According to the latest study from Canalys, sales of smartphones such as the Nokia 3650 and the Sony Ericsson’s P800, have been responsible for most of the growth of the market of mobile communication devices in the area Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to data from the first quarter of 2003. Other conclusions of the report was that after subdued sales over the past two years, sales of this type of equipment begin finally to present positive signals.
Equipment segment centered on (voice centric), which includes smartphones and feature phones, Nokia is a leader with a market share of 78%, followed by Sony Ericsson with 15% and Orange with market 5%. Sustained sales of two smartphone makers made this the first quarter in which more than a million devices equipped with Symbian operating system were sold in EMEA.
with regard to data-centric devices (data-centric), where the Canalys includes PDAs with and without wireless communication, the Palm was the company with better results, with the market 34%-the same percentage to the previous quarter and increasing their sales in 45%. In second place comes the HP, with market share and 25% with a growth of only 2% over the same period last year.
Other companies experiencing positive sales numbers was Sony, which, thanks to a very policy oriented to the desires of consumers in terms of multimedia in this type of appliance, grew 64% compared to the first quarter of 2002, this being the second-best quarter ever your in EMEA.
senior analyst Canalys, Chris Jones, said in a statement that “sales of high-end phones are growing according to our forecasts. While the cameras are still the main attraction for many, users will increasingly take advantage of other data services “. And for the future of this market Chris Jones predicts that “the challenge for the mobile communications market as a whole is to extend the functionality of these devices beyond the traditional applications of mobile phones and PDAs.
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