5G won't return mobile market to growth in 2020

The analyst firm is predicting the mobile phone market will contract by 14.6 per cent this year, as restrictions on movement and an economic slowdown cause delayed or cancelled purchases of new devices. As the initial epicentre of Covid-19, China was the first country in the world to impose restrictions on citizen movement and activity in a bid to contain the virus’s spread. Sales in the country rose by 14.2 per cent in April, providing hope to other markets that recovery isaround the corner. Sales will fall by a tenth in 2020 but this would have been worse without purchases of laptops and Chromebooks to support people working from home during the pandemic.