India recorded shipments of 1.83 million data cards for 2Q (April-June) 2013, according to CMR’s India Data Cards Market Review, AMJ 2013, August 2013 release,
From 2Q 2012 to 2Q 2013 the shipments of CDMA data cards witnessed a significant decline, though quarter-on-quarter there has been a healthy growth.
Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice said, “There has been a significant decline in overall data card shipments on a yearly basis, mainly because of declining shipments of CDMA data cards. On the other hand, the high growth rate of GSM data cards is on account of fast increasing shipments of HSDPA 14.4, HSDPA+ 21.6 and LTE 100 data cards.
The numbers clearly reveal that India is going the LTE way. Even with the issues faced by subscribers using 3G networks, the adoption has not been adversely affected. Recent developments in 3G and LTE markets indicate a healthy potential for operators. Moreover, uptake of 3G-enabled Tablets is also pushing up the consumption of GSM data cards,” Faisal concluded.[image_library_tag 506/84506, alt=”cmr-s-india-data-cards-2″ width=”428″ height=”122″ ,default]
The top 3 vendors of the India data cards market – ZTE, Huawei and Micromax contributed 74% to the total data card shipments in 2Q 2013.. In GSM technology, the top three players – Huawei, Micromax and ZTE – together made up nearly 65% of shipments in 2Q 2013, while in CDMA technology ZTE and Huawei together contributed 95% of the total shipments during the same period.
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Mobility, Broadband Data Services, Content Consumption to Drive Market Growth The ever increasing demand to stay connected anytime and anywhere, particularly on the part of business executives, students and consumers has opened up new growth avenues for the India data cards market.
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Data Card players have entered into bundling deals with mobile telephony service providers, laptop PC OEMs and tablet vendors to push device sales. Riding on this phenomenon, players like Alcatel, iBall and Lava also witnessed an upward trend in their data card shipment numbers during 2Q 2013.