Monday, March 06, 2006

Gartner: 45 million handsets shipped in Japan in 2005

Yaromir over at Japan's Cellphone Edge picks up a Garter release in Japanese that finds "Japanese carriers sold 11.7 million handsets in 4Q 2005, while the year 2005 total handset shipments reached 45 million terminals. The demand for music playback feature by youngsters drove the handset replacement purchases."

According to Yaromir, "Apart from Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony and Swedish Ericsson, Japan’s domestic makers did not expand their market shares, failing to address the market needs or finding niche markets. The fragmentation of the domestic market also did not help improve the situation, because standalone Japanese makers lack the economies of scale to compete with the world leaders."