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China’s 5G To Drive Smartphone Growth: Australia Lags Behind

Hard on the heels of yesterday’s smartphone shipment report by Gartner, comes research by rival IDG which says Australia won’t help push up sales next year because of its slow roll out of 5G services.

There was good news, however, with IDG predicting the global smartphone market will grow for the first time in four years in 2020 due to China’s aggressive rollout of 5G mobile networks.

Shipments from China are expected to increase 1.5% from 2019 projections to 1.4 billion devices after three years of declines.

Global smartphone shipments fell 0.3% in 2017 and 4.3% in 2018 after reaching a record high of 1.47 billion in 2016 according to the report. Device makers are expecting another of 1.4% plunge this year despite buoyant sales on the iPhone 11.

IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers said recent developments in the China market along with anticipation of aggressive activity from the smartphone supply chain indicates 190 million 5G smartphones will be shipped from there in 2020, accounting for 14% of the total.

The research firm said the upbeat projections for China come despite slower-than-expected demand for 5G in Australia, Japan and South Korea and some European countries.

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