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Global Small Cell Deployments and Installed Base Will Grow to 2.838 Million Units in 2018, Says TrendForce



In 2018 CES, South Korea Winter Olympics and MWC, 5G is undoubtedly a hot topic, companies including Qualcomm, Intel, Huawei, Samsung, Ericsson, ZTE and major mobile operators are all discussing 5G development blueprint With the full Release 15 specification to be completed around the June 2018 by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the competition for 5G technology will begin in 2018, says TrendForce According to Kelly Hsieh, research director of TrendForce, demand for 5G applications will gradually emerge as consensus on 5G standards and 5G application scenarios are being formed Particularly, small cells are key to 5G as they can support increasing demand of data performance It is estimated that the global deployments and installed base of small cells will reach 2838 million units in 2018 and 4329 million units in 2019, an annual growth of 525% Small cell remain a key to 5G and mobile edge computing As 5G technology matures and edge computing grows more important, new services and equipment will be improved in the future, and more functions will be at the edge 5G technology features high-speed, low-latency, and can deal with large number of connection, bringing out new opportunities to enterprises It may also make IoT deployments possible On the other hand, 5G is also one of the keys to fully-autonomous vehicles Low-latency communication can provide drivers with instant messages, including traffic and weather, and can even link cars to infrastructures of smart city such as parking meters and traffic signs In sum, 5G will connect new devices and implement new internet applications so as to increase mobile data usage and traffic Part of the data comes from indoors, so mobile operators must enhance indoor coverage in order to strengthen the quality of signals and to meet the needs of users In this case, small cells, which are smaller than macro cells in size, will be more flexible to deploy Mobile operators can use small cells to expand the coverage and to improve network capacity, improving the quality of telecommunication Particularly, in crowded areas, small cells can divert 80% of data traffic, which means, increase hotspot capacity to make up for areas not covered by macro cells (both indoor and outdoor) to improve network performance and service quality China, US and South Korea are the fastest in small cell deployments In terms of mobile network development, small cells will achieve higher level of integration, allowing for multimode, multiband deployment, and integrate unlicensed spectrum Through indoor digital upgrades, small cells will also upgrade the network and improve efficiency The deployment of base stations is simplified Small cells can carry large sum of data transmission brought by Internet of Things and integrated wireless backhaul, improving the adaptation to environment and reducing investment costs significantly Therefore, with the development of 5G technology, small cells will become key equipment adopted by global mobile operators Currently, mobile operators in China, the United States and South Korea are the most active, including China Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and SK Telecom

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TrendForce Says 2018 Will Mark the Official Start of the 5G Era With South Korea and Japan Leading the Commercialization Efforts


Consumer Electronics , Telecommunications

Compared with the 4G mobile networking standard, 5G offers faster data transfer, greater wireless area coverage and lower latency According to market intelligence firm TrendForce, major vertical markets such as manufacturing, transportation and healthcare will rapidly adopt 5G in addition to the consumer market For mobile network operators, their traditional telephony and data services are bringing less average revenue per user than before Thus, upgrading to 5G will help diversify and expand their revenue base The 5G era will begin in earnest in 2018, when South Korea’s telecom industry will be demonstrating related technologies at the Peyoenchang Winter Olympics However, the commercialization of the new standard is not going to take off until 2020 Kelly Hsieh, research director of TrendForce, pointed out that South Korea and Japan are currently the most aggressive in working towards the commercial deployment of the 5G network “The 2018 Peyoenchang Winter Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics present opportunities for the respective countries to test their technologies,” noted Hsieh  During the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea’s SK Telecom will try out end-to-end 5G access units (eg base stations) plus other core services for smartphones and other mobile devices At the same time, the country’s other major operator Korea Telecom will also leverage the 5G network to show off new types of media content and broadcasting technologies, such as sync view, 360 VR scenes and time slicing transmission These technology demonstrations will provide a viewing experience that is more immersive than ever before With 5G driving demand for GaN components, the market for RF front-end components used in cell phones will grow to US$26 billion in 2022 “From the technological perspective, the 5G standard involves the deployment of Massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) antenna systems to transmit data at mmWave (millimeter wave) frequencies,” said Hsieh “This represents a platform breakthrough in the integration of wireless technologies” Because 5G networks use higher frequency bands, they require RF front-end components based on materials with high PAE (power added efficiency), high power density and other advanced properties “Components based on GaN (gallium nitride) fits the requirements for power amplification under the 5G standard,” said Hsieh “In the future, the expansion of the 5G network will propel the demand for GaN components used in mobile devices” The arrival of the 5G era will furthermore drive market demand and technological advances in infrastructure, equipment and devices The deployment of Massive MIMO will increase the number of antennas in each cellular base station, and this in turn accelerates the technological developments of antenna equipment as well as core solutions for device-to-device communication In addition, the formation of Ultra dense network (UDN) will shift RF equipment demand towards the small cell market segment After mobile networking made the general transition to the 5G standard and the related applications have been established, specifications of smartphones and other end devices will be raised to support higher carrier frequencies According to TrendForce’s research, the total value of the global market for RF front-end components used in cell phones is projected to grow from US$11 billion in 2017 to around US$26 billion in 2022 TrendForce will hold its IT Industry Forecast for 2018 on the 29th of this September in Room 201 of National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) International Convention Center, located at No 2, Xuzhou Road, Zhongzheng District 101, Taipei City For more details on this event, please visit: http://seminartrendforcecom/TRI/AnnualForecast2017/TW/english/ or contact us via telephone or email

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Apple Pay Grows in Transaction Volume as Its Market Presence in Asia Widens, Says TrendForce


Telecommunications , Consumer Electronics

Apple Pay is set to arrive in Taiwan this year, making the island the 14th market in its global expansion Kelly Hsieh, senior research manager of TrendForce, stated that that iPhone devices currently has nearly a third of the smartphone market share in Taiwan, and this will help Apple Pay tremendously in penetrating into the local market “Apple Pay can become a leading mobile payment platform that will gradually change the payment habit of Taiwanese consumers if it is able to win over consumers by providing strong data security and a very positive user experience,” said Hsieh According to Apple’s earning report for its 2017 fiscal first quarter (from October to December 2016), the transaction volume of Apple for the period was up 500% year on year The report also stated that Apple Pay entered numerous new markets, including Japan, New Zealand, Russia and Spain The rapid global expansion of Apple is mainly attributed to the popularity of iPhone devices and Apple’s continuing focus on user experience Many consumers are attracted to the speed and convenience of Apple Pay As the main hardware interface for Apple Pay, iPhone represented around 15% of the global smartphone shipments in 2016 This in turn has given Apple around 20% of the global mobile payment market Furthermore, Apple Pay offers a transaction model that fits with consumers’ desire for speed and convenience during purchasing Value-added services will encourage consumers to adopt mobile payment To spur and profit from the adoption of mobile payment, banks and retailers need to devise business plans that will add values to using the technology Consumers will be more willing to participate if there are ways to make mobile transactions more advantageous and convenient Take Japan, for example Apple Pay has difficulty cracking into the country’s mobile payment market, so do major card issuers such as VISA and MasterCard This is mainly because people there are familiar with the business models and standards of the established mobile payment services and electronic wallets In 2004, Japan’s major telecom operator NTT DOCOMO launched Mobile FeliCa that combined Sony’s contactless smartcard solution Felica with mobile chipset Since then, many local payment services sprang up from this solution, including a popular local transportation fare card To improve Apple Pay’s position and boost iPhone sales in Japan, the latest iPhone 7 includes support for FeliCa so that it can be used to pay for a variety of local services including public transportation Security remains central in the development efforts in the mobile payment market Though mobile payment presents huge business opportunities, the complexity of the transaction process creates security issues that become growth hurdles for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and other third-party payment providers Various types of vulnerabilities need to be addressed before smartphones can become the main tool for mobile payment  The security system of a mobile payment service has to be built from the ground up, starting from hardware Furthermore, related industry participants have to make sure that each juncture that the transactions go through (eg the telecommunication infrastructure, end devices) are well guarded In the case of Apple Pay, the user or the card holder confirms each transaction by pressing the Touch ID home button that acts as a fingerprint scanner As retailers send payment requests to issuing banks, Apple Pay use a tokenization system to protect sensitive data The tokenization process closes vulnerability gaps that the security chips in smartphones are unable to deal with Hsieh stressed that localization will be an important task for providers of mobile payment services: “Rather than copying business model from the home market, Apple Pay needs to strive to win over consumers’ trust in security and data privacy At the same time, it needs to gain support from consumers by providing value-added user experience Also, Apply Pay will need to collaborate with participants in different industries in building an infrastructure that allow them to develop mutually beneficial businesses involving mobile payment By doing these things, Apple Pay will be able to take the leading role in expanding mobile payment in Taiwan” 

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Global Mobile Payment Market Forecast to Reach US$780 Billion in 2017 as Opportunities Arise, Says TrendForce


Telecommunications , Consumer Electronics

Mobile payment services have expanded significantly during 2016 as smartphone makers intensify their efforts to build their own payment ecosystems At the same time, innovations and diversification in mobile payment methods have generated new demand and opportunities worldwide According to market research firm TrendForce, the scale of the global mobile payment market will reach US$780 billion by the end of 2017, amounting to an annual increase of 258% “Among the smartphone makers that are also developing their mobile payment businesses this year, Apple and Samsung are two brands that have an advantage over their competitors,” said Kelly Hsieh, senior research manager of TrendForce “Since Android has over 50% of the mobile OS market share worldwide, Google also has an opportunity to build up an extensive mobile payment ecosystem Google has recently accelerated the international expansion of its digital wallet platform Android Pay and made a big step forward this December by announcing partnership with major Japanese e-commerce and Internet company Rakuten" According to Hsieh, Japan’s mobile payment has been dominated by domestic service providers and is somewhat closed off to foreign competition compared with the US and China Therefore, having Rakuten to support Android Pay’s entry into the country is strategically important for Google Users of Android Pay can now access Rakuten’s e-money platform Edy, which is accepted in major restaurant and retail chains operating in Japan such as McDonald’s, Family Mart, Lawson and Domino’s Pizza Google furthermore is working with Sony to incorporate FeliCa – an RFID smart payment solution developed by Sony – into an NFC-enabled IC card that works with smartphones Next year, Google will further strengthen the ecosystem of Android Pay in Japan by linking it up with more payment services and financial institutions, including eMoney, Visa, MasterCard, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Verification solutions for mobile payment will become more diverse in 2017 Next year will also see significant progress being made on the development of security solutions for mobile payment Hsieh noted that in addition to the ongoing integration of different hardware technologies in encrypted chip design, advances in encryption algorithms and multi-factor authentication methods will increase efficiency in user verification, payment confirmation and secure data transfer Also, NFC chips are becoming the mainstream solution in mobile payment Chinese smartphone brands such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu have launched NFC-enabled smartphones this year, thus spurring wider adoption of the technology TrendForce estimates that over 60% of smartphones shipped worldwide in 2017 will feature NFC The security and convenience that this technology brings may radical change consumers’ payment habits in the future According Hsieh, access control is the central issue in the mission to create a more secure NFC module “On the software end, building NFC modules will need to take account of payment app designs,” said Hsieh “On the hardware end, NFC controller chip will eventually incorporate various types of security-related IC components For instance, NFC modules can add in sensor chips for fingerprint, iris and fingerprint vein recognition Having different biometric technologies work together can provide multi-factor authentication for an NFC-based mobile payment system” Currently, fingerprint recognition is the prevalent biometric technology used in mobile payment because it helps simplify the transaction process while providing a higher level of security TrendForce forecasts that over 50% of smartphones shipped worldwide in 2017 will feature fingerprint recognition The technology will become part of the standard offerings among mobile devices because of its ability to enhance user experience Another biometric technology that major smartphone makers are investing in is iris recognition Compared with fingerprints and voiceprints, iris patterns are a much more secure type of biometric data Samsung, for instance, continues to work on deploying iris recognition to its mobile devices To optimize the user experience with this technology, Samsung has developed algorithm that speeds up the iris scanning and user verification process While iris recognition has advantages in security and convenience, it requires an extra infrared camera Therefore, iris recognition is expected to be available for high-end smartphones in the initial period because of the additional hardware cost

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Mobile Payment Expands into Various Consumer Applications and Will Add Wearables and Cars into Its Ecosystem This Year, Says TrendForce


Telecommunications , Consumer Electronics

At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), the mobile payment industry took another significant step in progress with the reveal of several cross-device payment services Visa, for example, announced that it has partnered up with smartwatch maker Pebble and auto giant Honda to bring Visa’s payment services into cars and wearable devices Likewise, MasterCard and Internet security company WISeKey disclosed that they are jointly developing a payment solution that integrates advanced encryption technology Such solution will be another option for consumers to shop for luxury goods “Mobile payment will move beyond the limits of smartphones in 2016” said Kelly Hsieh, senior manager for mobile communication and end device research at TrendForce “The availability of payment services will be extended to other wearable devices and connected vehicles As more devices are linked to the Internet, secure verification systems that can satisfy the requirements of different applications will become more important” Hsieh pointed out that with mobile payment entering different localities and businesses worldwide, there is an increasing need for entities that could coordinate the various types of transactions Many major companies from different industries are thus proactively seizing this lucrative opportunity, even though there is still the issue of how the profits from the mobile payment will be divided amongst them Consequently, branded smartphone vendors, telecom operators, financial institutions and even technology startups are staking claims on different areas of consumptions  On the other hand, the mobile market payment is enormous in scale and has a myriad of application segments Service providers therefore have to not only comply with local financial regulations but also understand consumer habits to order to succeed As part of their initial forays into the market, many companies are starting pilot projects to measure the local interest For example, Google launched “Hands Free” program that allow people to make small sum payments at McDonalds and a few other restaurants in the South Bay Area this March Similarly, Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has added a NFC-based payment feature to its flagship smartphone Mi 5 This feature currently allows Mi 5 users to pay fares for public transportation services in major Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Shenzhen While the emergence of the Internet of Everything (IoE) and cross-platform integration have resulted in more convenient payment methods, these two trends have also led to increasing concerns about the security of transactions A big challenge that payment service providers face is to build trust with the consumers, and improving the security of mobile payment solutions as whole involves many approaches One method relates to the protection of sensitive data in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) that is located in the processor of a mobile device TEE’s specifications are standardize by cross-industry association GlobalPlatform to ensure that payment service companies follow the strictest security protocols available Another method relates to the development of biometric recognition systems Many technology companies are now looking at the possibility of using various types of biometric data – fingerprints, iris patterns, voiceprints and facial images – to create advanced user verification mechanisms Their efforts in mobile payment security will also drive growth in biometric technologies and their applications The convergence of wearable devices and mobile payment creates exciting business opportunities At the current phase, most mobile payment applications involve small-sum payments This type of transactions supports the co-development of NFC-equipped mobile devices and payment apps For device vendors, the growth of mobile payment is expected to increase device usage among consumers and boosts their sales As the basic infrastructure that facilitates this type of services (eg NFC-enabled smartphones, card readers and back-end accounting systems) gradually gets built out, different payment service providers can start offer their distinct services and build unique business models as to differentiate themselves in the market At the same time, the costs of mobile-based transactions between businesses and consumers will be quickly brought down, attracting more people and organizations into the mobile payment ecosystem Mobile payment will be the first major step in the realization of the Internet of Vehicles In today’s auto market, Internet connection has become the essential feature of high-end vehicle models Furthermore, auto makers are urgently looking for practical applications for their respective Internet of Vehicle (IoV) platforms “Mobile payment therefore can expedite the growth of the IoV ecosystem,” said Hsieh The program jointly developed by Visa and Honda, for instance, turns a vehicle’s infotainment display into a payment interface When a car needs gas, an onboard app on the infotainment display will notify the driver and provide the route to the nearest filling station Once the car is refueled, the driver can use the same app to make the payment In addition to gas, the app will also allow the driver to buy other goods in the filling station’s convenience store in the near future

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