Feeds

Mobile phone shipments to hit 1bn in 2006

Nokia and Motorola swallow even more of the market

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The number of mobile phones shipped worldwide rose by 31 per cent during the first quarter of 2006, according to new figures.

Strategy Analytics' latest study reveals that 229m mobile phones were shipped in the first three months of 2006. This marks the first time sales have passed the 200m mark in the opening quarter of the year.

Following such a good start to the year, Strategy Analytics has issued a revised forecast for yearly sales. The firm had originally estimated that 943m units would be shipped during 2006, up 15 per cent on the 817m mobiles sold in 2005. However, it now expects that shipments for the year will total 1bn, up 22 per cent on the previous year.

Moreover, the research firm claims that Nokia and Motorola, who account for over 50 per cent of the global market, are now starting to run away with the global handset market, at the expense of most of their rivals.

According to the new figures, Motorola was the star performer among vendors during the first quarter, reaching 20 per cent global market share for the first time since 1998. The manufacturer, which announced a 23 per cent rise in first quarter revenues to $10bn on Thursday, grew shipments at a staggering 61 per cent annual rate during the three month period due to strong demand for its RAZR, SLVR and PEBL handsets.

Nokia, the undisputed leading mobile vendor, pushed its worldwide market share to 33 per cent during the first quarter, up slightly on the preceding three months. However, the gap between it and Motorola has declined from 19 points in the first quarter of 2002 to just 13 points at the end of the first quarter 2006.

Samsung recorded a lacklustre 18 per cent annual growth rate during the first quarter and now has 12.7 per cent market share. South Korean manufacturer LG saw volume rise by an above average 41 per cent year-over-year due to healthy CDMA demand. It currently has 6.8 per cent share.

Rounding out the list of leading mobile vendors is Sony Ericsson, which experienced healthy demand for its music phones during the quarter to give it a market share of 5.8 per cent. The manufacturer shipped 13m units in total in the first quarter.

Moreover, the company has sold some 5.5m Walkman music phones worldwide since their launch in August 2005, equivalent to 16 per cent of Sony Ericsson's total shipments since then.

Copyright © 2006, ENN

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?