Market to add some 13mn new mobile phones this year, Alcatel says

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Some 13mn mobile phones will be sold in the Peruvian market this year, state news service Andina reported mobile phone manufacturer Alcatel One Touch's regional manager, Omar Fuentes, as saying.

The executive said that during 2010, the local market saw sales of some 10mn mobile phones.

According to Fuentes, new sales in the provinces will boost the market, while mobile phone sales in capital Lima will mostly be renewals.

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"We estimate that 30-40% of mobile phone sales this year will be for people acquiring a device for the first time, while the rest will be people renewing terminals," the executive was quoted as saying.

Fuentes added that the company's current market share in Peru reaches 12%, and the expectation is to end this year with 15%.

Chinese company TCL and Alcatel have had a JV agreement to manufacture mobile phones since 2004.

TCL recently opened a mobile phone factory in Argentina. Future plans include opening a new factory in the region to serve Latin American markets, the executive added.