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Sub-Saharan Africa is the largest sub-region for 3G smartphones

by Ville-Petteri Ukonaho | Apr 26, 2022

  • Sub-Saharan Africa takes over 60% of all 3G smartphones.
  • 4G is shrinking in everywhere else except Africa.
  • Africa is the only region with positive CAGR in 4G smartphones for 2021-2027, thus Africa is a good place to look at if one is making affordable 4G devices.
  • China is the leading 5G country with 37% share and 86% 5G penetration.
  • India is the leading 4G country with 71% 4G penetration and 6.6% 5G share.
  • US is worth looking into if one seeks to sell premium 5G devices. US 5G penetration is already 83% giving it 14% share of 5G smartphones.
  • The next decade will be 5G decade before 6G comes along.
Clients of our Device Technologies (EDT) service can learn more about technological evolution in different regions from the report Analysis : Global Smartphone Sales Forecast by Technology for 88 Countries to 2027
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