MEA Culpa: Mobile phone sales drop 5% in Mid-East and Africa in Q1 2013

MEA Culpa: Mobile phone sales drop 5% in Mid-East and Africa in Q1 2013
Despite a 5% drop in mobile phone sales for the first quarter in the MEA region (Mid-East and Africa), smartphone sales in the same region grew sequentially and year-over-year, led by the Apple iPhone 5. The latest iteration of Apple's iconic smartphone is now available in all of the MEA markets which gave the smartphone market a little spring in its step during the first three months of the year. The first quarter is usually a problematic one in the region because it follows a strong seasonal fourth quarter.

Annette Zimmermann, principal analyst at Gartner Deutschland GmbH, said that Apple iPhone 5 volume rose on a year-over-year basis. Including the surge in sales of that model, total smartphone sales were up 3% sequentially and 30% year-over-year to 11.44 million units. That topped the 11.2 million sales in the fourth quarter of last year, and the 8.45 million in sales to the region in the first quarter of last year.

Nokia remains the top mobile phone vendor in the region, although the Finnish OEM has seen its lead over second place Samsung shrink dramatically. In the most recent quarter, Nokia had 37% of the market compared to 25% for Samsung. The prior year saw Nokia with 48% market share and Nokia with 22%. The stronger smartphone market in the region might be playing right into Samsung's hands. BlackBerry lost some market share in the region while Apple picked some up.

Total handset sales in the region tallied 43.84 million in the first quarter with featurephones leading the way. Smartphones accounted for only 26.09% of sales in the period. Samsung has more than 50% of the smartphone market in the region with Apple holding an 11.4% piece of the pie. BlackBerry's smartphone market share is 10% followed by Sony and Nokia with 6.9% and 3.7% respectively.

source: TMCNet via WPCentral



3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It's pretty obvious that the iPhone 5 would be popular in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia they love to spend their millions on overpriced toys.

7. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

especially if covered in gold and dimonds while they dont know jack about how to use it beyond calls and sms mostly but hey its gold and dimond

8. Rocksteady unregistered

Well,, you are the expert, please go teach them how to use their phones and how to spend their money and live their lives. I agree with mas11 that they do like to spend money on overpriced stuff, but not all of them are ignorant.

9. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well if someone has so much cash to spend still half of them spent like its a joke then we cannot help them. not all are ignorant but many of them are for sure. they are most richest country in world yet one of the weakest and dependent in many espects so what do i think out of this context.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You misspelled diamond.

10. GamePlayer

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Says the guy who does not live in Saudi Arabia and does not know anything about it. Stop hating, please.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2396; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

At least they buying something worth it not plastics toys.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Me a culpa means it's not my fault... ®

2. cdgm2509

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

It actually means "it's my fault"


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

O mistake ®

5. Alan01

Posts: 668; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

It was a play on the initials MEA for Mid-East and Africa....geez guys! Alan F.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Also in the album ENIGMA® A song.

11. cdgm2509

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

haha sorry for that Alan :)

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