Nokia On Top: Mobile Users In Iraq, Libya and Pakistan Bought 16 Million Cellular Handsets in 2009.
According to a recent Arab Advisors Group Mobile Handsets Retail Tracking Reports, Pakistan is the largest mobile handsets market of the four countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya).
In terms of handset models, the research has also revealed that Nokia is the market leader in Iraq with varying performance depending on region and with serious competition from fake Chinese brands and other brands. In Libya, Nokia remains the market leader with noticeable and serious competition by Samsung, the traditional Korean competitor. Nokia is also the number one selling brand in the Pakistani market.
Nokia’s leadership in the Mobile market in the Arab world was also confirmed by Opera’s State of the Mobile 07- 2009 report. (Note that for iPhone users, Safari is the default browser for most users and iPhone remains officially unavailable in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.)
Arab Advisors Group report does not specify which type of mobiles are the most popular, entry level or smart phones, We also do not know if Arab Advisor Group counts US and other occupying forces in Afghanistan and Iraq in their report,(As there are hundred of thousands of foreign soldiers making from 2,000 USD to 30,000 USD a month) But my guessing, is that entry level phones are the most popular among indigenous population in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan because of high level of unemployment and low GDP rates, even though the first country sits on a sea of oil!
#photo by barnoid.