Nokia still rules UAE mobile market

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According to the latest report issued by UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Nokia has retained its top spot by keeping the largest market share of the UAE mobile market.

According to the latest report issued by UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Nokia has retained its top spot by holding onto the largest share of the UAE mobile market.

Titled, Smart Phone and Mobile Operating Systems, the report is an in-depth analysis of the most popular mobile phone handsets and operating systems across the UAE.

As of June 2013, Nokia enjoys the largest market share with 56.4 percent market share. Samsung has the second-largest share at 13.8 percent, followed by Blackberry with 10.7 percent and Apple at 7.4 percent.

Out of the total number of mobile handsets registered on networks within the UAE, smartphone penetration as of June 2013 stands at 44 percent. The most popular handset is the Samsung S3 representing 2.6 percent of all registered smartphones, followed by the iPhone 4S with 2.5 percent, the iPhone 4 with 2 percent ahead of iPhone 5 and Blackberry Bold 9900 both with 1.9 percent each.

Analysis on the operating systems (OS) used by smartphones in the UAE as of June 2013 revealed that, Nokia’s Symbian OS remains in the lead (38%) with Blackberry OS coming in second (23%) followed by Android (21%) and Apple- iOS (16%).

According to the report, out of the top five most popular handsets used in the UAE, Nokia produced four. In terms of the percentage of handsets by model, the Nokia 1280/1282 leads the way (3.9%), followed by the Nokia 101/1010 (3.6%), the Nokia X1 (3.3%), the Nokia E5 (3.0%) and the Samsung S III (2.6%).

Mobile Handset Market – Global Scenario

According to market research firm IDC, global mobile phone shipments grew 6 percent on-year in Q2 2013 to 432.1 million units.

Samsung remained as the top mobile handset vendor in the world by a huge margin according to IDC’s data. The South Korea-based giant shipped an estimated 113.4 million cell phones worldwide in Q2 to take 26.2 percent of the global market.

Nokia retained the No.2 global spot, but it handset shipments dropped 27 percent to 61.1 million units, equivalent to 14.1 percent market share.

Meanwhile, Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones taking the 3rd spot with a market share of 7.2 percent of the global mobile handset market in Q2.

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Rise while Feature Phones Decline

According to technology research firm Gartner, worldwide smartphone sales in Q2 of 2013 reached 225 million units, up 46.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012.

Keeping things in perspective, although sales of feature phones totaled 210 million units, overall sales are down a massive percent 21 percent year-over-year.

Photo: Are Sjøberg/Flickr

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