rssmobility IDC RSS alerts Samsung Goes Foldable and 5G to Celebrate Galaxy's 10th Anniversary <P>At its UnPacked event in San Francisco on February 20, Samsung unveiled its highly-anticipated foldable smartphone, aptly named the Galaxy Fold. Additionally, Samsung celebrated the tenth anniversary of its popular flagship phone by unveiling four different versions coming to market: the traditional Galaxy S10, the compact Galaxy S10e, the larger Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10 5G. </P><P>A multiple device launch at increased price points is a bold approach for Samsung given the slowing smartphone growth worldwide. Most of the features provide incremental improvements on previous Galaxy S smartphones, and the new features keep Samsung in pace with other innovators in the market. However, Samsung still faces an audience that has been holding on to their older smartphones longer than ever before and skeptical of new features. Moreover, the new Galaxy S10 prices could stall sales. Samsung will sell millions of units, but total volumes will struggle to grow year over year. </P> IDC Link Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Ramon T. Llamas, John Jackson, William Stofega, Anthony Scarsella Samsung Unveils Wearables for Fitness and Audio at UnPacked 2019 <P>At its UnPacked 2019 even in San Francisco, Samsung announced three new wearable devices: the Galaxy Watch Active, the Galaxy Fit, and the Galaxy Buds. It's a step away from the multi-purpose Galaxy Watch released late last year, and instead a focus primarily on fitness and activity. Conversely, the Galaxy Buds step away from the fitness tracking that its IconX predecessors did, and instead highlight its audio features for both listening and speaking. </P><P>Altogether, these new wearables put Samsung on par with its competitors and in tune with current user tastes. But unless Samsung puts significant marketing support behind them, it runs the risk of trailing market leaders by a growing margin, and vulnerable to other competitors. </P> IDC Link Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Ramon T. Llamas 5G Spectrum Update in North America <P>The United States, led by the Federal Communications Commission's mobile broadband spectrum policy and its newer Spectrum Frontiers initiative for the millimeter wave (mmWave) mobile communications, is positioning U.S. facilities–based communications providers to capitalize on both 5G fixed wireless access and 5G mobile services in the 2019–2020 timeframe. The FCC has already opened up 12.7GHz of spectrum in the mmWave bands, of which 7GHz is unlicensed, which, when combined with 5G License Assisted Access Unlicensed (LAA-U) and New Radio Unlicensed (NR-U), is set to open up gigabits per second mobile broadband communications to private enterprise networks, campuses, indoor shopping malls, and other public spaces. "As the FCC implements its mmWave auctions in 2019, U.S. operators will be able to develop a complete portfolio of 4G and 5G services composed of new mmWave spectrum and refarmed LTE spectrum in the low band/midband to high bands," says Bill Rojas, telecom research director, IDC Asia/Pacific.</P> Market Perspective Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Bill Rojas, Jason Leigh, Patrick Filkins, Hugh Ujhazy GCC Mobile Phone Shipments Fall to Lowest Level in Six Years Dubai – New figures from International Data Corporation (IDC) show that shipments of mobile phones to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) fell 9.4% year on year in 2018 to total 23.6 million units, the lowest since 2013 and down 30% on the market's peak in 2015 when 33.9 million units were shipped. The global technology research and consulting firm's newly released Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker reveals that 5.8 million mobile phones were shipped to the region in Q4 2018, a decline of 2.2% on the previous quarter. Research Press Release Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT IDC's Worldwide Wearable Device Tracker Taxonomy, 2019 <P>This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview and definitions for wearable devices. The definitions provided in this document represent the scope of IDC's wearable devices hardware research. This taxonomy outlines market segmentations and measurement methodologies for the wearable devices industry, including classification by technology, vendor, geography, and revenue metrics.</P><P>"IDC's worldwide wearable devices taxonomy presents a standardized and detailed framework of the wearable devices market," said Ryan Reith, program vice president for IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "The taxonomy document serves as a guideline to better understand and use IDC's wearable devices research."</P> Taxonomy Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Jitesh Ubrani, Ramon T. Llamas, Ryan Reith, Francisco Almeida, Francisco Jeronimo, Ko Shikita, Stefania Lorenz, Manish Nargas, Jiri Tersel, Paola Soriano, Kenneth Liew Public Safety Trends, 2019 <P>This IDC Presentation examines key trends catalyzing the public safety marketplace for 2019. Content includes data on digital asset management, digital intelligence platforms, cloud services, solutions addressing organizational, and technical siloes. </P> Market Presentation Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Alison Brooks, Ph.D. 2018年第4四半期および2018年通年国内携帯電話/スマートフォン市場実績値を発表 Japan, 2019年2月19日 - IT専門調査会社 IDC Japan 株式会社(所在地:東京都千代田区九段北1-13-5、代表取締役社長:竹内正人、Tel代表:03-3556-4760)は、国内の携帯電話およびスマートフォン端末の2018年第4四半期(10~12月)、および2018年通年(1月~12月)の出荷台数を発表しました。 Tracker Press Release Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Worldwide Telecommunications Capex 2018: Overview of Top 10 Global Service Providers <P>The IDC Market Perspective presents the trends of top 10 service provider group capital expenditure along with the spending trends in their country operations. </P><P>"The capex market share for the top 10 communications service providers continue to increase from little over 43% in 2016 to over 48% in 2018. This growth in market share is the testament to their willingness to offer variety of services through service expansion and service innovation. With IoT and 5G to become critical growth engine, operators have to develop a network strategy that will allow smooth migration from 4G to 5G that leverages returns on their capex investment." — Venkatesh Mahale, assistant research manager, Worldwide Telecommunications Research at IDC</P> Market Perspective Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Courtney Munroe, Venkatesh Mahale, Ragupathy Vellappa Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Looks to Extend Its Enterprise Networking Reach with Unified Communication and Wired and Wireless Solutions <P>Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) held its annual analyst conference named Connex19 from February 3 to 5, where it outlined its achievements from the previous year and laid out the company's future road map. The company has a multifaceted strategy that aligns well with major trends driving technology adoption in its key enterprise networking segments including Ethernet switching, wireless local area networking (WLAN), and accompanying management tools (including cloud-managed networking), in addition to its broader UC&C portfolio. </P> IDC Link Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Brandon Butler, Rohit Mehra IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide Taxonomy, 1H18 <P>This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide methodology and taxonomy. It should be used as a companion piece for IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide data deliverable and all of IDC's worldwide vertical research. Technology suppliers may utilize this approach and structure as well to help them build an industry-focused organization.</P><P>"IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide presents a comprehensive, global, and detailed view of the marketplace," said Jessica Goepfert, program director, IDC's Customer Insights and Analysis group. "It is an invaluable resource to help vendors define and standardize their vocabulary for mobility."</P> Taxonomy Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Eman ElShewy, Jessica Goepfert, Gabriele Roberti, Roberto Membrila, Petr Vojtisek, Akira Muranishi, Jonathan Leung, Yash Ahuja, Phil Hochmuth