Despite economic slowdowns related to the coronavirus, consumer interest in 5G cellular technology apparently hasn’t subsided. The latest evidence comes from market research firm Strategy Analytics, which that shipments of 5G phones in the first quarter of 2020 alone outstripped all of 2019’s 5G phone shipments, thanks in large part to strong demand from Chinese consumers.
Today’s report is equally important for end users and businesses, as it suggests that widespread adoption of the next-generation cellular standard — and its massive speed benefits — is likely to continue regardless of the pandemic. Companies shipped 24.1 million 5G phones during the quarter, nearly 29% more devices than the 18.7 million shipped across all of 2019. Demand was strongest in China, despite significant disruptions wrought by COVID-19 during