Wireless Device Strategies

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January 27, 2014 16:53 khyers

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, Samsung’s global handset shipments grew less quickly than expected during the fourth quarter of 2013. With Apple catching up with new products and markets, and with Chinese vendors trying to expand further into Samsung’s territories, the South Korean giant needs to address increased competition by developing new markets, strategies and more appealing differentiators in 2014.

In this published report, available to clients of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, Strategy Analytics examines Samsung's most recent quarterly results and provides insights into its competitive strategy and direction.


January 3, 2014 18:11 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global LTE mobile phone revenues rose almost +200% annually during Q3 2013. Apple overtook Samsung to become the world's largest 4G handset vendor by revenue. Sony held third place in this high-value cellphone category. Nokia outperformed and represented the highest annual growth rate among major players. This published report, available to clients, provides quarterly global LTE handset shipments, wholesale (transfer) pricing, and revenue metrics for 17 major vendors from Q1 2011 to Q3 2013. The report is a vital tool for monitoring the financial health and tiered marketshare of leading LTE brands such as Nokia, HTC, BlackBerry, Samsung, Apple and others.


November 26, 2013 16:59 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global TD-SCDMA cellphone shipments doubled annually to overtake the sunsetting CDMA market in volume terms for the first time ever during the third quarter of 2013. Huge demand for low-cost TD-SCDMA models in China, from companies like Lenovo and Coolpad, is driving this milestone. More analysis and data can be downloaded by clients here.


September 23, 2013 14:05 nmawston

Global LTE handset wholesale revenues continued to climb several hundred percent in Q2 2013. The 4G segment is the mobile industry's fastest-growing category by far. Samsung was the world’s largest 4G vendor by revenue, overtaking Apple. This published report, available to clients of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, tracks global LTE handset wholesale prices and ASPs by vendor by quarter from Q3 2012 to Q2 2013.


August 15, 2013 16:34 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, LTE-Advanced handset shipments grew swiftly in South Korea during June and July 2013. Samsung, LG, Pantech, Qualcomm, SK Telecom and others are benefitting from the emergence of 4.5G. How will this growth in South Korea impact other LTE-Advanced markets, like the US and Japan, in 2014? More analysis and data can be viewed by clients here.


March 27, 2013 12:35 nmawston

Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) team wrote a report in 2011 predicting Coolpad would be a fast-growing mobile phone microvendor of the future. Fast forward to 2013 and that prediction is on track to coming true. Coolpad, of China, has transitioned from microvendor to a known vendor. Coolpad is now a global top-15 mobile phone player and nearly a top-10 smartphone brand, having surged from almost nowhere two years ago. What is driving the growth? Keen pricing of 3G models, a good Android portfolio for entry users, and a solid retail presence in open channels across China are three main causes of its expansion. However, Coolpad's global growth is coming more in "volume" than "value". Recent financial results indicate profits softened last year. Coolpad will need a hot-selling flagship 3G or 4G phone for international markets (where profits can be larger) if it wants to strengthen profitability this year.


March 27, 2013 12:22 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, global LTE handset sales will surge +194% in 2013. The United States is currently the world's largest 4G market, while South Korea is the most advanced. Apple and Samsung are the "big 2" LTE handset vendors right now, due to their unrivalled brands, attractive products, generous operator subsidies, and extensive distribution. This published report, available to clients, forecasts global LTE handset sales for 88 countries worldwide from 2010 to 2017. Almost every major country worldwide is covered, including United States, China, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and many others. The report can be used by operators, software developers, content developers, handset vendors, component makers, car manufacturers and other stakeholders to determine or prioritize the size and growth rate of the huge 4G phone market.


March 13, 2013 06:48 woh

Total global 3G & 4G phone shipments grew to record levels in 2012. For the first time ever, 3G and 4G technologies accounted for more than half of all mobile phones shipped worldwide. Which brands are the biggest players? What is the outlook for 2013? The full report - 3G / 4G Accounted for Half of All Mobile Phone Shipments in 2012 - available to the clients of our WDS (Wireless Device Strategies) service, will guide you on the global 3G/4G handset shipments from 2000 to 2012 and global 3G/4G handset vendor market share per each 3G/4G technology in 2012.


March 4, 2013 11:05 nmawston

Global mobile phone shipments overall remained flat annually in Q4 2012. However, the quarter witnessed phenomenal +1100% annual growth for LTE handset volumes, led by Apple and Samsung in developed markets. Meanwhile, 3G handset shipments slowed due to the spike in 4G demand. In this published report, available to clients of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, we provide quarterly handset shipments by protocol for the top-30 global vendors, for 9 cellular access technologies, from 2001 to 2012. This hugely detailed report is valuable for handset vendors, component makers, operators, IPR holders and other stakeholders who want to track the size of 2G, 3G and 4G mobile phone markets.


February 14, 2013 15:17 nmawston

According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, total worldwide mobile phone industry revenues grew a healthy +15% annually in Q4 2012. Profits and prices also increased due to a greater proportion of 3G and 4G models in the mix. Samsung and Apple dominate the industry and they are tightening their grip on value share, squeezing out almost all other rivals. This published report, available for download by clients, provides quarterly global handset average selling prices, revenues and profit metrics for multiple major handset vendors, from 2007 through 2012. Revenue share and profit share are also supplied. The report is a valuable tool for operators, component makers, automotive players and financial analysts who want to track the financial health of mobile phone makers.