Worldwide Mobile Phone 2015–2019 Forecast and Analysis
This IDC study presents the five-year forecast for mobile phone shipments worldwide by device vendors. The worldwide mobile phone market will reach a total of 2.0 billion unit shipments in 2015, up 2.6% from the 1.96 billion units shipped in 2014. Driving volumes higher are smartphones, particularly low-cost smartphones heading for emerging markets. From there, total mobile phone shipments will reach 2.2 billion unit shipments in 2019 at a 2014–2019 CAGR of 2.8%.
"Although growth in the mobile phone market is slowing, there are some bright spots to look forward to," says Will Stofega, research manager for IDC's Mobile Phones team. "We believe that some of the sluggishness in the market is directly correlated to a slowdown in the introduction of innovative products. We expect a return to more innovative products in the next two years, which will help spur interest in new devices in mature markets."
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