Cellphone shipments falls 3 pc in April-June; Nokia No 1 seller

27 SEP, 2011, 04.46PM IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: Mobile handset shipments to Indiadeclined by 3 per cent in the April-June period compared to the previous quarter due to inventory build-up and reworking on product line-up by vendors, says research firm IDC.

However, on year-on-year basis, the shipments were higher by 6 per cent in the period under review.

“Shipments cooled down a bit in the April-June quarter of 2011, partly due to an inventory build-up from the preceding quarters and partly because vendors apparently paused to take a re-look at their product portfolio strategies,” Deepak Kumar, Research Director at to International Data Corporation (IDC), India, said in a statement.

India-based vendors have particularly been busy planning their debuts in the smartphone category, Kumar said.

During the quarter, smartphone segment showed growth of 68 per cent year-on-year and a marginal growth of 0.4 per cent over the January-March 2011 quarter, to garner a share of 5.6 per cent of the overall mobile phone market, IDC said.

Finnish cellphone company Nokia was the leader in both feature phone and smartphone categories with 25 per cent and 45.8 per cent share respectively in total units shipped during the quarter.

Korean company Samsung stood second with 15 per cent and 21 per cent share in featured and smartphone segment.

BlackBerry-maker RIM occupied third spot with 15 per cent handset shipment during the quarter.

“A noteworthy development in the quarter was that smartphones with average sales values of Rs 18,000 and above witnessed a significant growth of 31 per cent over the preceding quarter and a whopping 96 per cent growth over second quarter of calendar year 2010,” G Rajeev, Lead Analyst, Mobile Devices, IDC said.

Karbonn, Micromax, Lava, Spice and MAXX were among top five home grown brand which jointly accounted for 19 per cent of overall shipments, IDC said.

IDC observed shipments of Google’s Android operating system based mobile handsets growing 10 per cent during the quarter compared to previous January to March 2011 quarter.

[Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/telecom/cellphone-shipments-falls-3-pc-in-april-june-nokia-no-1-seller/articleshow/10140261.cms]

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