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Mobile technology companies from China are making a splash

These firms are now looking to the Gulf region as one where there could be a wealth of opportunities.

Chinese mobile technology manufacturers are now starting to turn the ripples they’ve been creating in the industry into some rather promising waves, particularly after Lenovo managed to implement a similar strategy in 2013 in order to gain a top spot in the PC sector.

Recent research is now showing that smartphone manufacturers are aiming to replicate that achievement.

The Gartner research firm has said that Lenovo, Huawei, TCL, XIaomi, ZTE and Oppo have all made their way into the top ten ranks. Moreover, some of those mobile technology companies from China have established regional headquarters in Dubai. This only underscores the idea that those businesses have been looking toward the Gulf region as one of their next opportunities for advancement. Among those companies, Huawei has established itself as the third largest smartphone maker, with Lenovo in fourth place and with the fifth place holder being Xiaomi.

It is only recently that Huawei has started to take a more serious stance in mobile technology.

Mobile Technology SplashThe majority of the revenues generated by Huawei have been in networking equipment. However, more recently, it has become a much more important player in making smartphones. In fact, it was the only manufacturer to have seen year over year growth of over 70 percent in third quarter shipments. Comparatively, the growth seen by Samsung during that period was 14.61 percent and that of Apple was not that much higher, at 20.62 percent.

According to the Huawei Middle East vice president, Pan En, “In the area of consumer electronics, we are especially proud of the stellar growth we’ve seen globally and the increased demand for our mid- to high-end devices.” Similarly, the Lenovo Gulf general manager, Mohammad Hilili explained that the Gulf region is and has been quite a strategic location for quite some time now.

Hilili pointed out that “We launched our first tablet and smartphone in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Then we expanded to other countries. We see a lot of potential in Dubai, especially being a hub.” Equally, he said that the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are two of the primary reasons that are foundations behind some of the strong mobile technology growth being recorded by Lenovo.

Mobile devices now used by 94.5 percent of Chinese population

According to some of the recent statistics from the country, this figure had been reached by the end of June.

A statement that was released by the Ministry of Industry in China has revealed that a massive 94.5 percent of people across the country were equipped with mobile devices – primarily phones – by the close of June, this year.

That is considered to be an official data report within the country and the stats will be those used by the government.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released the statement based on the mobile devices data from the first half of this year. It revealed that this year, there were an additional 6.88 million new mobile phone users on top of the previous figure, which brought the total of users across the country to an estimated 1.29 billion. There was a 100 percent ownership penetration recorded for cell phone users 9 different provincial-level regions, which included the provinces of Zhejiang and of Guangdong, as well as in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

The mobile devices are seen as contributors to the spread of internet access in China.

Mobile Devices - People Shopping in ChinaFurthermore, the number of Chinese users who opted for broadband mobile internet services (including 3G and 4G) rose to the level of 674 million by the close of the first half of the year. It included 52.1 percent of all smartphone users.

That said, when it came to 4G mobile network, specifically, which is the internet service that is currently the fastest in the country and that is above and beyond other methods previously available in the country, has spiked to reach notably higher levels than in previous data collection. By the end of June, the recorded total had reached 24.69 million more than the figure that was recorded only one month beforehand.

This brought the total number of mobile devices connecting to 4G internet to 225 million. In a country in which home computers that were connected to the internet did not reach the levels that were recorded in many western nations such as those in Europe and the United States, this is clearly showing a rapid expansion of faster internet services to people who may not previously have had regular access to them.