed by a major slowdown during the last six months of 2013, according to the IHS iSuppli China Research service from information and analytics provider IHS.
Unit shipment growth will have a red-hot first quarter as the liquid crystal display television (LCD TV) segment and air conditioner markets increase 11.7 percent and 43.5 percent, respectively. The second quarter will deliver the best growth overall for consumer goods as LCD TVs rise by 14.1 percent, air conditioners by 11.3 percent, refrigerators by 16.2 percent and washing machines by 10.9 percent. However, beginning in the third quarter, growth for all these products will decelerate into the single digits, with only a modest uptick in certain markets taking place in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Smartphones Drive China’s MEMS MarketRevenue to reach $2.3 billion this year with growth continuing through 2016March 05, 2013
Defying macroeconomic challenges impacting the global semiconductor space last year, China’s microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) market grew 19 percent in 2012 to reach $1.9 billion, as consumers snapped up mobile devices equipped with MEMS, particularly smartphones and media tablets.
MEMS purchasing in China will continue to grow this year to $2.3 billion this year on its way to $3.0 billion by 2016, equivalent to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.4 percent, according to a new IHS iSuppli China Research report from information and analytics provider IHS.
China Mobile Jumps Ahead of Domestic Rivals in 4G DeploymentFebruary 20, 2013China Mobile’s efforts to develop local 4G wireless infrastructure in advance of its two domestic rivals are likely to pay off, with the operator expected to account for the majority of the country’s subscribers through 2017, according to an IHS iSuppli China Research Topical Report from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
The number of China Mobile 4G subscribers is forecast to reach 228.8 million in 2017, representing 52 percent of China’s 439.9 million total 4G users. In comparison, 4G users from China Unicom and China Telecom—the country’s two other major telecommunications operators—will number 114.4 million and 96.8 million, respectively.
“While 4G will become the dominant wireless standard this year in areas like North America and Europe, the next-generation wireless standard is only starting to make its way in China, with China Mobile spearheading the effort,” said Hailin Zhao, analyst for China research at IHS. “The 4G technology will make its first widespread deployment this year, with a total of 1.0 million subscribers—all claimed by China Mobile. With its aggressive moves to establish 4G trials and deploy base stations, China Mobile has set the stage for dominance of the 4G market over the next four years.”
China Mobile Jumps Ahead of Domestic Rivals to Develop 4G on Home Ground4G subscribers will number in the hundreds of millions by 2017February 19, 2013
An ongoing effort by China Mobile to develop local 4G wireless infrastructure ahead of its two other rivals is likely to pay off down the road, with the operator’s own subscribers projected to account for more than half of total 4G users in that vast East Asian country by 2017, according to an IHS iSuppli China Research topical report from information and analytics provider IHS.
The number of China Mobile 4G subscribers is forecast to reach 228.8 million in four years’ time, or 52 percent of China’s 439.9 million 4G users by 2017. In comparison, 4G users from China Unicom and China Telecom—the country’s two other major telecommunications operators—will number 114.4 million and 96.8 million, respectively.
China IC Design Firms to Keep Growing Amid Lively Local FrontMost domestic fabless design firms, however, stay stuck at $15 million and are unable to get biggerFebruary 06, 2013
A dynamic domestic market in China will help spur the country’s local integrated-circuit (IC) design industry to double-digit growth this year, but challenges remain for the mostly small firms still hoping to break into the big leagues, according to an IHS iSuppli China Electronics Supply Chain market tracker report from information and analytics provider IHS.
Revenue in 2013 for the Chinese lC design industry is forecast to reach $8.2 billion, up 16 percent from $7.1 billion last year. Double-digit growth will continue for the next few years like it has until now, with total Chinese fabless revenue by 2016 expected to hit $12.4 billion.
Led by Smartphones, China’s Electronics Market Set for Stronger Year in 2013Urbanization and infrastructure investment lead to increased domestic demandFebruary 06, 2013
Amid a rise in economic growth and the implementation of government policies designed to stimulate demand, China’s electronics market is expected to enjoy a strong year in 2013, led by continued growth in shipments of smartphones, according to the IHS iSuppli China Electronics Supply Chain service at information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
IHS iSuppli forecasts that China’s domestic smartphone market will grow to 268 million units in 2013, up 44 percent from 186 million in 2012. While this is down from the stunning 182 percent growth in 2012, smartphones remain the most dynamic segment for domestic electronics demand growth in China.
Chinese smartphone OEMs will continue to dominate the domestic smartphone market in 2013, with a more than 65 percent share of the market.
China PC Industry Suffers Slight Setback in 2012Growth, while positive, decelerates from the rapid expansion of years pastJanuary 07, 2013
The PC market in China slowed down somewhat in 2012 after years of notable double-digit growth, hurt by sluggish domestic sales and diminished consumer confidence both resulting from a soft global economy, according to an IHS iSuppli China Research topical report from information and analytics provider IHS.
Total PC shipments for domestic use in China reached 79.9 million units last year, including 40.5 million desktops and 39.4 million notebook or netbook computers. Growth equated to 8.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent in 2011 when shipments amounted to 73.9 million units. Aside from 2011, the China PC market had enjoyed a remarkable run of double-digit-rate expansion from 2008 to 2010, at one point attaining a 34.3 percent increase.