Smart device sales up 11.7% for EMEA
SMART MOBILE device shipments were up 11.7% from last year, in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to 7.3 million units in the third quarter of 2006, according to research firm Canalys.
Nokia maintained its leadership position in EMEA boosting unit sales 13.5% to 5.5 million — representing a market share in excess of 75%. Sales of converged devices climbed 19.2% while unconnected handheld shipments slipped 42.7% yearon- year. Second-placed HTC was the fastest growing vendor in the top five with year-on-year unit shipments almost quadrupling to 298,730 units.
In terms of operating systems (OS), Symbian’s share rose to 78.7% pushing Microsoft down to 16.9%.
RIM picked up third spot with year-on-year unit shipments climbing 10.1% to 253,420 units.
With BlackBerry currently building up an operator-focused channel in the Middle East through companies such as Etisalat, Mobily and Batelco, this region can be expected to start making a significant contribution to the EMEA figure in the coming quarters.
Symbian-based vendor Sony Ericsson re-entered the top five in the third quarter, shipping 219,010 units for fourth place.