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Nokia leads in global mobile phone sales, Motorola second

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 5 (UNI) Cellphone vending giant Nokia has been pegged as the global leader in the field with a 32.5 per cent market share in 2005, as Motorola isa distant second with 17.7 per cent share, a Gartner report here said.

Significantly, Nokia enjoys a market share that is more than double of its nearest competitor in Europe and Asia and its share is thrice than its nearest competitor in Eastern Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.

Motorola, still the no. one in the North American market, has out-shown Korean giant Samsung to be at the second position in Asia-Pacific region, the report said.

Motorola added another feather to its cap by recording the largest market share growth amongst the top cellphone vendors last year.

Samsung retained its third position globally with a marketshare of 12.7 per cent, registering only a marginal 0.1 per cent increase.

However, it adopted the strategy of favouring margins over market share by completely eschewing any price wars with its competitors.

The fourth, fifth and sixth positions were occupied by LG, Sony Ericsson and Siemens with a 6.7 per cent, 6.3 per cent and 3.5 per cent market share, respectively, in global terms.

Last year turned out to be a good one for cellphone vendors with mobile phone sales catapulting northwards by a healthy 21 per cent at 816.6 million units, with the top six players hogging major market share, leaving the smaller vendors way behind.

According to the Gartner report, the top six players together accounted for 79.4 per cent of the total worldwide mobile phone sales, with all the smaller vendors put together accounting for the remaining 16.3 per cent.

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