Qualcomm leads global cellular IoT module chipset market

Global cellular IoT module chipset shipments grew 35 per cent (on-year) in the first quarter this year, and Qualcomm led the market with 42 per cent share and 30 per cent growth across nine out of the 10 key regions globally, a new report has said.

China was the key region for cellular IoT module chipset consumption during the quarter, reports Counterpoint Research.

PC, router/CPE and industrial were the top three applications for 5G.

“Qualcomm, UNISOC and ASR held the top three positions in the global cellular IoT module chipset market in Q1 2022, accounting for nearly 75 per cent of the total shipments,” said research analyst Anish Khajuria.

Qualcomm has been broadening its IoT chipset portfolio, targeting premium 4G and 5G solutions for verticals such as retail, automotive, industrial robotics and smart cities.

It is also collaborating with several industry application and technology providers, including Microsoft, ZTE, BMW and Bosch, to focus on high-value artificial intelligence and 5G IoT capabilities, also termed as the 5G AIoT segment, the repoert mentioned.

“The cellular modem chipset competition is heating up in the IoT module space with a growing number of players entering the higher-volume LPWA and lower-category 4G LTE (Cat 1 and Cat 1 bis) segments,” said Vice President Research, Neil Shah.

“However, the low-power and less advanced applications will continue to prevail into the next decade and we could see some adoption of SoC-based integrated solutions, Shah added.

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