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China’s Smartphone Market is Growing, Mostly for Chinese Brands

China’s smartphone market continues to grow; since passing North America to become the largest smartphone market in 2012, total shipments reached nearly 300 million units in 2013, and we forecast 400 million units in 2014 and double digit growth rates through 2016. Continue Reading

TV Panel Shipments Remain Strong – For Now

Currently, there are mixed signals on LCD TV panel supply/demand. Panel makers expect that inventory corrections have come to an end (panel price reductions were modest in December), continue to ship at high levels in Q4’13, and are forecasting firm panel shipments for Q1’14, despite the usual seasonal decline. Continue Reading

China Increasing LCD Glass Import Duty in 2014

China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that import duties for Gen 6 and smaller LCD glass substrates will increase from 4% to 6% in 2014, while duties for Gen 7 and larger will remain at 4%. As far as we know, import duties on aluminosilicate cover glass will also remain unchanged, at 3%. Continue Reading

China TD-LTE License and China Unicom’s 4G Strategy

Recently we wrote about the Chinese government awarding LTE TDD licenses to the three state-owned operators. China Mobile, the largest operator in China, is expected to quickly deploy a 4G network, launching the service in 100 cities by the end of 2013 to make up for their spotty 3G coverage from the previous deployment. Continue Reading

China Solar PV Forecast for 2014 Upgraded to 12 GW

On 14 November 2013, the Chinese Bureau of Energy released a draft of proposed solar power installations for China in 2014. Under this proposal, new solar installations in China are expected to reach 12 GW in 2014 . This includes 8 GW of distributed PV generation and 4 GW in the ground-mount segment.  Continue Reading