Mobile handset market grows by 15 percent

Mobile handset market grows by 15 percent

Monday, 27 June 2011, 03:38 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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Mobile handset market grows by 15 percent
New Delhi: The Indian mobile handset market grew by 15 percent to a whopping 33,171 crore in 2010-11, with Nokia and Samsung emerging as top revenue earners, says a report.

According to an annual study by telecom industry journal Voice&Data, revenues of the Indian mobile handset market increased to Rs 33,171 crore in 2010-11 from Rs 28,897 crore an year ago.

Nokia retained the numero uno position in handset business with revenue of Rs 12,929 crore showing a growth of 0.2 per cent over Rs 12,900 crore it registered in FY 2009-10.

The Finnish firm has registered a flat growth as it lost market share in low-end segments to home grown handset makers such as Micromax, Karbonn and Spice whereas it's high-end phones faced a tough competition from brands like Samsung, BlackBerry and HTC.

"Nokia's loss market share due to lack of dual-SIM phones in its portfolio. Dual-SIM phones have become an increasing phenomenon among value conscious Indian consumers. For FY2010-11, Nokia enjoys a market share of 39 per cent," an analyst at Voice&Data said.

Nokia was followed by Samsung with an impressive 22 per cent rise in revenue to 5,720 crore. It has registered a market share of 17.2 per cent.

Samsung's success can be attributed to its rich product portfolio on various popular operating systems like Windows, Android and Bada. The company's entry level smartphone 'Wave' and 'Galaxy S' have been hugely successful during the period.

Micromax captured third slot with a revenue of Rs 2,289 crore in 2010-11, a 43 per cent jump from year-earlier. It has grabbed a market share of 6.9 per cent.

Canadian firm Research in Motion's brand BlackBerry and LG scored the fourth and fifth position with revenue of Rs 1,950 crore and Rs 1,210 crore, respectively.

In terms of market share, BlackBerry has 5.9 per cent shares, while LG, has a market share of 5.5 per cent.

Interestingly, G' Five, which has market shares of four per cent, witnessed highest growth of 75.6 per cent in revenue. While, Spice has seen a 11.5 per cent decline in revenue.

Other top 10 handset players include G'Five with a revenue of (Rs 1,326 crore) Karbonn ( Rs 1,004 crore), Spice (Rs 920 crore), Maxx (Rs 745 crore) and Sony Ericsson (Rs 690 crore).

Most other Indian brands including Lava, Intex and Zen have shown almost a flat growth.

The price conscious Indian consumers could benefit in the current fiscal as domestic handset players like Maxx, Karbonn and Micromax roll out made in India handsets from their own manufacturing plants.

The 'Voice&Data 100' covered all the mobile handset companies doing business in India across categories like feature phones, multimedia phones, enterprise phones and smartphones.
Source: PTI
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1: Yes. Mobile Phones are a phenomenal success in India.

As per a latest report by London based Informa Telecoms, India’s mobile subscriber base is set to rise to 1.159 billion by the end of 2013, thus making it the world’s largest mobile market. While India is poised to have phenomenal growth, the market in China is actually set to slow down. By the end of 2013, the number of active mobile subscriptions in China will be 1.106 billion.

The report also states that not only will India surpass China in terms of the total number of active subscriptions by 2013, but the Indian market will have a higher subscription penetration rate (75 per cent) than China’s by the end of 2011 (69 per cent). As per the last statistics of TRAI, the current Tele-density in India had reached 52.74 mark as on 31st March 2010.

Despite the higher growth rate in India, when it comes to operators and revenues, India will continue to lag behind. By the end of 2013, the Chinese mobile market will be worth approximately $107.5 billion, as compared to India’s mobile market, which is set to be worth approximately $35.5 billion.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP)
Posted by:Dr.A.Jagadeesh - 26 Jun, 2011