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Chinese vendors driving mobile internet growth

September 28, 2015

Leading manufacturers in China are enabling more and more people throughout the world to access the Internet, thanks to improved access to low-cost, high-value mobile devices, TelecomsTech reports.

As the focus of smartphone vendors continues to move beyond just what they can create (the product) to what they can make possible, the global mobile communication ecosystem has advanced significantly in 2015.

According to Juniper Research, in fact, smartphone shipments grew 16% year on year by the second quarter of this year, reaching 338 million. The global smartphone market continued to develop this quarter, and the increasing competition between vendors is expected to be good news for consumers as prices fall.

Huawei and Xiaomi are the two leading vendors in China, with the former seeing nearly 50% year-on-year growth in 2015 so far and the latter shipping 20.5 million units, representing growth of a third from the same time last year.

However, while Huawei is now looking to expand beyond the Asian market, Xiaomi has no plans to, meaning that it will have to rely on the Chinese market.

Shipments of Samsung have been steadily declining, despite the company having a reported profitable product mix for Q3 2015. As a result of delays in components, shipment of the S6 and S6 Edge had to be put on hold, and the expected shipment volumes were not reached.

Meanwhile, Apple has enjoyed 47.5 million unit sales, driven by market growth in China-year-on-year revenues in the country jumped by 112% to more than $13 billion.

Microsoft has also seen an increase in shipments in the run-up to Windows 10 for phones, sending 8.4 million devices, representing a 12% increase from last year.

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