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Samsung To Acquire US Network Service Provider For Better 5G Solutions

TWS, based in Chantilly, Virginia, specialises in network design, testing and optimisation services to mobile service and cable operators

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Samsung said that the acquisition will allow it to deliver end-to-end solutions, from semiconductors and mobile phones to network infrastructure, amid rising demand for 5G infrastructure and 4G LTE enhancement in the US. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung Electronics Co. said on Tuesday it will acquire US network service provider TeleWorld Solutions (TWS) Inc. to better provide 5G infrastructure and solutions.

Under the deal, TWS will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America Inc, according to the South Korean tech giant. Samsung didn’t reveal the value of the acquisition deal, Yonhap news agency has reported.

TWS, based in Chantilly, Virginia, specialises in network design, testing and optimisation services to mobile service and cable operators.

Samsung said that the acquisition will allow it to deliver end-to-end solutions, from semiconductors and mobile phones to network infrastructure, amid rising demand for 5G infrastructure and 4G LTE enhancement in the US.

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Samsung Electronics Co. said on Tuesday it will acquire US network service provider TeleWorld Solutions (TWS) Inc. to better provide 5G infrastructure and solutions. Wikimedia Commons

“The acquisition of TWS will enable us to meet mobile carriers’ growing needs for improving their 4G and 5G networks, and eventually create new opportunities to enhance our service capabilities to our customers,” Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, Executive Vice President and chief of Networks Business at Samsung, said in a statement.

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TeleWorld Solutions CEO Shervin Gerami said: “Everyone at TeleWorld Solutions is excited to be part of the Samsung family. … Joining forces with Samsung will accelerate innovation to help our customers fulfill their needs for network strategy, deployment and automation.” (IANS)

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India Becomes the Second Largest Smartphone Market After China: Report

India surpasses US to become 2nd largest smartphone market

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The Indian smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level. Pixabay

New Delhi: Riding on Chinese brands, the India smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level and this is the latest science and technology news, becoming the second-largest smartphone market after China globally — reaching 158 million shipments in the calender year 2019 with 7 per cent (YoY) growth, a report from Counterpoint Research said on Friday.

While Xiaomi continued to be the top player with 28 per cent market share in the calendar year 2019, Samsung was second with 21 per cent and Vivo at 16 per cent market share, said Counterpoint’s ‘Market Monitor’ service.

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India has now become the second-largest smartphone market after China globally. Pixabay

“Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint.

“Chinese brands share hit a record 72 per cent for the year 2019 as compared to 60 per cent share a year ago.

“This year, we have seen all major Chinese players expanding their footprint in offline and online channels to gain market share. For instance, Xiaomi, realme, and OnePlus have increased their offline points of sale while brands like Vivo have expanded their online reach with Z and U series,” said Anshika Jain, Research Analyst at Counterpoint.

Over the past four years, Xiaomi, Vivo, and OnePlus have grown 15 times, 24 times and 18 per cent, respectively.

“This highlights that OEMs are mature enough to capture next wave of growth and expand their operations in India,” Jain added.

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Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent. Pixabay

Samsung shipments remained almost flat (YoY) while it has shown a 5 per cent (YoY) decline in 2019.

“This is for the first time Samsung transitioned to a completely new portfolio targeting different channels (offline with A series and online with M series). However, it needs to double down its efforts to keep the momentum going,” the report noted.

While the smartphone market registered YoY growth, the feature phone market witnessed a steep decline of nearly 42 per cent YoY in 2019 and 38 per cent (YoY) in Q4 2019.

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“This is due to slowdown in the new shipments from Reliance Jio. However, the players such as itel, Lava, Nokia and Micromax registered positive annual
growth despite the overall segment declined showing the untapped potential of the market,” said the report.

In fact, itel emerged as the number one feature phone brand in Q4 2019, followed by Samsung and Lava. (IANS)