4G set to be fastest adopted technology

4G set to be fastest adopted technology

The adoption of 4G is set to rise at a faster rate than any other previous technology, new research has suggested.

According to the annual mobile phone forecast by telecoms analyst CCS Insight, found that the sales of 4G-ready handsets are set to rise by 1.2 billion by the year 2018.

Researchers claim that much of the growth has been driven by factors such as the fall in device pricing, as well as premiums for using the faster service being removed by operators before the end of this year.

There is expected to be a substantial level of growth on a global scale too, with sales expected to increase from £1.95 billion in 2014 to £2.29 billion in 2018.

Around 64 per cent of the sales this year will be made up of smartphones, although that number is set to reach 82 per cent in four years time.

The proportion of 4G-enabled devices is to nearly double from 26 per cent to 51 per cent.

CCS director of forecasting Marina Koytcheva said: “As Google solidified its partnership with Samsung and distanced itself from mobile phone manufacturing by selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, the forces threatening Android from within have been neutralised.

“Abolishing the licence fee for Windows devices with screens under nine inches and updating the software to work on lower-cost hardware will enable Microsoft to compete at new low price points, down to $120 (£71.34). "

He added that there was still a certain degree of doubt over the commitment of manufacturers to the Windows phone in comparison to Android, although there is evidence to suggest that it has benefitted from the business segment opened up by the difficulties of BlackBerry.

BlackBerry has once again offered fresh plans to move away from the handset market in order to focus on providing software solutions to its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) customers, meaning that the growth of Windows phones could be set to continue.