Smartphones account for 46% of UAE-registered handsets: TRA

Nation’s telecom regulator reveals Q3 data on UAE mobile market

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Smartphones account for 46% of UAE-registered handsets: TRA The TRA’s report reveals the market share of mobile phones in the UAE by manufacturer and model.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  December 22, 2013

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released a report on the nation's most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites.

Investigating the current state of the market, the report reveals the market share of mobile phones in the UAE by manufacturer and model.

According to the report, during the third quarter of this year, 46% of handsets registered on UAE networks were smartphones, a figure that has increased during each quarter in 2013.

In smartphone model rankings, the iPhone 5 was the nation's most commonly used smartphone, accounting for 2.8% of the total handsets registered. The Samsung S3 was the second most popular handset with 2.5% of the market share, followed by iPhone 4S (2.3%), iPhone 4 and BlackBerry 9900 (both 1.8%); Samsung S4 (1.6%); Galaxy S Duos (1.2); BlackBerry Bold 9790 (1.1%) and BlackBerry Bold 9780 (1.0%).

The report indicates that 56.2% of all handsets registered on UAE networks were manufactured by Nokia followed by Samsung (16.4%), BlackBerry (10.2%) and Apple (7.8%); LG (1%); Sony (0.9%); Huawei (0.5%) and HTC (0.6%).  Unlike Nokia and Blackberry, Samsung and Apple recorded increases in their market shares in Q3. 

In terms of general handset models, the Nokia 101/1010 (4.1%) was the most popular mobile handset in UAE in Q3 surpassing the Nokia 1280/1282 which was the most popular in the previous quarter. In Q3, the Nokia 1280/1282 (3.7%) was the second most popular handset followed by both the Nokia X1 and Nokia E5 (3.0%); iPhone 5 (2.8%); Samsung S III (2.5%); iPhone 4S (2.3%); the iPhone 4 and BlackBerry Bold 9900 (both 1.8%); Samsung S4 (1.6); Galaxy S Duos (1.2%); BlackBerry Bold 9790 (1.1%) and BlackBerry Bold 9780 (1.0%).

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