Total worldwide mobile phone unit shipments surged in the third quarter of 2003.
The increase was driven by demand from first-time buyers in emerging markets and replacement buyers in mature markets, according to new research.
Analyst IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone QView reported that global mobile phone shipments grew by 21.2 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2003, and increased sequentially by 14 per cent to 130.1 million units.
Nokia maintained its top position, followed by Motorola, Samsung and Siemens, while strong competition saw LG Electronics regain the number five spot from Sony Ericsson.
IDC added that, with a growing number of vendors from Asia entering the worldwide market, "it remains to be seen if the top vendors can maintain their hold on market share".
David Linsalata, an analyst in IDC's Mobile Devices programme, said: "Consumer demand continued to build across all market segments in the third quarter, driving healthy performances for the top five vendors.
"The proliferation of camera phones and colour phones into the worldwide market continues to spark consumer interest in new handsets and spur the mobile phone market to higher growth."
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