Europe's Smartphone Growth Is At Risk, Finds Pyramid Research

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Europe's Smartphone Growth is at Risk, finds Pyramid Research

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Although smartphone sales in Europe are still growing, market participants must act now to minimize the

recession's impact on smartphone sales and position smartphones for post-recession growth, according to a new

report from Pyramid Research (, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications

    Europe's Smartphone Market: Sustained Growth Is at Risk examines the impact that the economic downturn will

have on European smartphone sales in the short and medium term, offering guidance to smartphone market

participants on how to mitigate the effects of the economic slump and prepare for post-recession growth in Europe.

This 14-page report provides Pyramid Research's five-year forecast on smartphone adoption in Europe and

examines in more detail the market-positioning strategies of the leading smartphone vendors: Apple, Nokia, and

Research in Motion (RIM). Download the excerpt here:

    While Pyramid Research expects total handset sales to decline 21 percent in Europe in 2009, smartphone sales,

driven mostly by market developments in Western Europe, will continue to grow robustly - about 22 percent year on

year, notes Stela Bokun, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. In CEE, however, Pyramid believes

smartphone sales will fall 8 percent in 2009. "Even when the region's economy is doing well, device vendors and

operators typically report much lower smartphone handset sales in CEE countries," she says. "Recently this

situation has worsened significantly: Many CEE countries are seeing staggering GDP declines, significant currency

devaluations and skyrocketing unemployment."

    Smartphone market players should implement strategies that are more likely to maintain sales volume during the

downturn and expand business once the economy improves. "If smartphones do not get cheaper, and if buyers

continue to bear the full burden of currency fluctuations, smartphone uptake will suffer in a prolonged recession,"

Bokun says. While some Western Europe countries, such as Spain, have been severely affected by the recession,

price adjustments are particularly needed in response to economic conditions in CEE markets. "Some vendors,

such as LG and Samsung, have already addressed this situation by offering more affordable smartphones in some

CEE markets," she adds.

    Also, in the more developed Western European markets, smartphone applications will have to be compelling for

smartphone uptake to remain unaffected by the deteriorating economy. Furthermore, if demand for advanced data

services falls - and Pyramid Research does expect that the growth in revenue from data services will slow in 2009 -

the need for smartphones is likely also to decline. "By focusing more on retaining their most lucrative customers -

smartphone users - and encouraging these customers to use their mobile data networks, operators will keep their

margins comparatively stable in the current economy and increase them once the economy improves," Bokun

explains. "In other words, today's short-term survival strategy will turn into a winner in the medium term."

    Europe's Smartphone Market: Sustained Growth Is at Risk is part of Pyramid Research's Europe Telecom

Insider report series. This report is priced at $595 and can be purchased online here:

Vega via email at

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data and five years of market projections for metrics such as total handset sales, handset sales by network

technology, new handset sales (by technology, by technology generation, by feature set), smartphone handset

sales, vendor market share, and handset ASP.

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    This report examines the growth potential in Latin America's smartphone market and the key drivers by

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    For more information about Pyramid Research's products and services, please visit or contact us


    About Pyramid Research

    Pyramid Research ( offers practical solutions to the complex demands our clients face in the

telecommunications, media and technology industries. Our analysis is uniquely positioned at the intersection of

emerging markets, emerging technologies and emerging business models, powered by the bottom-up methodology

of our market forecasts for over 100 countries-a distinction that has remained unmatched for more than 25 years.

As the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network, Pyramid Research works with Heavy

Reading, providing the communications industry's most comprehensive market data, trusted research and insightful

technology analysis.

    About Light Reading

    Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the leading online media, research, and focused

event company serving the $3 trillion worldwide communications market. is the ultimate source

for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic,

content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the most

comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis in close to 100 markets around

the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo

New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, and Optical Expo, as well as focused one-day

events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in

August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

    About TechWeb

    TechWeb (, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative

business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb

produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than

13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-

to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light

Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and

the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, and Wall Street &

Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance

marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a

global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than

$2.5 billion.

    *13.3 million business decision-makers: based on number of monthly connections

    About United Business Media Limited

    UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring;

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serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders,

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