Newest perception from the Worldwide Knowledge Company (IDC), has revealed that cargo of smartphone in Nigeria, and different components of Africa dropped by 7.1 per cent within the first quarter (Q1) 2019, quarter on quarter (QoQ), to 21.5 million.
The worldwide expertise analysis and consulting agency’s lately printed Quarterly Cell Telephone Tracker confirmed the continent’s two largest markets – Nigeria and South Africa – underperformed resulting from seasonal results, posting QoQ declines of 14.7 per cent, and 23.Four per cent, respectively.
A analysis analyst at IDC, Arnold Ponela, mentioned whereas Africa’s smartphone market skilled a QoQ decline, shipments really elevated 5.6 per cent when seen yr on yr (YoY).
Ponela mentioned the YoY enhance signifies that the market is exhibiting some indicators of enchancment, whereas the QoQ decline might be attributed to the historically weaker efficiency of Q1 versus the seasonal buoyancy of This autumn, along with disappointing leads to some giant markets.
In line with IDC, Nigeria noticed smartphone shipments of two.three million models in Q1 2019, down 11.9 per cent YoY.
“The nation’s poor efficiency might be attributed to a three-week embargo on shipments of Chinese language cell phone manufacturers into the nation, which negatively affected main market gamers.
“Financial exercise is normally gradual within the first quarter and in Q1 2019 it was additional exacerbated by widespread insecurity and the one-week postponement of the final election”, the IDC acknowledged.
South Africa’s general cell phone market contracted 4.Zero per cent YoY in Q1 2019 to complete 4.7 million models. “The decline can be attributed to seasonal factors, with Q1 traditionally being the slowest quarter of the year,” mentioned Ponela, including, “there was also an issue with overstocking in the channel because of the buoyant volumes seen during Q4, traditionally the strongest, when demand is stirred by Black Friday and the Christmas season.”

IDC famous that the Africa’s smartphone market continues to be spurred by the rising recognition of low-end to mid-range gadgets.

Transsion manufacturers (Tecno and Itel) high these segments and stay the continent’s leaders by way of general smartphone shipments, collectively accounting 33.1 per cent of the market’s quantity in Q1 2019. Samsung adopted in second place with 24.5 per cent unit share. Huawei ranked third with a unit share of 11.eight per cent.
“With most of the continent’s markets experiencing numerous economic challenges, it is clear that cheaper phones offering better value will increasingly dominate the market,” Ponela acknowledged.
Within the characteristic cellphone house, shipments have been down 5.eight per cent QoQ and 0.three per cent YoY in Q1 2019, with shipments totaling 31.6 million models.

Characteristic telephones nonetheless represent a big 59.9 per cent share of the overall cell phone market resulting from their relative affordability and sturdiness, and so they proceed to play an essential function in connecting much more Africans to the web. Transsion manufacturers Tecno and Itel proceed to dominate the characteristic cellphone panorama with a mixed unit share of 59.7 per cent, adopted in third place by HMD with 9.2 per cent share.
Wanting forward, IDC expects Africa’s general cell phone market to complete 50.9 million models in Q2 2019, reflecting a YoY decline of 5.three per cent brought on by sharp downturns in most nations.
In line with a analysis supervisor at IDC, Ramazan Yavuz, “Africa is susceptible to challenging local macroeconomic environments as well as to the global tensions surrounding international trade. Another factor is the rise of protectionist measures aimed at controlling smartphone shipments in multiple countries, which causes sudden short-term swings in the market’s performance.”
IDC’s analysis confirmed that 4G LTE networks are persevering with to unfold their attain in Africa, with shipments of 4G LTE gadgets rising 15.1 per cent YoY in Q1 2019 to represent 67.1 per cent of the smartphone market.
“A drop in prices for entry-level 4G phones and discounted tariff and data plans on the operator side are driving this growth. However, despite the rapid penetration of 4G handsets, 2G and 3G mobile devices remain resilient as an economical option for price sensitive consumers,” Yavuz acknowledged.