Need a new smartphone? Covid-19 has other ideas, says report

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Need a new smartphone? Covid-19 has other ideas, says report

The forecast for Africa and the Middle East is grim thanks to the damage to global supply chains

Mudiwa Gavaza

Local consumers in the market for a new smartphone may have to wait a bit longer as the coronavirus’s damage to global supply chains could result in fewer devices reaching shops, according to a new report by the International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC has revised its forecast for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) smartphone market in 2020 downwards, with shipments now expected to decline marginally year on year.

The research firm has come up with a number of scenarios about how the virus could affect these shipments. Under its most conservative scenario, the IDC’s forecast for year-on-year smartphone shipment growth across the MEA region in 2020 has been brought down from an increase of 2.4% to a 0.4% contraction...

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