Saturday, April 23, 2005

China's Mobile Phone Market Heating up

From BusinessWeek: China's mobile phone market heating up

"China's homegrown mobile phone handset manufacturers will continue to see operating margins squeezed over the rest of this year as there is no sign that the intense competition will abate soon. The market will get chillier as new competitors crowd in following the recent introduction of a standardized licensing policy for the industry, said Ann Liang, chief analyst for mobile terminals research in Asia-Pacific at market researchers Gartner Inc."

"In 2004, Chinese consumers bought around 68 million handsets, according to Gartner's data. Nokia was the leading vendor with around 20 percent market share, followed by Motorola Inc. with 12 percent.
Ningbo Bird Co. and TCL Corp., the fourth and fifth largest vendors with 8.6 percent and 7.2 percent market shares, respectively, were the two leading domestic vendors."

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