Smartphone shipments to Qatar rise almost 10% in 2018 Q4: IDC

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Smartphone shipments to Qatar rise almost 10% in 2018 Q4: IDC

Indeed, even as delicate purchaser certainty tempered energy for cell phones in the greater part of the GCC nations in the final quarter of 2018, Qatar saw a strong 9.8 percent development in their shipments quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), as indicated by figures from a worldwide statistical surveying firm. 

The International Data Corporation's (IDC) recently discharged Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker uncovers that Qatar is the main GCC showcase where shipments of cell phones developed QoQ. 

Saudi Arabia, which is the greatest market in the GCC with 54 percent offer of the locale's cell phone shipments, declined 2.3 percent QoQ and 8.2 percent year-on-year in Q4 2018, IDC said. 

"Development keeps on sidestepping the Saudi market after the significant twofold digit decreases that have portrayed the most recent couple of years," said Nabila Popal, a senior research administrator at IDC. 


Quarter-on-quarter, by and large cell phone shipments were likewise down 2.4 percent in the UAE, 5.4 percent in Oman and 8.6 percent in Kuwait, while Bahrain and Qatar appreciated particular QoQ development of 2.1 percent and 7.6 percent in the final quarter of 2018. 

Shipments of cell phones to GCC nations fell 9.4 percent year on year in 2018 to an aggregate of 23.6 million units, the most reduced since 2013 and down 30 percent available's crest in 2015 when 33.9 million units were sent, IDC said. 

The report included that 5.8 million cell phones were delivered to the locale in the final quarter of 2018, demonstrating a decrease of 2.2 percent on the past quarter. 

"The GCC's cell phone showcase is experiencing an impressive test, with shipments contracting fundamentally in 2018," said Kafil Merchant, an examination examiner at IDC. 

"This decay is being brought about by various components, including financial vulnerability, an absence of significant development in new gadgets, ceaseless cost increments, and stretching invigorate cycles," he included. 

"Since cell phone infiltration is now high in the area, these elements are joining to make buyers question whether it merits overhauling their gadget. Many are inferring that there is essentially no rhyme or reason to buy the most recent new cell phone available." 

Another statistical surveying firm, IHS Markit said worldwide cell phone shipments recorded a negative year on year development rate in the final quarter of 2018, for a third back to back quarter. 

As indicated by its starter cell phone information, worldwide cell phone shipments achieved 365.2 million units in Q4 2018, which is a 5.7 percent YoY decay.