Japan’s Cellphone Edge: Forecast: 5.5 million enterprise smartphone users in Japan in 2015
Recent research findings from IDC show that 2010 was the last peak year for feature mobile phones to penetrate the enterprise ranks in Japan, hitting the all highs of 12.12 million accounts. However, from this year on the feature phones will gradually decrease in numbers giving the way to trendy smartphones. According to IDC Japan, the enterprise smartphone user numbers are to double in 2011 to 1.34 million from 650K users in 2010. In 2015, the smartphone accounts are forecasted to reach 5.54 million versus about 10 million feature phones.
IDC Japan: smartphones start replacing feature phone in enterprise
IDC also reports that there were over one million of enterprise data card users and some 3G/WiFi router and media tablet (iPod?) business users in very low numbers.
IDC also noted that the earthquake disaster that hit Japan in March was a catalyst for companies to speed up the adoption of mobile PCs after realizing the importance of mobile workforce in disaster-hit areas. IDC forecasts the number of business mobility PC users to grow from 4.54 million in 2010 to 5 million this year (not shown in the charts in this post). In 2015, they will account for 6.75 million.