India Sells 10,000 Phone Per Hour in Q1 ’08

According to IDC India, close to 85 million mobile phones were shipped in India between April 2007 and March 2008, compared to just under 66 million units shipped over the equivalent period a year ago. This was a record and amounts to a year-on-year growth of around 29 percent in terms of units.

Kapil Dev Singh, Country Manager, IDC India said, “This growth comes on the back of a burgeoning mobile services market and lower entry barriers across various customer categories, as average selling values (ASVs) of handsets continue to fall in the wake of a highly competitive landscape populated by close to 25 vendors.”

FY 2007-08 also witnessed shares of higher-level air interfaces rising. EDGE and WCDMA-enabled mobile phones contributed 15.4% and 3.1% of the total mobile phone shipments in 2007-08 compared to 7.4% and 1.2%, respectively, in 2006-07.

Naveen Mishra, Manager, Communications Research at IDC India, said, “As the need of Indian mobile phone consumers is evolving, they are demanding feature-rich devices, which can cater to their business communication requirements as well as their personal needs.”

Shipments in Q1 2008 stood at more than 22 million handsets, which amounts to around 10,000 mobile phones being shipped every hour during the quarter. In the same quarter a year ago (Q1 ’07), just under 18 million mobile phones were shipped.

Overall, Nokia retained the top spot with a market share of 52.8%, followed by LG at 10.2%, and Samsung at 8.3% in terms of units shipped during the quarter ended March 31, 2008.

Posted to the site on 19th June 2008

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