Report: Smartphone connections to reach 6B by 2020

The number of smartphone connections will grow three-fold over the next six years, reaching 6 billion by 2020 and accounting for two-thirds of the 9 billion mobile connections by that time. According to a report from GSMA Intelligence, smartphones account for one in three mobile connections today, representing more than 2 billion mobile connections. The study forecasts that basic phones, feature phones and data terminals such as tablets, dongles and routers will account for the remaining connections. The study excludes M2M from the connections totals. Meanwhile the developing world overtook the developed world in terms of smartphone connections in 2011 and today accounts for two in every three smartphones on the planet. It is predicted that by 2020, four out of every five smartphone connections worldwide will come from the developing world. Report