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Articles by ABI Research

Mobile CAPEX to grow 9% in 2012

April 13, 2012

Global capital expenditure weakened in 4Q2011 for many mobile operators as they trimmed their budgets for the remainder of 2011. However confidence is returning in the first half of 2012 as operators start to switch over from LTE trial to commercial service in a number of markets. “Mobile capital expenditure is forecasted to grow 9% to US$111.1 billion in 2012, supported by renewed investment in radio access network (RAN) infrastructure and in-building wireless access,” says Jake Saunders, vice president of forecasting.


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Huawei climbs to number two spot in wireless equipment

April 3, 2012

Wireless equipment vendors performed well in the fourth quarter of 2011. While finishing strong in the last quarter of every calendar year is typical for vendors in this market, Huawei exceeded expectations and overcame Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to grab second place in the market. As usual, Ericsson was the market leader, with approximately US$3.5 billion in wireless network equipment sales during 4Q2011.


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Mobile device segment is a shining light in Lackluster semiconductor market

March 30, 2012

Mobile device semiconductors were one of the few bright spots in a chipset market that stalled in 2011. Revenue from chipsets designed for mobile devices increased by more than 20 percent to $35 billion, while the total semiconductor market limped out of 2011 with just 2 percent year-on-year growth.


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Smartphone shipments projected to eclipse all other handset shipments combined

March 30, 2012

Global handset shipments will increase 29 percent from 1.7 billion in 2012 to 2.2 billion in 2016. The key driver of this growth will come from the smartphone segment, which is forecast to become larger than the ultra-low cost, low-cost, and feature phone segments combined by 2016. The total shipments of non-smartphones will grow 1.08 billion in 2012 to 1.09 billion in 2016 while smartphone shipments will grow from 643 million to 1.1 billion over the same period.


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China cellular M2M connection revenue to exceed $2.7B in 2016

February 27, 2012

 The M2M market is largely characterized by cellular module shipments and connections. China’s cellular connection revenue, which constitutes more than one-third of the Asia-Pacific’s (APAC) M2M market, is expected to grow from $642 million in 2011 to $2.76 billion in 2016.


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Indian handset market witnesses growth in 2011

February 2, 2012
The Indian mobile handset market closed 2011 with an annual growth rate of 14.1 percent, achieving a total volume of 182 million handsets.
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3G and 4G handsets will capture more than 50 percent of handset sales

January 27, 2012
"As the festive cheer of the holiday season dies away, the mood among handset vendors remains quietly confident regarding 2012," observes Jake Saunders, Vice President of Forecasting. "The outlook will yield growth in the order of 8%, netting 1.67 billion handsets shipped worldwide by the end of 2012.
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M&A activity shakes up mobile device semiconductor market

January 27, 2012

2011 marked a big year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the mobile device semiconductor market. From Intel's acquisition of Infineon Technologies AG Wireless Solutions to NVIDIA's purchase of Icera, the mobile device semiconductor market has seen a lot of moving and shaking.


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Suppliers Rushing to Launch Smartphone Telematics Applications for Vehicles

ABI Research reports that the number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will increase from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region, according to the latest ABI Research forecasts.
January 21, 2011
Practice director Dominique Bonte comments: “The integration of smartphones and smartphone applications into vehicles represents nothing less than a renaissance of the interest in both consumer and commercial telematics markets. Car OEMs, automotive Tier Ones, telematics service providers and independent system and software developers are rushing to launch smartphone...
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