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LTE Infrastructure Spending to Soar in Next Four YearsApril 08, 2011Mass deployment of long term evolution (LTE) wireless infrastructure is beginning in 2011 as many carriers in the United States and Europe seek to migrate their networks to 4G over the next three years. During this time, spending on LTE infrastructure gear will expand to $27.9 billion globally, up from just $1.5 billion in 2010, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Initially, LTE infrastructure spending will occur in North America, which accounted for $90 million out of $97 million in global LTE spending in 2009 and nearly half of worldwide spending in 2010.
Chinese Microcontroller Market to Expand by Two Thirds by 2015March 30, 2011Owing to a strong industrial sector and rising sales of consumer electronics devices, China’s microcontroller (MCU) market is expected to reach $4.7 billion in revenue by 2015, up more than two-thirds from $2.8 billion in 2010, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
“Government plans designed to stimulate growth in the electronics business helped the China MCU market post robust growth last year, up 40 percent from $1.9 billion in 2009,” said Alex Liu, analyst for China electronics research at IHS.
IHS iSuppli Newsflash: AT&T Continues 4G Spectrum Grab with T-Mobile BuyMarch 22, 2011With its purchase of T-Mobile USA, AT&T Inc. appears to be continuing to use acquisitions to gain control of more of the limited supply of wireless spectrum required to compete in the market for 4G services. AT&T announced it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a deal worth $39 billion.
The deal represents the second acquisition that AT&T has undertaken recently that will give it additional 4G spectrum. AT&T in December 2010 expanded its long-term evolution (LTE) downlink bandwidth by acquiring Qualcomm Inc.’s defunct MediaFlo mobile TV service.
China’s Wireless Carriers Double Capital Spending on 4G in 2011March 03, 2011China’s investment in the next-generation 4G wireless technology known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) is set to double in 2011 as the country’s major telecom carriers move to upgrade services, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Although capital expenditures in China for LTE now are at miniscule levels, spending by the carriers will rise rapidly during the years to come. Capital spending for LTE in 2011 is projected to reach $100 million this year, double the $50 million of 2010. It then will triple in size to $300 million in 2012, jump to $600 million in 2013 and then hit $1.3 billion by 2014, as shown in the attached figure.
Wireless Local Area Network Chipset Market to Double in 2011 Courtesy of Wi-FiFebruary 17, 2011With Wi-Fi functionality becoming a standard feature in a host of electronic devices spanning televisions, cameras and car entertainment systems, shipments of wireless local area network (WLAN) chipsets will double in 2011, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Shipments of WLAN chipsets, mainly Wi-Fi compatible devices, are projected to reach 738.9 million units this year, up a resounding 101.5 percent from 366.8 million units in 2010. Shipment of the chipsets will rise to exceed 1 billion units in shipments next year and then hit more than 2 billion units by 2014
Nokia/Microsoft Alliance Carries Downside for Cell Phone GiantFebruary 14, 2011Nokia Corp.’s agreement with Microsoft Corp. to make Windows Phone 7 its principal operating system is likely to have a negative near-term impact on the mobile handset leader’s smart phone shipments. With the announcement of the deal, Nokia is eliminating any incentive for consumers and developers to buy into its existing smart phone products, which are based on its Symbian and MeeGo operating systems.
LTE to Overcome WiMAX and Dominate 4G ShipmentsFebruary 08, 2011Driven by widespread mobile network operator (MNO) adoption, the next-generation wireless technology known as long-term evolution (LTE) by 2014 will have more than nine times as many subscribers as its main rival in the 4G market, Wireless interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX), according to new IHS iSuppli research.
Worldwide LTE subscribers will rise rapidly during the next two years, and in 2012 will surpass those of WiMAX, the current leading 4G air standard. In 2014, LTE subscribers will reach 303.1 million, compared to 33.4 million for WiMAX.
Addition of Verizon Could Boost iPhone Shipments in 2011January 11, 2011If Verizon Wireless announces today that it will offer the iPhone to its subscribers, as expected, the development will sound the starting gun for worldwide shipments of the code division multiple access (CDMA) version of Apple Inc.’s smart phone, helping boost sales of the device by about 25 percent this year, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
IHS iSuppli forecasts Apple will ship 12.1 million CDMA iPhones through Verizon and other global CDMA wireless carriers in 2011. This will increase global iPhone shipments to 61.2 million units for the year, up 24.5 percent from the 49.1 million high-speed downlink packet access (HSPDA) and high-speed uplink packet access (HSUPA) phones offered by AT&T in the United States and other carriers worldwide.
China’s Power MOSFET Grows in 2010 but Will Slow Down Next YearJanuary 10, 2011Amid a more than 50 percent boom in sales and constrained production in 2010, China is facing allocation and lead time extensions for certain power metal–oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) from major suppliers such as Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics and Fairchild Semiconductor, according to new IHS iSuppli research.
The power MOSFET market in China will expand to $2.4 billion in 2010, up 53 percent from $1.6 billion in 2009.
China’s RFID Market Set to Double by 2014January 06, 2011After years of development, China’s radio-frequency identification (RFID) semiconductor market has entered a phase of prodigious size and growth, with revenue set to more than double from 2009 to 2014, according to the China market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
China’s RFID market is estimated to have grown to $1.4 billion in 2010, up 22 percent from $1.1 billion in 2009. By 2014, the RFID market will reach $2.4 billion—more than double the total from 2009
Atheros Acquisition Enables Qualcomm to Compete with Broadcom in Connected Home MarketJanuary 05, 2011Qualcomm Inc.’s planned acquisition of Atheros Communications Inc. will position the combined companies to take on rival Broadcom Corp. in the burgeoning consumer electronics market for wireless connectivity semiconductors, according to iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
Wireless semiconductor giant Qualcomm today confirmed it will buy Atheros in a deal estimated to be worth about $3.1 billion. Qualcomm is the world’s largest supplier of semiconductors for wireless products, accounting for an estimated 22.4 percent of global wireless semiconductor market revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010. Atheros ranks 12th in the market with an estimated share of 2.2 percent, as presented in the attached table.
Market for Mobile Communications Gear Nears Quarter-Trillion-Dollar MarkDecember 22, 2010Propelled by the unstoppable cell phone market, worldwide factory equipment revenue generated by the mobile communications industry will near the quarter-trillion-dollar mark by the end of 2010, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
Global mobile communications factory equipment revenue this year will reach $235.5 billion, up 7.9 percent from $218.2 billion in 2009, driven by the energetic expansion of mobile broadband in all parts of the world as well as by major increases in sales of 3G cell phones. Growth next year will be even more spectacular, iSuppli data show, when revenue surpasses the quarter-trillion-dollar level and hits $271.3 billion.
Christmas Demand Boosts China ExportsDecember 21, 2010After several months of decreases, demand related to the holiday season provided a significant boost to China’s exports of electronic products in September, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
Cell phone exports in September reached 63.6 million units, up 4.5 percent from August and up by double-digit percentages from the same month in 2008 and 2009.
Cell Phone Mobile Payment Market Set for Take OffDecember 20, 2010Ignited by support from key wireless players Nokia Corp. and Google Inc., global usage of near field communication (NFC) technology in cell phones is expected to begin an explosive growth phase starting next year, paving the way for a boom in the mobile payments business, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
Worldwide shipments of cell phones with built-in NFC capability will rise to 220.1 million units in 2014, up by a factor of four from 52.6 million in 2010, as presented in the attached figure. In 2014, 13 percent of cell phones shipped will integrate NFC, up from 4.1 percent in 2010.
China Gray-Market Cell Phone Shipments Slow in 2011December 16, 2010Stymied by a government crackdown, China’s gray-market cell phone shipments are expected to expand in 2011 at a considerably slower pace compared to this year, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
China’s gray-market cell phone shipments will amount to 255 million units in 2011, up 11.8 percent from 228 million in 2010. This compares to a rise of 43.6 percent in 2009.
Gray-market handsets are cell phones manufactured in China that are not recognized or licensed by government regulators.
Tablets Become Epicenter for ConvergenceDecember 14, 2010After decades of discussion, the convergence of consumer, computer and communications is finally becoming a reality with the arrival of Apple Inc.’s iPad and competing tablets, a development that will have massive implications for the technology world, spurring competition not only among varying types of products—but among entire industries, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
“The definition of convergence has changed over time, with the latest version describing it as voice, video and data services being delivered to the home vis-à-vis broadband networks and the new services that would result from this confluence,” said William Kidd, director and principal analyst, financial services for iSuppli.
Rise of the Machine-to-Machine: Wireless M2M Connection Market BoomsNovember 02, 2010Global revenue from sales of Wireless Wide Area Networking (WWAN) modules for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) systems are set to rise nearly sevenfold from 2010 to 2014, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
WWAN M2M modules are devices that allow pieces of equipment to communicate with one another wirelessly. Using technologies such as GRPS, EDGE, CDMA 2000 and UMTS/HSPA, M2M WWAN systems employ mobile cellular networks to transmit data and information.
The WWAN M2M module market will generate total revenue of $1.0 billion in 2010, up a robust 26.4 percent from $813 million in 2009. By the end of 2014, revenue will hit $6.5 billion.
Back-to-School Season Fails to Boost China’s PC Export MarketOctober 26, 2010The back-to-school season has come and gone, and for PC OEMs in China’s export market, it was as if the playground bully took their lunch money, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
China’s desktop PC exports in July fell 12.2 percent, with 2.6 million units shipped, down from 3.0 million in June and virtually unchanged from May. Not surprisingly, revenue from desktop PC exports in July also declined to $1.35 billion, down from $1.49 billion in June.
“China’s OEMs were overoptimistic regarding back-to-school PC demand,” said Kevin Wang, director of China Research at iSuppli.
Sony Ericsson Shifts Focus to High-End Cell PhonesOctober 21, 2010Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB in the second quarter saw its smart phone shipments soar even as its overall cell phone shipment ranking declined, reflecting the company’s strategic shift away from lower-margin, higher-volume products and toward more profitable devices, according to iSuppli Corp.
The company’s overall cell phone shipment ranking fell to sixth place in the second quarter, down from fourth in the first quarter. This marked the first time in at least three years that Sony Ericsson didn’t rank among the Top 5 global cell phone brands. While shipments rose 4.8 percent compared to the first quarter, close rivals Research in Motion and ZTE surpassed Sony Ericsson because their growth rates were larger.
Nokia N8 Smart Phone Matches iPhone 4 Costs, iSuppli Teardown RevealsOctober 13, 2010Despite major differences in features and component selection, Nokia’s new N8 smart phone carries a Bill of Materials (BOM) cost nearly identical to that of the iPhone 4, according to a preliminary teardown analysis conducted by iSuppli Corp.
The N8’s BOM amounts to $187.47, according to a preliminary estimate from iSuppli. The 16Gbyte version of the iPhone 4’s BOM came in at $187.51, based on pricing from iSuppli’s teardown in June, although Apple’s component prices have eroded since that time.
“The N8’S BOM shows Nokia is targeting the product squarely at the touch-screen smart phone segment now dominated by the iPhone,” said Andrew Rassweiler, director, principal analyst and teardown services manager, for iSuppli. “Although the two phones differ markedly in key areas, including the camera and the core silicon, both are designed to hit similar production cost budgets.”