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Qualcomm Gains Share in Smartphone Wi-Fi Chips, Finds Strategy Analytics


Company Widens Lead on Broadcom

Strategy Analytics predicts that Qualcomm will increase its lead in Wi-Fi in smartphones in 2021. The Strategy Analytics RF & Wireless Components report, “Qualcomm Widens Lead in Smartphone Wi-Fi,” shows Qualcomm gaining share despite Broadcom’s win in Apple’s iPhone 13.


This Strategy Analytics’ report looks at estimated units and revenue for 2020 by Wi-Fi supplier, and then projects this forward to 2021 based on expected smartphone volume by brand and model. Strategy Analytics projects Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek will capture the top-3 spots in the $4.3 billion smartphone Wi-Fi chip market in 2021.

Christopher Taylor, author of the report, commented that “Strategy Analytics expects Qualcomm to continue to gain share in Wi-Fi in smartphones this year even as competition increases from MediaTek and others. Qualcomm leverages its market-leading Snapdragon platform to win share in smartphone Wi-Fi chips. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E also helped boost the smartphone Wi-Fi chip market and we expect rapid adoption of these technologies to provide growth opportunities for chip vendors in 2021 and beyond.”

Stephen Entwistle, VP of the Strategic Technologies Practice at Strategy Analytics added, “Broadcom’s Wi-Fi business has a long history of success in smartphones, and we do not by any means count them out. Broadcom continues to differentiate its Wi-Fi chips in the premium tier Wi-Fi despite stiff competition from platform players such as Qualcomm and MediaTek, and it appears that Broadcom will go to extraordinary lengths to stay relevant, maintain its relationship with Apple, and expand its wins in smartphones.”


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Service Name: RF & Wireless Components.
Service Name: Wireless Smartphone Strategies.

European Contact: Stephen Entwistle, +44 (0)1908 423 636,
US Contact: Christopher Taylor, +1 617 614 0706,
China Contact: Lin Qiu, +86 10 8975 5246,

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