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Articles by ABI Research

Femtocell bounce in 2H 2012 suggests market could be turning a corner

While the femtocell market struggled in the first half of 2012, the market has bounced back in the second half of the year. ABI Research’s latest femtocell forecast update suggests that 2012 ended up with shipments reaching slightly above 2 million units. The shipments in the second half more than doubled from the first half, making up for some of the lost momentum.


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An estimated 103 M 4G LTE mobile devices shipped in 2012

Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones have provided LTE-enabled handset shipments a substantial lift in 2012 – even if it has not necessarily assisted the 4G mobile operators with “each and every” LTE handset sold.


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Ultra-low power wireless connectivity IC market to grow to over $2 B by 2016

ABI Research expects the ultra-low power wireless connectivity IC market to grow to over $2 billion annual revenues by 2016. This will be shared by a number of technologies with Bluetooth Smart and 802.15.4 being the two main markets.


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Small cells expected to carve a niche in public venues, worth $3.1 B by 2018

Public venue small cells are an emerging class of small cell equipment, which are expected to grow at a CAGR of 67 percent to $3.1 billion in 2018. The public venue small cell category is a subset of the existing enterprise small cell segment, and will represent 50 percent of the segment by 2018.


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Total cumulative Wi-Fi enabled device shipments reached 5 B in 2012, set to double by 2015

In 2012 a major milestone has been reached for the Wi-Fi market: over 5 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices have been shipped in the technologies lifetime. Recent explosive growth has been largely driven by the smartphone and laptop markets but future success will be dependent on Wi-Fi penetration into newer markets such as connected home and automotive devices.


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Despite downturn, PA sales for wireless infrastructure should top $2.4 B

Although 2012 turned out to be an off year for RF power amplifiers and devices for wireless infrastructure the market still held its own. The current year should be viewed as a breathing space before both segments resume stable and moderate growth after an explosive 2011.


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Sports and wellness drive mHealth device shipments past 30 M in 2012

A slew of new devices leveraging improved connectivity to mobile handsets have fueled strong growth for wearable wireless mHealth devices in 2012. By the end of the year, nearly 30 million devices will have shipped, up 37 percent on 2011 shipments.


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GPS/GNSS IC market on course to break $2 B in 2012

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The GNSS IC market is showing steady revenue growth in 2012, with the industry now setting its sights on the next major milestone: $3 Billion.


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Cellular penetration in Africa expected to surpass 80% in 1Q-2013

The African cellular market is very much pulling in the subscribers. In 3Q-2012, the 54 countries and 1.08 billion people have accumulated 821 million subscriptions, up 16.9% year-on-year, resulting in a cellular subscription penetration of 76.4%. In the first quarter of 2013, cellular penetration will eclipse 80%. Given the fact that a significant percentage of prepaid users maintain more than one active prepaid subscription to minimize interconnection charges, there is still subscriber growth to be had.


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Samsung Galaxy Appeal indicates shift from GaAS to CMOS PAs

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The Samsung Galaxy Appeal is one of the first mass produced phones to ship with a high performance 3G CMOS power amplifier (PA).  Despite an historical presence from CMOSin the 2G handset market concerns over performance have severely limited its progress in the 3G domain.


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