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Grey Handsets: Market Analysis and Forecasts

  • Published: June 2012
  • 50 Pages
  • ARCchart

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Analysing the growing market for illegally produced grey mobile phones, and the impact they have on legitimate handset producers and the market as a whole

Grey handsets are not recognized or licensed by government regulators and employ fake International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers. Producers of these devices generally do not pay value-added taxes and, therefore, profit illegally from their participation in the market.

This report provides a global assessment of the grey handset ecosystem, in addition to considering the wider legitimate handset industry. A study of the industry’s history, value chain and market dynamics is presented. The report also provides detailed market forecasts for grey and legitimate handset shipments from 2012 to 2016, at a global, regional and country level. Historical figures for 2010 and 2011 are also provided.

Driven by a growing popularity amongst cost-conscious consumers demanding high-end features at affordable prices, ARCchart expects the grey market will continue to grow over the next two years, eventually peaking in 2013, with nearly 150 million shipments. In conjunction with legitimate handset shipments, we READ MORE >

A INTRODUCTION
A1 A History of the Grey Handset Market
The Concept of ‘Shanzhai’
MediaTek’s “Total Solution” Chip
The Rise of Grey Handsets
A2 Innovation & Innovative Products
A3 The Grey Handset Value Chain
Chipset Manufacturers
System Integrators aka Grey Manufacturers
Independent Design Houses
Component/Tool Suppliers
Distribution Channels
A4 Competitive Advantage over Legitimate OEMs
Marketing & Promotion Advantage
Size Advantage
B INDUSTRY DYNAMICS AND KEY TRENDS
B1 Issues Faced by Grey Handsets
Problems with Lawful Interception
Missing or Fake IMEI Number
Consumer Dissatisfaction
Grey Handsets as Counterfeit Originals
Inferior Reliability
Health & Safety Concerns
Lost Revenue Opportunities
Loss of Tax Revenue
Loss of IP Royalties
Loss of Operator Revenue
B2 Emerging Trends
Penetration into Western Europe and North America
Prospects for LTE Handset
The TD-LTE Advantage
Move to the Market High-end
B3 Government & Regulatory Crackdown
B4 Issues Preventing a Large Scale Crackdown
Duplication of IMEI Numbers
Economics
Consumer Apathy
Widespread Adoption of Open OS Platforms
Grey Smartphones
Expanding Geographic Distribution of Facilities
Shrinking Facility Size
C MARKET SIZE AND FORECASTS
C1 Grey Handsets Market
When Will the Market Peak?
Regional Breakdown
Top Grey Handset Shipments Countries
Device Breakdown
C2 North America Market
C3 Asia Pacific Market
C4 Western Europe Market
C5 Middle East & Africa Market
C6 Eastern Europe Market
C7 Latin & Central America

List of Figures
Figure 1 – Innovation in the grey handsets industry
Figure 2 – The grey handset value chain
Figure 3 – Survey results of grey handsets health and safety considerations
Figure 4 - Global grey handset shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 5 - Global grey handsets and legitimate handset shipments compared: 2010 – 2016
Figure 6 - Global handset market breakdown, by grey and legitimate handset: 2010 – 2016
Figure 7 - Grey handset shipments by region: 2010 – 2016
Figure 8 - Grey handset market share, by region: 2011
Figure 9 - Grey handset market share by region: 2013
Figure 10 - Grey handset market share by region: 2016
Figure 11 - Global grey handset shipments, by top ten countries: 2011
Figure 12 - Global grey handset shipments, by top ten countries: 2016
Figure 13 - Global grey handset shipments, by devices type: 2010 -2016
Figure 14 - Global grey smartphones as a proportion of total smartphone shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 15 – North America grey and legitimate handset shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 16 – North America grey handset shipments, by country: 2010 – 2016
Figure 17 – Asia Pacific grey and legitimate handset shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 18 – Asia Pacific grey handset shipments, by top 5 countries: 2010 – 2016
Figure 19 – Asia Pacific grey handset shipments, by country: 2010 – 2016
Figure 20 – Western Europe grey and legitimate handset shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 21 – Western Europe grey handset shipments, by top 5 countries: 2010 – 2016
Figure 22 – Western Europe grey handset shipments, by country: 2010 – 2016
Figure 23 – Middle East & Africa grey and legitimate handset shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 24 - Middle East & Africa grey handset shipments, by top 5 countries: 2010 – 2016
Figure 25 - Middle East & Africa grey handset shipments, by country: 2010 – 2016
Figure 26 – Eastern Europe grey and legitimate handset shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 27 - Eastern Europe grey handset shipments, by top 5 countries: 2010 – 2016
Figure 28 – Latin & Central America grey and legitimate handset shipments: 2010 – 2016
Figure 29 - Latin & Central America grey handset shipments, by top 5 countries: 2010 – 2016
Figure 30 – Latin & Central America grey handset shipments, by country: 2010 –

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