Sony Ericsson has moved into fourth position in the global mobile handset market, partly due to strong demand for its Walkman phone.
According to newly published data from Gartner, the growth in sales for Sony means that LG Electronics has been knocked into fifth place. Meanwhile, the market leaders Nokia and Motorola have extended their gap from the trailing pack.
Nokia’s market share rose to 32.6 per cent from 31.9 per cent in the three months ending in September. Motorola grew to 18.7 per cent from 17.9 per cent. Samsung is the main loser with a fall to 12.5 per cent share.
Meanwhile Europe's mobile market has shown consistent growth for several years. By the end of 2005, mobile penetration in the majority of EU countries approached or exceeded 100 per cent, and growth continued to be strong in most markets. Europe's regional penetration is set to breach 100 per cent in 2006 or early 2007.
3G is expected to be an important catalyst for further growth during the next few years but GSM remains the dominant platform, accounting for 97 per cent of all subscribers, of whom about 80 per cent were on prepaid plans. SMS remains the most successful data service, accounting for 15-20 per cent of many operators' revenues in 2005, and up to 95 per cent of data revenues.
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