Smartphone 5G shipments to hit 1.9 billion by 2023

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China will account for 34pc of 5G shipments in 2023

Nearly two billion 5G-enabled smartphones are anticipated to be shipped globally between 2019 and 2023 according to Canalys figures.

The estimates were revealed at The Mobile World Congress Shanghai, with vendors predicted to ship 1.9 billion 5G handsets.

During this period 800 million 5G shipments are expected in 2023 alone, which will account for over half of all smartphone shipments (51.4pc).

Greater China will account for 34pc of 5G smartphone shipments in 2023, followed by North America (18.8pc) and Asia Pacific (17.4pc). By next year Canalys expects that 17.5 pc of smartphones shipped in China will be 5G compatible, a number that rockets to 62.7pc by 2023.

Canalys VP of mobility Nicole Peng said: “5G smartphones will see rapid adoption in China thanks to a strong government technology roadmap and operators’ financial capabilities.

“China is also home to many major 5G equipment suppliers and smartphone vendors, which will be responsible for an aggressive marketing push over the next few years.”

In the UK, Chinese manufacturers Oppo and OnePlus have launched 5G smartphones so far this year, with Huawei and Xiaomi expected to follow suit.

Peng, does however, warn that there is still a long way to go with the deployment of 5G.

“But mass-market adoption of 5G smartphones does not necessarily mean a successful 5G deployment.

“Full 5G deployment will take much longer, and be much more complex than the previous network generation, in order to realise the benefits of 5G beyond eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband).”

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