14:26 05 December 2017
A new report released by the Strategy Analytics has forecasted the sales of 5G handsets to hit 1.5billion by 2025. Researchers said that companies poised to be “at the forefront of the upcoming 5G smartphone wave” are Qualcomm, InterDigital, Intel, Ericsson, Apple, Samsung, Vodafone and China Mobile.
Boris Metodiev, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said: “We predict the first 5G smartphones to launch commercially in advanced mobile countries such as Japan, South Korea and United States by 2019.
"However, we caution that 5G technology standards today are not yet market-ready, while previous launches of 3G and 4G smartphones in the past often arrived much later than promised.
"The smartphone industry is understandably very excited about 5G right now, but history suggests early 5G products may well suffer technical or financial teething problems, and the industry should be prepared for future possible delays in initial smartphone or network launches of several months, perhaps up to a year.”
The prediction contradicts CCS insights reports, which said that there would be 310 million sales of 5G smartphones in 2021.
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