China ‘s shipments of smartphones compatible with 5G networks rose 63.5% to 266 million last year as falling prices boosted demand, a government-think tank said. Find out more about 5G smartphone shipments in China below.
5G smartphone shipments accounted for 75.9% of domestic shipments, higher than a global average of 40.7%, the China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT) announced via WeChat.
It said buying of 5G smartphones had been encouraged by the price of such handsets falling below 1,000 yuan ($157.69).
By the end of November, the total number of smartphone subscribers of China’s top three telecom companies reached 1.64 billion, of which 497 million were connected to 5G smartphone terminals, up 298 million from a year earlier, the CAICT said.
China has the world’s largest and most advanced standalone 5G network which covers all prefecture-level cities, more than 97 percent of counties and 40 percent of towns, MIIT data showed.
China aims to get 56 percent of the country on 5G networks by the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), up from 15 percent in 2020, according to a plan released by the MIIT last month.
The country’s 5G connections are expected to reach 865 million by 2025, accounting for 40 percent of the global total, data provider GSMA Intelligence said in a November report.