HMD unveils technique to get well misplaced floor in Indian smartphone market | Firm Information

Can the launch of smartphones underneath its personal model identify by Finnish firm HMD World — regardless of having a licence to make use of the Nokia model which it purchased from Microsoft — assist it regain its as soon as dominant place within the cell phone sweepstakes in India, the place it was as soon as routed?    

In 2009, Nokia was the nation’s largest MNC with revenues of $4 billion and a market share touching 80 per cent in 2010. After this, its fortunes fell. Though it had been the primary international participant to arrange an meeting plant, not solely to assemble telephones for the native market however for exports, it needed to shut down operations in 2014.  

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However final week HMD introduced a brand new technique, saying it would come out with its personal branded smartphones in 2024 throughout the globe. This triggered hypothesis that it may very well be curtains for the Nokia model, at the least within the smartphone market.

However firm executives clarified that it’ll proceed to make Nokia telephones and transfer to a multi-brand technique throughout the globe.   

Nokia’s fortunes within the smartphone market have seen a plunge in India. In accordance with Counterpoint Analysis knowledge, its market share fell from 4.5 per cent in 2013 and stagnated at a mere 0.4 per cent in 2022 and 2023, dislodged by the aggressive Chinese language firms and by South Korean large Samsung, , regardless that Samsung was as soon as quantity two to Nokia in its heyday.

Nevertheless, it has been capable of push the pedal within the decrease finish function telephone market regardless that the Chinese language firm Transsion is on the prime of the pecking order, controlling 28 per cent of the market. 

However Nokia has been capable of pull again its market share which fell from 23.8 per cent in 2012 to 12.8 per cent in 2022 by making a sensible comeback. It elevated its market share to 14.9 per cent in 2023.

Model consultants differ on whether or not constructing a brand new model from scratch will work in India and globally. “It’s the story of a fallen prince from as soon as being the undisputed chief of the cell enterprise,” stated Sandeep Goyal, chairman of Rediffusion.

“Will a rebranding work? Not possible. It’s going to take innovative expertise, nice improvements, superlative design and big investments in model constructing to cowl a world market and succeed.”

Consultants within the cell enterprise additionally say it may very well be dangerous. Neil Shah, founding father of Counterpoint Analysis, known as it a double-edged sword.

“For an OEM transiting away from a longtime and nostalgic model similar to Nokia, it would have some impact on the general belief and model fairness of the OEM. The model identify has been a saviour for its function telephone enterprise which has been worthwhile and allowed the corporate to dabble within the broader smartphone and companies phase,” stated Shah.   

He factors out that the Nokia model has had a minimal impact on smartphones so shifting ahead, this might really be a blessing in disguise to return to the market with contemporary HMD branding, particularly in smartphones.

He cautions, although, that constructing a brand new model in a crowded and mature smartphone market shall be an uphill process and would require lots of {dollars}.  

Different model consultants say Nokia nonetheless has lots of residual model worth. Model knowledgeable Lloyd Mathias who has labored with many manufacturers similar to Pepsi, Motorola, and Tata Teleservices, stated the residual worth will present a chance to ‘leverage and rejuvenate’.

“What HMD World is attempting to do is a whole disconnect with the legacy model and what it means and constructing a brand new one floor up. It’s not  a simple process,” stated Mathias.


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