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Steve Yang - International Data Corporation (IDC). Toronto, ON, CA

Steve Yang Steve Yang

Senior Analyst, Communications & Mobility | International Data Corporation (IDC)

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Senior Analyst, Communications & Mobility

Biography

Steve Yang analyzes the Canadian communications market, specifically focusing on mobility. He provides insights to Canadian wireless players around mobile phones and tablets, along with related communications from a unique Canadian perspective.

Prior to joining IDC, Steve Yang worked as a Research Analyst at a UK wireless consulting company in Beijing, China. His research covered the Chinese wireless telecommunications value chain, including key industry performance tracking, consumer behavior, equipment and handset vendor product development, mobile operators' market strategies, and international mobile industry best practices.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Wireless

Consumer Telecom Services

Smartphone Pricing

Mobile Phones

Slate Tablets

Spotlight

Media

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Associated IDC Services (2)

  • Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker - Canada Region
  • Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker - Canada Region

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Education (1)

Anglia Ruskin University: B.A., Business Administration (Marketing) 1999

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Mandarin

Media Appearances (5)

If Ottawa wants to lower wireless bills, it should tackle smartphone prices

Globe and Mail  

2020-01-24

Telecom executives have long complained that Apple, in particular, offers them no flexibility in pricing based on volume and controls carrier marketing and advertising.

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Carriers’ new financing plans offered as way to ease the cost of smartphones

The Star  online

2019-12-15

The overall price of smartphones on the market has risen dramatically. “Definitely more than inflation,” says Steve Yang, who analyzes the Canadian communications equipment market for IDC Canada.

Two years ago, Apple’s iPhone X was notable for bursting through the $1,000 price point. Now, Yang says, about 70 per cent of the phones on the market cost more than $1,000.

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U.S. rules cast doubt on Huawei handset launches

The Star  

2019-05-24

Huawei phone sales have surged in Canada over the past two years thanks to competitive pricing, a popular camera and other high-end features, said IDC Canada mobility senior analyst Steve Yang, adding that Huawei’s market share jumped to about 6 per cent from less than 3 per cent over the period. He said Huawei has leap-frogged brands including BlackBerry to become the country’s third most popular smartphone after Apple and Samsung. Read more...

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Hot Product Trends in 2018 and What's Ahead

Wifi Hifi Magazine  

2018-12-23

MOBILE: The Rise of Huawei
The two-horse smartphone race between Apple and Samsung became a three-horse one this year. In the second quarter of the year, Huawei snuck past Apple to snag the second spot in the global smartphone space, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s a major accomplishment, as it was the first quarter since Q2 2010 that Apple was not number-one or two in market share.
“Apple, Samsung, and LG hold almost 90 percent of total Canadian smartphone market,” Steve Yang, Senior Analyst, Communication & Mobility, IDC Canada tells WiFi HiFi, “but Huawei has shown strong momentum.”

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How Huawei built its brand in Canada

The Globe and Mail  

2018-12-11

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. still lags far behind other major mobile phone manufacturers in market share in Canada, but when it comes to marketing, the brand’s presence here has been growing significantly.

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Reports (10)

COVID-19 Impact: 2020 Canadian Smartphone Market IDC Canada

Steve Yang, Shahd ElAshri, JP Bouchard

2020-06-30

This IDC Market Note presents the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Canadian smartphone market, discusses the outcome of launching new models in the current economic situation, and provides IDC's COVID-19 forecast of the market.

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Rogers Next-Gen 5G Network Launched in Canada — What Now? IDC Canada

Jean Philippe Bouchard, Manish Nargas, Steve Yang

2020-02-28

This IDC Market Note provides IDC's point of view with regard to the recent Rogers 5G network launch announcement on January 15, 2020, and subsequent 5G-enabled smartphone hardware launch. This document discusses the implications of this milestone launch on the Canadian market in terms of competitive landscape, new device availability, and end-user benefits.

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Microsoft Surface – Beyond Just Hardware: A Canadian Perspective IDC Canada

Manish Nargas, Jean Philippe Bouchard, Tim Brunt, Steve Yang

2019-10-10

At its October 2nd 2019 Surface Event, Microsoft announced a slew of new devices, running on silicon from multiple chipset providers and varying operating systems. From a Canadian market perspective, the new devices should help Microsoft grow its shares of the portables and detachables markets, but the value, and intent, of the event should be recognized beyond a pure hardware tour de force. The launches should be seen as a demonstration that Microsoft is definitely ready to deliver its own suite of product and services across a wider range of devices and (still) undefined uses cases.

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Canadian Consumer Devices Survey 2019 Results: Mobile Phones IDC Canada

Manish Nargas, Steve Yang

2019-09-26

This IDC Survey document presents findings from IDC Canada's recent consumer surveys focusing on mature hardware — mobile phones. The showcased data highlights consumer interest, ownership, usage, preferences, and future potential for purchase of mature devices. Further, the document also outlines data on brands, purchase channels, and the key top of mind devices for Canadian consumers. Additional insight is provided through additional demographic comparisons where relevant.

The data presented in this survey is useful for market intelligence roles, product managers, and product marketers that seek to understand the buyer behaviour of Canadian consumers for the mature hardware mobile phone market.

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Canadian Consumer Devices 2019 Survey Results: PCs and Tablets IDC Canada

Manish Nargas, Jean Philippe Bouchard, Tim Brunt, Steve Yang

2019-09-26

This IDC Survey document presents findings from IDC Canada's recent consumer surveys focusing on mature hardware categories, specifically PCs (laptops and desktops) and tablets. The showcased data highlights consumer interest, ownership, usage, preferences, and future potential for purchase of mature devices. Further, the document also outlines data on brands, purchase channels, and the key top of mind devices for Canadian consumers. Additional insight is provided through additional demographic comparisons where relevant.

The data presented in this survey is useful for market intelligence roles, product managers, and product marketers that seek to understand the buyer behaviour of Canadian consumers for mature hardware devices.

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Apple Launches 2019 Portfolio of Products and Services – A Canadian Take IDC Canada

Jean Philippe Bouchard, Steve Yang, Manish Nargas

2019-09-23

On September 10th, Apple held its “by innovation only” event in Cupertino. Apple unveiled the latest iterations of their wearables, tablets and smartphone portfolio, as well as to give more details on its content subscription service.

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IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker Taxonomy, 2019 IDC

Melissa Chau, Ryan Reith, Sangeetika Srivastava, Jay Chou, Simon Baker, Francisco Jeronimo, Kiranjeet Kaur, Susana Santos, Natalia Milko, Steve Yang, Anthony Scarsella, Nabila Popal, Marta Pinto, Akira Sugawara, Ramazan Yavuz, Will Wong, Ahmed M. Ahmed, Paola Soriano, Ricardo Mendoza, Diego Beristain

2019-02-23

This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview of and definitions for the mobile phone market. The definitions provided in this document represent the scope of IDC's mobile phone research. This taxonomy outlines market segmentations and measurement methodologies for the mobile phone industry, including classification by technology, vendor, geography, and revenue metrics.

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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Mobility 2019 Predictions IDC

Phil Hochmuth, Bryan Bassett, Jean Philippe Bouchard, John Delaney, Jason Leigh, Denise Lund, Angela Salmeron, James Wester, Steve Yang

2018-10-31

This IDC study for the 2019 mobility market provides our global team's view on some of the key topics we expect to affect businesses over the next few years. Some of the topics we raise in this year's IDC FutureScape are:
• Business-transforming services based on emerging 5G network features
• Artificial intelligence (AI) seeping into all aspects of mobile device functions
• Heightened mobile security awareness
• Integration of mobility deeper into fabric of society: homes, personal finance, and identity
• New as-a-service models for the delivery of mobile technology.

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Canadian Consumer Devices Survey 2018 Results: Mobile Phones IDC Canada

Manish Nargas, Steve Yang

2018-10-09

This IDC Survey document presents findings from IDC Canada's recent consumer surveys focusing on mature hardware — mobile phones. The showcased data highlights consumer interest, ownership, usage, preferences, and future potential for purchase of mature devices. Further, the document also outlines data on brands, purchase channels, and the key top of mind devices for Canadian consumers. Additional insight is provided through additional demographic comparisons where relevant.

The data presented in this survey is useful for market intelligence roles, product managers, and product marketers that seek to understand the buyer behaviour of Canadian consumers for the mature hardware mobile phone market.

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IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker Taxonomy, 2018 IDC Canada

2018-08-03

This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview of and definitions for mobile phones. The definitions provided in this document represent the scope of IDC's mobile phone research. This taxonomy outlines market segmentations and measurement methodologies for the mobile phone industry, including classification by technology, vendor, geography, and revenue metrics.

"IDC's mobile phone taxonomy presents a standardized and detailed framework of the mobile phone market," said Ryan Reith, program vice president for IDC's Mobile Phone, Personal Computing Device, Wearable, and AR/VR Trackers. "The taxonomy document serves as a guideline for users to better understand and use IDC mobile phone research."

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