The total 4G LTE device shipments in the country reached 33 million in the calendar year 2015, a 1676% jump as compared to the calendar year 2014 with smartphones contributing a whopping 98% to the total shipments, according to CMR India annual LTE (4G) Devices Market Review, 2015.
The study said that tablets and data cards contributed 0.9% and 1.0%, respectively, towards the overall device shipments in CY 2015. Smartphones, data cards and tablets grew 1981%, 148% and 90% respectively in 2015 in shipments.
Samsung leads overall as well as in the Smartphones and Tablet PCs with 35% and 63% market shares respectively. Lenovo and Xiaomi stood 2nd and 3rd with 21% and 10% market shares respectively. The firm said that global and Chinese brands are strongly positioned in 4G technology segment, while Indian brands contribute mere 14% with Micromax being the only Indian brand in top 5 with 8% share. Cupertino-based Apple had 5% share of the overall 4G LTE device market in 2015.
Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice said, “We have now over 35 million users equipped with 4G capable devices. 4G has come at a very opportune time to give impetus to the growth of devices market resulting in such high number growths.”
“Contrary to 3G evolution, the ecosystem provisioning has been much rapid and smooth in case of 4G. To make the technology successful is now the onus of the operators by alighting the networks where they have already been set up,” he added.