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Australian 5G smartphone shipments rose sharply over last 12 months

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Shipments of 5G smartphones into Australia have grown in market share over the last 12 months, with the figure rising from 14% in the first quarter of 2020 to 55% in the first quarter of 2021, the technology analyst firm IDC says.

The company said figures recorded by its Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker showed strong growth in shipments to Australia both in the final quarter of 2020 and the first three months of 2021.

John Riga, associate market analyst at IDC Australia, said he believed the growth was primarily driven by 5G device availability.

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“The release of the iPhone 12 series in 2020Q4, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 series in 2021Q1 — both exclusively as 5G-ready devices — undoubtedly drove this growth in share” he said.

“Additionally, the increased range of 5G devices in recent quarters, including more low-cost options from a variety of Android brands, has broadened the number of consumers willing to pick up a 5G device.”

IDC pointed out that during the last 12 months, the number of 5G-ready devices offered in Australia has grown from nine models in 2020Q1 to 36 models in 2021Q1.

“However, it should be noted that these devices may not necessarily be connected to a 5G service yet, as the rollout of Australia’s 5G mobile network coverage continues,” Riga added.

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Another factor leading to the increased shipments was consumer confidence. “We saw year-on-year growth in the smartphone market of 13.5% in 2021Q1 and 8.8% in 2020Q4, indicating a rebound from the declines seen in the earlier quarters of 2020,” said Riga.

He expected iOS to lead in the 5G charge, with some lower-priced 4G offerings to be present in the Android market.


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