Nokia leads Chinese phone market

15 Apr 2005

New figures suggest that the Chinese mobile handset market grew 14% last year, with foreign manufacturers Nokia, Motorola and Samsung still heading the sales lists, although domestic suppliers are fighting back. Research firm Gartner said 68 million handsets were shipped in 2004, with China accounting for around 12% of world sales. Nokia increased its share of the Chinese market from 15% in 2003 to almost 20% last year and in the process overtook Motorola, which saw its own share slip from 17% to 12.1%. Number three vendor Samsung rose to 11.9%, from 10.5%. The largest local manufacturer, Ningbo Bird, saw its share fall from 10% to 8.6%, while Chinese rival TCL Communications Technology dropped from 9.7% to 7.2%. Domestic suppliers now account for around 40% of the Chinese phone market, up from just 5% five years ago according to Gartner.