According to ABI Research, total shipments of mobile handsets are expected to total 1.34 billion by the end of 2010. Maintaining this momentum all the way to 2015 should see the number rise to more than 1.7 billion handset shipments.
She states that while China is a major source of handset sales, India and Indonesia are also expanding their domestic demand.
Indonesia's 240 million people purchased 33 million handsets in 2009 and that figure is expected to surpass 37 million by the end of 2010. Both markets have been fertile ground for Nokia and the Finnish manufacturer has enjoyed a market-share by producing ultra-low cost handsets that are robust, user-friendly and at the right price-point.
However, while aspiring middle classes purchase high-end feature phones and smartphones, a number of local handset vendors such as Micromax and Spice Mobile in India, and Nexian and SPC Mobile in Indonesia, have stepped in to cater to the low-end and mid-tier segment.