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Market Trends: Cellular Baseband Chip Vendors Focus on NB-IoT and eMTC Development for the IoT Market

Published: 27 June 2017

ID: G00295443

Analyst(s): Roger Sheng


NB-IoT and eMTC will be a successor technology promoted by mobile CSPs as a replacement for legacy cellular communications service to support connectivity for various IoT endpoints. Technology strategic planners should prepare go-to-market strategies for the coming competition.

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Market Trend

  • NB-IoT Will Support Cellular Baseband Chip Suppliers to Expand Footprint in Raising IoT Applications
  • Cellular Module Vendors Will Be the Key Players in Cellular for the IoT Ecosystem
  • The China Market Will Lead the Development of NB-IoT, Subsidized by Local CSPs
  • Multimode Solutions Will Be Essential for Compatibility Requirements

Contrarian View

  • If the Hardware Cost Can't Be Reduced Quickly and the Service Charge Is Too High, NB-IoT and eMTC Adoption Will Not Get Quick Growth

Vendors to Watch

  • Qualcomm
  • HiSilicon Technologies
  • Other Cellular Chip Vendors

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