Shares,Johannesburg, SA, Mar 13 – Africa’s smartphone market experienced a quarter-on-quarter decline of 6.4 percent during Q4 2017 shipping 20.3 million units. In the feature phone space, shipments totaled 33.4 million units, up 3.1pc Quarter on Quarter after decreasing in the previous quarter. Year on year, the feature phone market was up 9.9 percent. Combining smartphones and feature phones together, the overall Africa mobile phone market saw shipments of 53.7 million units in Q4 2017, which represents downturns of 0.7pc QoQ and 2.6pc YoY. Demand for feature phones is expected to remain strong, although IDC expects vendors to drive smartphone uptake by offering more features in affordable price bands.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 13, 2018 09:33 UTC