Nokia remains the top manufacture; smartphones gain 10% market share.
Mobile phone sales in the Middle East and Africa region are scaling upward, crossing past a year on year (YoY) increase of more than 30 per cent, according to a report from Gulfnews.
Sales for the region amounted to 34.41 million in Q1 2010, compared with 26.16 million in the same period in 2009. That’s about 31.53% jump in mobile sales.
“Out of the total units, smartphone sales reached 3.4 million, an increase of 29.92 per cent compared to 2.7 million during the same period last year, as mobile e-mail, rich messaging and social networking continue to drive demand for smartphones across the region,” Annette Zimmermann, Senior Research Analyst, Mobile Devices Technology and Service Provider Research at Gartner, told the paper.
Smartphones are also gaining a piece of the market share, accounting for 9.88% of all mobile sales in the first quarter of this year.
Unsurprisingly, Nokia remained as the top manufacture in the region with sales of 23.37 million units, a YoY growth of more than 51%. Following Nokia was Samsung with 5.62 million units, a YoY increase of more than 7%; LG with 1.75 million units, a YoY decrease of 6.08; and Sony Ericsson with 1.17 million units, a YoY decrease of 21.75%.
“The first quarter also saw some movement outside the top five mobile handset vendor rankings. Chinese manufacturer G-Five made its debut into the top five for the first time, grabbing 1.8 per cent of market share in the first quarter of 2010 and replacing Motorola,” Annette said.