Cellular baseband revenue jumps 17 percent in Q2 2014

October 01, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The global cellular baseband processor market grew 17 percent year-on-year to reach $5.2 billion in Q2 2014, according to Strategy Analytics in a recent report.

According to the report, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Spreadtrum, Marvell and Intel grabbed the top-five baseband revenue share spots in Q2 2014. Qualcomm continued its baseband market dominance with 68 percent revenue share, followed by MediaTek with 15 percent revenue share and Spreadtrum with 5 percent revenue share.

Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst states, "Despite increased LTE baseband competition,Qualcomm managed to increase its baseband revenue share to an all-time-high of 68 percent in Q2 2014. Qualcomm's LTE Gobi slim modems and LTE Snapdragon applications processors all gained strong traction in Q2 2014 and are featured in multiple flagship smartphones. Strategy Analytics calculates that LTE basebands accounted for over 45 percent of Qualcomm's total baseband shipments in Q2 2014. Strategy Analytics believes that still further LTE gains in the next few quarters provide further scope for market share gains."

According to Stuart Robinson, Director of the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service, "In Q2 2014, MediaTek capitalised on its baseband-integrated applications processor momentum and solidified its number two position in the baseband market. Strategy Analytics estimates LTE basebands accounted for less than 1 percent of MediaTek's total baseband shipments in Q2 2014. However, Strategy Analytics believes that MediaTek has the potential to emerge as the number two LTE baseband player in the second half of 2014, thanks to increased traction inChina."

Christopher Taylor, Director of the Strategy Analytics RF and Wireless Component service details, "Spreadtrum maintained its number three baseband revenue share position in Q2 2014, after overtaking Intel in Q1 2014. Strategy Analytics estimates that Spreadtrum's W-CDMA baseband shipments registered 170 percent year-on-year growth in Q2 2014. Spreadtrum is well-positioned to grab W-CDMA market share dropped by Broadcom as it leaves the market."

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