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The explosion of mobile data underscores the need for faster, more efficient mobile networks. LTE is peaking, 2G and 3G continue to decline, and 5G is on the horizon. Understanding the future of mobile connectivity, the IoT and smartphones is vital for all operators, media companies, equipment and software vendors, and component suppliers engaged in mobile.

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  • Stéphane Téral | February 01, 2018
    While Brazil and Russia were in recession in 2015 and 2016, IHS Markit found that India’s economy was chugging along, pushing the nation’s real GDP growth rates at 8% and 7.1% for those years, respectively. As a result, India moved into seventh place in 2015 after passing Italy and Brazil and kicking out Russia (which allowed Canada back into the top 10). Last year, IHS Markit expected India’s real GDP to grow 6.5%, which should have moved India into sixth place after passing France. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Heidi Adams | January 18, 2018
    In January 2018, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released its Optoelectronic Devices Industry Technology Roadmap, a five-year plan to improve China’s capabilities in the optoelectronics industry. Although the plan spans a wide range of fundamental technologies in the optical domain, there is a strong focus on optical communications devices, which will have a significant impact on the global optical components industry supporting optical transport and networking. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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  • Julie Ssali | January 17, 2018
    Airtel Africa confirmed that they have entered an agreement with Millicom to acquire Tigo Rwanda, marking their fifth market consolidation move in Africa since 2013. Whilst the details of the acquisition and approval from Rwanda’s Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) have not been finalised, Airtel has spoken about the potential changes that will take place in the Rwandese telecoms market. Airtel Rwanda has experienced some volatility in the Rwandan market as overall subscriptions shrunk by 6% between Q4 2016 – Q3 2017 ,this acquisition will consolidate Airtel Rwanda’s position to become the leading operator in the Rwandese mobile market which now serves 8 million subscribers between three mobile networks with 68% mobile penetration. • As of Q3 2017, market share by subscriptions was split between MTN (44%), Tigo (36%) and Airtel (20%). • Millicom and Bharti Airtel both have existing plans to consolidate their assets across Africa and recently completed a merger of their respective Ghanaian mobile networks in November 2017. • If the acquisition is approved by RURA, Airtel is set to become the largest mobile operator in Rwanda with a forecasted market share of 54-56% of the market once Tigo’s subscribers are absorbed into Airtel’s network.
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  • Gerrit Schneemann | February 16, 2018
    The Mobile Handset Specification Search Tool includes over 250 specification attributes with the ability to filter. The database includes handset specifications from devices released in 1999 to the latest devices in 2016.
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  • Richard Webb | February 06, 2018
    This market tracker provides accurate data and analyses—including market size, vendor market share, forecasts, and market trends—to help clients make better business decisions in the microwave equipment market.
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  • Kevin Wang | February 05, 2018
    This database provides an accurate model of China's handset supply chain, ranging from semiconductor vendors to mobile phone OEMs and carriers, and includes shipment forecasts by technology and by feature with a special focus on 4G and smartphone. A detailed analysis of leading domestic OEMs, ODMs and IDHs is also presented.
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  • Gerrit Schneemann | December 11, 2017
    The day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, known as Black Friday, kicks off the shopping season towards the end of the year, followed by Cyber Monday on the Monday after Black Friday. As a segment, smartphones are not the focus of the promotional events during this weekend. The biggest deals focused on Buy-1-Get-1 and trade in offers for flagship devices like the new iPhones and Galaxy devices.
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  • November 29, 2017
    Semi-annually scheduled briefings with the analysts on research highlights from all aspects of the service provider economics market.
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    Quarterly scheduled briefings with the analysts on research highlights from all aspects of the mobile backhaul and microwave market.
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Analysts View All (10)

  • Icon Senior Director, Mobile & Telecoms
    As senior director and head of the IHS mobile and telecoms team, Ian Fogg directs research, consulting, analysis, and forecasting of the mobile and telecoms market.
  • Icon Director – Research and Analysis, Service Provider Technology
    Mr. Richard Webb, director of research and analysis at IHS Markit for Service Provider Technology, is a visionary thought leader in the telecom industry.
  • Icon Executive Director – Research and Analysis, Mobile Infrastructure & Carrier Economics
    Mr. Stéphane Téral is the executive director of research and analysis and an advisor for Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics at IHS Markit.
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