Beyond COVID-19 outbreak and US-China trade war, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 pursue their growth

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“Consumer appetite for data has not been reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic” asserts Cédric Malaquin, Technology & Market Analyst, specialized in RF devices & technologies within the Power & Wireless division at Yole Développement (Yole). “In fact, it’s the opposite. People realized the importance of being connected during lockdown. Most of the data traffic increase has been handled by fixed networks, but mobile networks also have been affected. Many service providers had to adapt to the situation…”.

The early 5G implementation started end 2019. The technology has a strong potential for RF front-end market growth and is very attractive to many companies across the world. In parallel, sizing market opportunities and highlighting technology trends appeared to be useful for the semiconductor industry. The RF front-end and the connectivity markets involve a substantial amount of technology platforms competing with each over, many of which having a strong market disruption potential.

In this context, Yole and System Plus Consulting investigates disruptive RF technologies and related markets in depth. Both companies point out the latest innovations and underline the business opportunities. Released today, the 5G’s Impact on RF Front-End and Connectivity for Cellphones report, performed by Yole’s analysts gives detailed analysis of each technology’s strengths and weaknesses and delivers an ecosystem snapshot. Including market trends and forecasts, market shares, ecosystem and US/China trade war analysis, this study also points out COVID-19’s impact on the RF front-end and connectivity business.

This technology & market report is linked to System Plus Consulting comparative analysis, RF Front-End Module Comparison 2020 – Volume 2, published in Q2 2020. In this report, the reverse engineering & consulting company proposes a technical and cost overview of Huawei’s Mate and P series Radio Frequency Front-End Module technologies from 2015 to 2019. This new report highlights the technical choices made by the leading Chinese OEM over the years.

“A drop in the number, area and cost of American components is revealed in latest Mate series,” explains Stéphane Elisabeth, Technology & Cost Analyst at System Plus Consulting. “In addition, we underline Huawei’s ability to still produce a highly competitive smartphone with 5G Sub-6GHz technology despite the political situation…”.

What are the economic and technological challenges of the RF front-end industry? What are the key drivers? Who are the suppliers to watch, and what innovative technologies are they working on? What is Huawei’s strategy in this highly competitive context, in front of the US-based companies? Yole and System Plus Consulting reveal the latest technical and market trends… More info.

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