Japan sees 40-fold increase in 5G smartphones thanks to iPhone 12
The popularity of iPhone 12 in Japan has led to a 5G boom in the country, with demand set to double again in 2021.
At the end of 2020, Apple introduced four models of iPhone 12 with support for sub-6 GHz 5G internationally. Since their release, Japan has seen a huge increase in the use of 5G thanks to the iPhone popularity.
According to data MM Research Institute reported by Technical news, iPhone is driving a 5G boom in Japan as demand for smartphones hits new high. Domestic smartphone shipments to Japan increased 16.9% year-over-year to 32.757 million units, which is higher than the 2017 record of 32.58 million units.
The report says that thanks to Apple’s four 5G iPhone 12 models, Japan saw 11 million 5G smartphones shipped in 2020, an increase of 4,000% from the 269,000 5G smartphones shipped in 2019. Share 5G smartphone market share is 33.6% in Japan, thanks to the spectacular adoption rate.
Apple shipped half of smartphones sold in Japan in 2020 and is the number one company in the Japanese smartphone market according to this data. The popularity of these devices continues until 2021, and the adoption of 5G is expected to double again by March 2022.
Apple shipped the iPhone 12 with 5G internationally, but didn’t support the faster mmWave band anywhere outside of the United States. This is should change with the “iPhone 13, “which could lead to strong international demand for those looking for faster data speeds.
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