Indian Mobile Phone Sales Marked 50.2 Million Units in Q1 2012
According a research conducted by the CyberMedia Research, In India the demand for smartphones is steadily raising.
This escalation is most likely benefiting mobile operators, who have invested much on expanding 3G services in the year 2012.
The sources say that the number of 3G smartphones shipped to distributors and dealers in March 2012 reached to 4.7 million, which accounts to an impressive growth rate of 34.3%. The interesting thing to know from this report is that the share of 3G phones helped growth in the mobile handset market. They accounted for a 9.4% of the total shipments in the quarter ending March 2012, up from a 7.6% share registered during the same period in the last year (2011).
As the tariffs of 3G services got down in India many users are showing their interest towards these services and many could even able to afford it. This let the market for both 3G-enabled devices and mobile broadband-driven content to see an upward trend in the prospective quarters.
Another finding in this research is that, devices with Multi-SIM have sustained to be much admired among Indian mobile users, as they represent 2/3rd of the total sales. Despite the fact that Nokia, which made a quite late entry to the dual-SIM segment, it ranked top in overall mobile phone market with a 23% share, while Samsung stood in second place with 14.1%. The Indian manufacturer Micromax is also in the battle stood in third position with 5.8% share. These ranks varied in the view of smartphones market, where Samsung, Nokia and RIM stood in top three positions with 40.4%, 25.5% and 12.3% shares respectively.
The overall India mobile phone sales have marked the sales of 50.2 million devices in January-March 2012, which is up by 9.1% year-on-year. And smartphones has registered 5.3% of units sold which is approximately a 1/4th of the total mobile phones revenues.