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UPDATED: 15:55, March 01, 2006
World's mobile phones sales volume totals 816 million in 2005: Report
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Driven by strong demands in the booming economies, the mobile phone sales volume worldwide posted a bullish growth of 21 percent in 2005 over the previous year, reaching 816 millions, a market report said Wednesday.

Mobile phones sales growth last year focused on major handsets manufacturers with the selling of six brands, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Erisson and Siemens accounting for 78.4 percent of the global market shares, according to a report by Gartner Inc., a global research and analysis company on the information technology industry.

The big six had further expanded their presence on the handsets market in 2005 and the market space for other brands was greatly squeezed, according to the report.

The Finland-based Nokia still kept its leading position in the market with 266 million Nokia handsets being sold in 2005, or 32.5 percent of the global market.

The U.S.-based Motorola was the second largest mobile phone maker behind Nokia last year, selling 145 million handsets. Samsung took the third place in the market with its sales reaching 103 million mobile phones.

Carolina Milanesi, chief analyst of Gartner's mobile sectors in Britain's Egham, said mobile phone markers had to rely more on mass production or carefully tapping unique markets to survive increasingly intense competition.

The competition had imposed impact on the prices of the low-end markets while leading to more intense competition between handset makers in their designs and technology.

Source: Xinhua

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