China's handset market forecast up 7.8% in 2009

Thursday 18 June 2009 | 14:59 CET | News
China's domestic mobile-handset shipments in the first quarter rose by 9 percent from 53 million in Q4, driven by government stimulus programmes and purchases for the New Year holidays, according to a new study from iSuppli. Sales of brand-name GSM mobile handsets amounted to 44 million units in the quarter, compared to 42 million in the first quarter of 2008, while branded CDMA wireless phone sales reached 5.8 million units, up 200 percent from the year-earlier quarter. Domestic white-box handset sales amounted to about 8 million units, down from 10 million. iSuppli forecasts that China's domestic handset market will amount to 238 million units in 2009, up 7.8 percent from 2008. Ongoing reductions in voice-service fees and declines in average handset selling prices will assure stable growth in China's mobile subscribers during the next five years, according to the research firm. The net additions of mobile subscribers for China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom during the first quarter amounted to 20 million, 5 million and 4 million, respectively.

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