Global 4G mobile phone volumes expected to triple this year, says Strategy Analytics

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Mobile phone sales are expected to increase more than 3 percent worldwide next year, according to the latest stats from Strategy Analytics. At the same time, global 4G mobile phone volumes are expected to triple this year, the firm predicts.

In China, TD-SCDMA will be the second largest segment behind 4G LTE during 2013, offering opportunities for Asian suppliers like Coolpad and Lenovo. Asia will be the last remaining region for CDMA growth during 2013.

Strategy Analytics' prediction for mobile phone sales growth in 2013 contrasts with a 1.7 percent decline in mobile phone sales last year, according to Gartner stats.

"Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this year," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Global smartphone shipments surged more than 38 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the same quarter in 2011, according to Strategy Analytics.

Samsung and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) led the way, but Sony's Xperia, LG's Optimus and Huawei 's Ascend series are gaining traction. The top 10 smartphone families accounted for more than two-thirds of smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

For more:
- see Strategy Analytics blogs on mobile phone and smartphone sales
- check out Gartner's stats

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