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Broadcom can be the third largest chipmaker in the world

Samsung and Intel are big chip makers, but Broadcom can start to join the club of the best chip makers and end up being the third largest chipmaker in the world. But firsts they need to do one thing: acquire Qualcomm.

Broadcom is planning to buy Qualcomm for about $103 billion if the deal succeeds, and that will be the largest acquisition in tech history. Qualcomm are best known for the default system on a chip called SoC and cellular modem vendor in most smartphones.

Qualcomm is famous for its near minopoly on the high-end smart phone SoC market with its «Snapdragon» line of chips.

Snapdragon semiconductors are embedded in devices of various systems, including Android and Windows Phone devices. They are also used for netbooks, in cars, wearable devices and other devices.

Snapdragon is a suite of system on a chip (SoC) semiconductor products designed and marketed by Qualcomm for mobile devices. The Snapdragon central processing unit (CPU) uses the ARM RISC instruction set, and a single SoC may include multiple CPU cores, a graphics processing unit (GPU), a wireless modem, and other software and hardware to support a smartphone`s global positioning system (GPS), camera, gesture recognition and video.

Samsung and Apple does not use Qualcomm`s operating system which means they are both competing with Qualcomm. Samsung have its own Exynos line system and Apple makes it sown SoC system for its iPhone and iPad.

But in the U.S, Samsung use Qualcomm chips only for this market and Apple has packaged a separate Qualcomm chip with the iPhone, but the company recently had the audacity to use an Intel modem in some iPhone models.

Broadcomm and Qualcomm combined will be big and that can make the prices go up. Google can do something with that. They want to improve its own Android, VR and AR and have sent a list of requests to other chip makers for future SoC designs. They also want to build its own processors.

According to Reuters, Broadcom Ltd made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm Inc on Monday.

Qualcomm`s share price skyrocketed before the dot-com-bubble. It reached nearly $90 but have never recovered. The stock has declined in two years from 2014 to 2016 and now it is trading at $62 on Monday.

It is another story for Broadcom. The stock has gone straight up since April 2016. On Monday, the stock reached an all-time high at $277.

 

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Apple beats Xiaomi in China

It is a big difference between Apple and Xiaomi, and the difference is that Apple is at the top while Xiaomi is at the bottom of the price scale. Xiaomi`s price strategy is to sell cheap mobile phones while Apple is an expensive brand.

Xiaomi has so far been the fastest growing handset maker and often described as the Chinese version of Apple. In August last year they went to be the new No. 1 smartphone vendor in China. At that time, they took the place from the big brand Samsung Electronics Co.

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Xiaomi`s sale was booming and exploded by 240% last year, and they bolstered by the booming sales of its low-cost RedMi range, and took a 14% market share in the world`s largest smart phone market.

The reason why Apple is successful in the Chinese market is many, but one of them could be China Mobile`s aggressive 4G strategy last year. It may have helped China`s Apple but also the U.S Apple as well.

Now, for the first time, Apple has overtaken Xiaomi to become the largest vendor of smartphones in China, and as you probably know; China is the world`s biggest market and Xiaomi`s home market.

Apple surpassed Xiaomi in Q1 of 2015, and grabbed 14,7% market share, while Xiaomi had 13,7% market share, according to market researcher the International Data Corporation (IDC). Both, Apple and Xiaomi are on top in the Chinese market, followed by Huawei, Samsung and Lenovo.

This is all big brands not only on the Chinese market, but also on the international mobile phone market. The Chinese market is one of the world`s largest smartphones market, but it is also one of the most fiercely competitive.

A few companies has occupied that market and that is Samsung and Lenovo which have topped the list last year. Apple, Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung and Lenovo took up 57,8% of the market in the first three months of 2015.

But there is a shift in the market, while Apple, Xiaomi and Huawei saw shipments increase, previous leaders in the smartphones market like Samsung and Lenovo declined. 4,3% fewer smartphones were shipped in Q1 2015 compared to Q1 2014.

This is the first drop in over 6 years, but this is still big business.

The growth in tech and biotech has been so huge in the U.S market, that the market cap of U.S tech and biotech companies exceeds the market cap of ALL the companies in emerging markets and the euro zone.

The technology innovation is disrupting everything and it took 5,500 days for Nasdaq to retrace the highs that were hit in March of 2000, but the technology now is light years ahead of where is was then.

Everything in the world is about to change right now!

 


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India is the leader

India added 28 million users in mobile subscriptions in Q1 ended March this year. According to Ericsson`s Mobility report, the total base is now 790 million. Among the top five countries by net additions, India is the leader, accounted for more than 50% of new mobile subscriptions in Q1.

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Ericsson expect that the total number of mobile subscriptions will exceed the world`s population in 2015. By the end of 2019, they predict that the mobile broadband subscriptions will reach 7,6 billion, representing more than 80% of total mobile subscriptions.

It is also expected that the number of smart phone subscriptions will reach 5,6 billion at the end of 2019. 65% of all phones sold worldwide in Q1 were smartphones. Smartphone subscriptions will exceed those for basic phones in a couple of years.

India is growing! So are the smart phone sales. It skyrocketed in 2013 and 44 million shipments is a big jump compared with 16,2 million a year earlier. The growth is expected to continue in 2014. The Indian consumer is expected to consume four times the amount of mobile data per month, contributing to the 10-fold growth prediction in mobile data traffic between 2013 and 2019.

It’s expected to see a shift in 2016, as the networks will go from GSM to 3G and 4G, and that will help cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices to grow significantly. 3G and 4G will represent the majority of active cellular M2M subscriptions in a few years.

Cellular M2M is taking off, and the number of active cellular M2M devices will increase to about 4 times by 2019, from 200 million at the end of last year to about 800 million in 2019. It is expected to see more than 20% of the active cellular M2M devices to be connected to LTE subscriptions.

In 2019, China will reach over 700 million LTE subscriptions, and that is more than 25% of total global subscriptions for LTE. Europe will only see LTE subscriptions penetration of 30% compared to 85% in North America.

China`s TCL Communication is preparing to launch 4G phablets in a tie up with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is likely to roll out its much-awaited high-speed data and voice services in Q2 this year.

TCL Communication is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and part of China`s TCL Corporation. They sell smartphones under Alcatel One Touch brand. The Chinese company bought the Alcatel phone business in 2005. A phablet is a mobile handset with 5 to 6,9 inch screen size.

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