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5G is The New Leading Cellular Technology

by Ville-Petteri Ukonaho | 4月 11, 2022

  • Geopolitical situation will hinder growth in CEE significantly in 2022 and 2023. Russia 5G adoption suffers greatly due sanctions.
  • 5G is the new leading cellular technology until 6G comes in 2030
  • 2G/2.5G is far from dead and still holds significant share of the market and share will remain double digit still in 2027. Africa region still needs low-cost handsets where 2G/2.5G featurephones fit very well.
  • 4G remains the main technology in Africa region throughout our forecast period as their transition to 5G is slow. 


  • 3G is dying as operators all around the world are re-farming 3G networks for 4G and 5G. 3G is still very much alive in Africa and will remain as the second largest smartphone segment.
  • China leads 5G revolution and will remain top country through our forecast period.
  • India is growing to become one of the leading 5G countries despite slow take-off. India is a great country for vendors seeking new growth in mid-priced 5G smartphones.

Clients of our Device Technologies (EDT) service can learn more about technological evolution in different regions from the report Analysis : Global Handset Sales Forecast by 88 Countries and 19 Technologies: 2003 to 2027.




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