Mobile handset revenues drop 5 per cent

The Indian mobile handset market saw a drop of five per cent in revenues during 2011-12 to Rs 31,215 crore from Rs 33,031 crore a year ago, according to an annual survey.

The survey by the journal Voice & Data attributes this drop to reduction in feature phones sales as well as lower average selling values.

It surveyed over 30 mobile handset firms – both multinational and Indian – selling feature phones, multimedia phones, enterprise phones and smartphones in India. Nokia remained the number one player in the handset business in 2011-12 with revenue of Rs 11,925 crore, despite an eight per cent drop over Rs 12,929 crore revenues posted in the previous financial year.

South Korean giant Samsung saw its revenues grow by 38 per cent to Rs 7,891 crore and be in the number two spot with a market share of 25.3 per cent, thanks to its rich product portfolio based on Windows, Android and Bada operating systems.

Homegrown handset company Micromax with revenues of Rs 1,978 crore was ranked number three. It, however, recorded a 13 per cent negative growth and had a market share of 6.3 per cent. Among global companies, Canadian BlackBerry maker Research In Motion dropped 25 per cent, to post revenues of Rs 1,460 crore. At number four, Blackberry Taiwanese handset maker HTC saw maximum growth – 105 per cent – among all the brands surveyed.
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