Moscow, January 8 — “News. Economy.” Smartphone sales in China in 2018 fell by 15.5% compared to the previous year to 390 million units, reported the Chinese Institute of information and telecommunications technology under the Ministry of industry and Informatization of the country.
In December, sales of smartphones amounted to 33.5 million units, which is 17% less compared to the same month of the previous year.
In 2018, the share of smartphones in total supplies of mobile phones in the country was 94.1%, reported Chinese state Agency Xinhua.
By the end of 2018 mobile phone shipments decreased by 15.6% to 414 million units, including 391 million phones that support 4G.
Mobile phones of Chinese brands accounted for 89.5% of the total supply last year.
The U.S. accused Chinese telecommunications manufacturers Huawei and ZTE’s close ties with the Chinese government, and produce the specified equipment, can supposedly be used by Beijing for spying and unauthorized data collection. Huawei has repeatedly denied the accusations, reported “Vesti. Economy.”
Earlier, us authorities urged operators in Germany, Italy and Japan to abandon Huawei products. The U.S. side referred to the need to ensure the safety of its military facilities abroad. In August, Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE banned the supply of equipment for mobile networks 5G in Australia for reasons of national security.
In November, New Zealand authorities banned the local telecommunications company Spark New Zealand to use equipment from Huawei Technologies in the new 5G network.
In addition, the British telecommunications company BT Group has announced that within two years to get rid of Huawei equipment of the core network 4G. BT Group has also announced that it would not allow the Chinese company to participate in tenders for contracts to supply equipment for use in its core network 5G. In December, Japan has banned state purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE. Officials of relevant Japanese ministries and agencies agreed on a plan, but not pointed directly to Huawei and ZTE, given the possible impact of such a step for relations between Tokyo and Beijing.
Furthermore, Huawei is close to what to take second place in the world in sales of smartphones at the end of a full year. As reported by Nikkei, in 2018 Huawei has supplied the world market with more than 200 million smartphones, which is more than 30% higher than sales of a year ago, which were equal to 153 million units. Strong rise in the company has been in the markets of China, Europe and Africa, and were particularly popular vehicles from the Huawei P20, equipped with advanced cameras which are developed in conjunction with the German brand Leica.
According to analysts International Data Corp. (IDC) in 2017 Huawei controlled 10.4% of the global smartphone market, behind Samsung Electronics (21.6 per cent) and Apple (14.7 per cent). In April and June 2018 for the first time, Huawei has risen to second position in the overall standings, ahead of Apple. In the third quarter, the Chinese company remained in this place, and it is likely that Huawei will retain it, and by the end of 2018.
According to analysts Gartner, in the third quarter of 2018 Huawei has sold 43% more smartphones compared to the same period of 2017, allowing the company to climb to second place in the ranking of the largest manufacturers in the world. The share of Huawei amounted to 13.4% versus 18,9% in the high-end Samsung and 11.8% Apple, shutting the top 3.
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