MUMBAI: India has pipped China to drive the volume growth of smartphones in the world on the back of falling prices of high-end devices and growing adoption of 3G services, according to HSBC Global Research report.
"China was the volume growth engine since 2013. However, given China's smartphone penetration having reached 95 per cent in 2014, further growth will be derived from other emerging countries with relatively low smartphone penetration. We forecast that smartphone shipments will grow at a 2014-19 CAGR of 26 per cent in India, followed by 19 per cent in Middle East (West Asia), 8 per cent in Latin America and 5 per cent in China," the report said on Thursday.
It said India was the global No. 2 mobile phone market in 2014 with 275 million units of shipment, or 14 per cent of world market. However, it was global No. 3 smartphone market last year with 81 million units of shipment, or 6 per cent of global market.
India's smartphone penetration was merely 30 per cent in 2014. This is far below 95 per cent for China and 72 per cent at the global level, the report observed. It attributed the meagre penetration to lower disposable income and lack of carrier subsidy but said the falling smartphone prices and growing adoption of 3G should help increase the penetration of high-end phones in India.
India will account for 12 per cent of global smartphone market with a penetration rate of 65 per cent in 2019, it said. "While we believe demand for 3G smartphones will continue to dominate for the next 12-18 months, post that, will it be still 3G-led demand or 4G-led demand will depend on how successful 4G entrants are with their offerings."
India's 74% villagers are trying hard to get their daily bread. Beating China will have any impact to these poor villagers? Media is comparing China with India for what. Both countries are not comparable. This news is just to have self satisfaction or hype.
P P Rajagopalan (Chennai)
Is it really something to cheer? Given the poverty level of the country, it is a dubious distinction! In fact, highly disturbing. There are many reasons for that! What is ridiculous is India comparing with China in this regard! India beats China! How inanely vain
Let us know when India pips China in the growth of mobile phones designed and made in India