Mobile phone sales set to contract by 2.4% this year

PTI Mumbai | Updated on November 11, 2019 Published on November 11, 2019

Mobile phone users have been 'sitting on the sidelines' this so far year

Gartner forecasts IT spending in India to total $94 billion next year

Mobile phone users have been “sitting on the sidelines” this so far year, which will lead to a 2.4 per cent contraction in spend on the devices to $33.379 billion, says a report.

Users are postponing their purchase plans, and the devices category under the overall IT sales will grow 6.3 per cent to $35.468 billion in 2020, global analyst firm Gartner said on Monday.

The negative forecast comes amid the deepening economic slowdown, driven by a drop in private consumption, and nobody is seeing any tangible improvements in the near- term. While Q1 growth hit a six-year-low at 5 percent, Q2 is expected to print in even lower.

However, according to a recent report, led by mobile phones, there was heavy jump in e-commerce sales during the recent festival season.

IT spend growth

“Next year will be a rebound year for the country’s IT spending as consumers return to purchasing mobile phones after sitting on the sidelines in 2019,” the report said, adding the overall IT spend growth is slated to clip at 6.6 per cent in 2020, from 2 pe rcent in 2019.

The country will close 2019 with an IT spend of $88.476 billion, up 2 per cent over 2018. But 2020 seems to be better, clipping at 6.6 per cent at $94.326 billion in 2020, the report said.



The fastest growing segment will be software at 15.2 per cent at $.354 billion, followed by IT services, at 13.4 per cent to $17.897 billion, it said.

Growth in spends on communication services will come in at 2 per cent to $29.788 billion in 2020, as against a marginal decline in 2019, it said, adding that data centre system spends growth will be flat at 2.5 per cent at $2.819 billion.

Published on November 11, 2019
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