August 18, 2020
Smartphone Shipments Nose-Dived 20% During Q1 What Is The Impact To Telecom Operators?
Smartphone shipments have been slashed across the industry during the first three months of 2020, though Xiaomi managed to post some year-on-year growth.
It might have only been marginal, a far shot from what the management team would have expected as this point last year, but a 1.4% year-on-year increase for Xiaomi shipments was as good as it got for the worlds’ leading smartphone manufacturers.
“The coronavirus pandemic caused the global smartphone market to experience its worst decline ever,” said Anshul Gupta of Gartner. “Most of the leading Chinese manufacturers and Apple were severely impacted by the temporary closures of their factories in China and reduced consumer spending due to the global shelter-in-place.”
Smartphone shipments nose-dived 20% during Q1 What Is The Impact To Telecom Operators?
Operators over the last 5 years have been dependent upon the sales/financing of Smartphone hardware to drive revenue growth.
We’ve seen most Telecom operators report their Q2 earnings and they were not good at all.
There are 2 interesting observations that are true of every Telecom provider :
1) Hardware sales down massively
2) B2B challenges particularly in Bad Debt Expenses and losses to their retail sales teams associated with BYOD & BYOE
How will 5G hardware sales be impacted on a go forward basis?
How will B2B Telco teams be impacted?
What must a B2B Telco sales person do to be successful in the future?