World’s Largest Phone Manufacturers By Units Sold

The mobile phone segment is very competitive with every quarter bringing some sort of a surprise. Back in May this year, I had written about an IDC report that had listed the world’s five largest mobile phone manufacturers. Nokia, quite unsurprisingly, had the top slot while Research In Motion and Sony Ericsson had their spots […]

The mobile phone segment is very competitive with every quarter bringing some sort of a surprise. Back in May this year, I had written about an IDC report that had listed the world’s five largest mobile phone manufacturers. Nokia, quite unsurprisingly, had the top slot while Research In Motion and Sony Ericsson had their spots in the top five secured.

Just a few months and a few launches later, there seems to be a complete revamp of the last three positions. Thanks to a robust growth in sales despite a number of reported bugs, Apple has notced a spot in the top five. LG has had a lackluster period and has seen the number of units sold drop. Sony Ericsson is out of the top five.

Here is the latest top five list along with the units sold in the quarter Q3 2010. The corresponding worldwide market share is in the brackets.

1. Nokia : 110.4 million (32.4%)
2. Samsung : 71.4 million (21.0%)
3. LG Electronics : 28.4 million (8.3%)
4. Apple : 14.1 million (4.1%)
5. RIM : 12.4 million (3.6%)
Others : 103.8 million (30.5%)
Total : 340.5 million (100%)

Most Common Non-Voice Data Applications On Mobile Phone

Mobile phones, and I am speaking not just about smartphones, are increasingly being used to serve non-voice applications. Today, it is pretty commonplace to substitute your camera, alarm clock, watch and MP3 player with your cell phone. According to a study by Pew Internet, the number of people using a mobile phone to take pictures […]

Mobile phones, and I am speaking not just about smartphones, are increasingly being used to serve non-voice applications. Today, it is pretty commonplace to substitute your camera, alarm clock, watch and MP3 player with your cell phone.

According to a study by Pew Internet, the number of people using a mobile phone to take pictures has increased by 10 percentage points in just the past one year. A similar increase in usage is also being noticed on other common non-voice activities like internet access, playing music and video recording.

Here is a list of non-voice data applications on mobile phones and the percentage of survey respondents who claimed to have used the feature. The responses are from May 2010. Corresponding responses from April 2009 are offered in brackets

Take picture : 76% (66%)
Send/Receive SMS : 72% (65%)
Play Game : 34% (27%)
Send/Receive Email : 34% (25%)
Access Internet : 38% (25%)
Play Music : 33% (21%)
Send/Receive IM : 30% (20%)
Record Video : 34% (19%)

Number Of 3G Subscribers In India [Forecast]

The auctions for 3G licensing just got completed in India and several carriers are expected to begin roll-out of the services from later this year. According to the latest report from Wireless Intelligence, what this will mean is close to 150 million 3G subscribers in India by the end of 2014. While that can be […]

The auctions for 3G licensing just got completed in India and several carriers are expected to begin roll-out of the services from later this year.

According to the latest report from Wireless Intelligence, what this will mean is close to 150 million 3G subscribers in India by the end of 2014. While that can be a big number, if you compare this with the number of mobile subscribers (1.159 billion by 2013), it will seem to be a miniscule proportion.

Which of the carriers will be the biggest winners? The study takes a look at the projected 3G market share among the Indian carriers

BSNL : 22%
Airtel : 20%
Vodafone : 14%
Tata Tele : 11%
Idea Cellular : 11%
Aircel : 10%
Reliance : 9%
MTNL : 2%
S Tel : 1%


Number Of Mobile Subscribers In Canada

eMarketer notes that the mobile phone penetration in Canada is close to 5 percentage points lesser than the penetration numbers in USA. That means, there are close to 25 million mobile users in Canada at this point. This number is however on the rise and is expected to get close to the 30 million mark […]

eMarketer notes that the mobile phone penetration in Canada is close to 5 percentage points lesser than the penetration numbers in USA. That means, there are close to 25 million mobile users in Canada at this point. This number is however on the rise and is expected to get close to the 30 million mark in a few more years.

Here are the number of mobile phone subscribers and the corresponding mobile penetration rate recorded over the last few years and projected forward

2008 : 21.6 million (65%)
2009 : 22.9 million (68.4%)
2010 : 24.5 million (72.6%)
2011 : 26.0 million (76.3%)
2012 : 27.3 million (79.5%)
2013 : 28.4 million (82%)
2014 : 29.5 million (84.7%)


World’s Largest Mobile Market : India Vs. China

According to a recent study by Informa Telecoms & Media, India is all set to overtake China with respect to mobile phone subscriptions by 2013. While the growth has been terrific in volume terms, the ARPU are still expected to lower which will mean that network operators will still be able to gain better margins […]

According to a recent study by Informa Telecoms & Media, India is all set to overtake China with respect to mobile phone subscriptions by 2013. While the growth has been terrific in volume terms, the ARPU are still expected to lower which will mean that network operators will still be able to gain better margins out of their operations in China than in India. Here are some numbers from the study

Number of active mobile subscriptions
India
2000 : 3.2 million
2009 : 508 million
2013 : 1.159 billion (128% since 2009)

China
2009 : 773 million
2013 : 1.106 billion (43% since 2009)

Mobile Subscription Penetration Rate
India : 75% (2011)
China : 69% (2011)
India is expected to cross the 100% penetration rate by 2014

Mobile Market Revenues : 2013
China : $107.5 billion
India : $35.5 billion

ARPU : 2010
China : $10
India : $3

While the numbers are interesting, projections with respect to revenues/ARPU for 2013 is anybody’s guess at the moment. India has just auctioned its 3G spectrum and nobody can tell for sure if this is going to be a boom or bust. The revenues and ARPU are going to be greatly skewed due to this aspect.


US Network Carriers With Highest Percentage Of Dropped Calls

Ever since the smartphone revolution took off with the launch of iPhone in 2007, the network carriers have had a torrid time in keeping their networks free from congestion. Quite evidently, the operator to have been affected the most is AT&T thanks to its exclusive partnership with Apple for the sale of iPhones in USA. […]

Ever since the smartphone revolution took off with the launch of iPhone in 2007, the network carriers have had a torrid time in keeping their networks free from congestion. Quite evidently, the operator to have been affected the most is AT&T thanks to its exclusive partnership with Apple for the sale of iPhones in USA. Despite all the serious work done by the company over the past few months, dropped calls still seem to be dogging the company’s network.

A recent study by ChangeWave looked into the percentage of dropped calls across the largest network carriers in USA. Here are the results

AT&T : 4.5%
T-Mobile : 2.8%
Sprint : 2.4%
Verizon : 1.5%


US Mobile Phone Carriers Market Share

ComScore has published its latest metrics on the US mobile phone market. There has not been too many changes in rankings since we wrote about them for December of last year.
There has only been a minor change in the market share as well. Only AT&T and Tracfone have gained any market share at all […]

ComScore has published its latest metrics on the US mobile phone market. There has not been too many changes in rankings since we wrote about them for December of last year.

There has only been a minor change in the market share as well. Only AT&T and Tracfone have gained any market share at all in this period while Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have lost a minor share of the market. Sprint has however overtaken T-Mobile in the rankings since then. Here is the top five listing and the market share of network carriers measured for March 2010

1. Verizon : 31.1%
2. AT&T : 25.2%
3. Sprint : 12.0%
4. T-Mobile : 12.0%
5. Tracfone : 5.1%