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5G Will Fail Without Enterprise Applications

As 5G deployments continue, ABI Research forecasts indicate that total 5G mobile subscribers will reach 10 million by the end of 2019 and consumer penetration will increase exponentially in the following years. Indeed, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15 was frozen mid-2018 and, nearly a year later, there are four chipsets in the market (HiSilicon, Mediatek, Qualcomm, and Samsung), while the Global Supplier Association (GSA) reports more than 75 5G devices. At the same time, ABI Research estimates indicate that 150,000 5G base stations will have been deployed as of Q3 2019, most of which in South Korea. On the other hand, in the first year of the 4G standard, there were no devices, no chipsets, and about 400 base stations deployed. The 5G supply chain is well established, while there is increasing demand for mobile broadband in both consumer and enterprise markets.

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Lance Wilson
Lance Wilson
Research Director

Pulsed RF Power Semiconductor Device Markets Will Exceed US$300 Million by 2024

Markets for pulsed RF power devices up to 4 GHz will show continued moderate and steady growth over the next five years and exceed US$300 million by 2024, despite current economic and political turmoil. While their association with consumer spending fuels the volatility of many global electronics markets, pulsed RF power device markets are supported by quite different priorities. Pulsed RF power transmitters generate tremendous amounts of power in small bursts that are useful for radar, airborne collision avoidance systems, and military IFF equipment.

“Ampleon, NXP, and Wolfspeed are among the RF power semiconductor manufacturers on a quest to find markets unrelated to mobile wireless infrastructure,” says Lance Wilson, Research Director. “Device prices in wireless infrastructure are flattening out and more profitable areas are being searched for.” Read more

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Lian Jye Su
Lian Jye Su
Principal Analyst

Industrial Manufacturing Sector Will Have an Installed Base of Over 15 Million AI-Enabled Devices in 2024

In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been touted as a powerful technology that will revolutionize the industrial manufacturing space. The sentiment has its validity, but the reality is extremely complex. AI in industrial manufacturing is a collection of various use cases at different phases of manufacturing, such as generative design in product development, production forecasting in inventory management, and machine vision, defect inspection, production optimization, and predictive maintenance in the production phase. ABI Research, forecasts that the total installed base of AI-enabled devices in industrial manufacturing will reach 15.4 million in 2024, with a CAGR of 64.8% from 2019 to 2024.

“AI in industrial manufacturing is a story of edge implementation,” says Lian Jye Su, Principal Analyst. “Since manufacturers are not comfortable having their data transferred to a public cloud, nearly all industrial AI training and inference workloads happen at the edge, namely on device, gateways and on-premise servers.” Read more

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'Swiss Army Knife' Approach to 5G Won't Succeed

Mobile Europe

According to a new report from ABI Research, “Deploying a single 5G network that can address all requirements and pain points in several industry verticals is a very difficult mission to achieve.”

It adds, “Building a ‘Swiss Army knife’ 5G network capable of accommodating the needs of multiple markets and industries is a big fantasy of MSPs, which is unlikely to materialise mainly because it is based on a ‘build it and they will come’ approach.” To succeed with 5G, operators are urged to be more realistic and take a bespoke approach.

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The Path to Profitability for Uber and Lyft Looks More Like a Dead End

Market Watch

ABI Research, an advisory firm that reports on market-foresight trends, predicts 8 million consumer vehicles with Level 3 to Level 5 autonomy will ship in 2025. Compare this to the 94.5 million vehicles sold in 2017, which equates to 8.5% of sales.

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