5G smartphone shipments to hit 1.5 bln by 2025 - study

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | 08:38 CET | News

Global 5G smartphone shipments are set to grow from 2 million units in 2019 to 1.5 billion in 2025, an average annual rate of 250 percent, according to a report from Strategy Analytics. The 5G category will be the fastest-growing sector of the global smartphone industry for the next decade, opening up huge opportunities for operators, infrastructure suppliers, device vendors, chipset makers and software developers, said the report.

The first 5G smartphones are set to launch commercially in advanced mobile countries such as Japan, South Korea and the US by 2019. However, the report goes on to caution that 5G technology standards today are not yet market-ready, and previous launches of 3G and 4G smartphones often arrived much later than promised. “History suggests early 5G products may well suffer technical or financial teething problems, and the industry should be prepared for future possible delays in initial smartphone or network launches of several months, perhaps up to a year,” said the report.

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