Over 15.8 million 4G/LTE devices were imported in the first quarter of 2016 in India, a report said on Friday. Of these, 97.9 percent were smartphones followed by internet data cards at 1.5 percent and the remaining 0.6 percent were tablet PCs. This amounts to 63 percent of the cellular devices shipped through the quarter, said the report by market research company CyberMedia Research (CMR) “Quarterly India LTE Devices” report. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdownsAlso Read - How is the Smartphone Industry Trend in 2021?
“The smartphone industry was the first to bank upon the 4G wave. Now as the services go live with multiple operators, it is the time for other devices to ride on the growth path,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst (Telecoms) at CMR in a statement. In the mobile phones segment, Samsung, Lenovo and Reliance Industries’s LYF are the three leaders with 32 percent, 14 percent and 13 percent market shares, respectively.
In tablets, Samsung, Apple and iBall are the three leading brands with 58 percent, 16 percent and 12 percent market shares, respectively. However, in the internet data cards segment, Huawei, ZTE and Micromax were the only three players shipping 4G devices in the first quarter and their shares stood at 40 percent, 31 percent and 29 percent, respectively.