Indonesia smartphone growth surges 28%: IDC

Although total mobile phone shipments in Indonesia saw flat sequential growth in Q4 2011, year-on-year (YoY) growth was nonetheless tremendous at 43%, IDC has reported.

Feature phone shipments declined sequentially by 4% as a number of vendors struggled to clear their inventories after stocking up in Q3 2011. Smartphone shipments suffered no such problems, as shipments rose by 28% sequentially and 61% YoY.

Indonesia remains a strong market for feature phones, despite the decline. Low-end feature phones, particularly those with TV functions and dual SIM cards, helped maintain high volume shipments in 2011.

The continuing influx of affordable Android smartphones into the Indonesian market has helped to propel growth. Fueled by Android smartphones priced below Rp 1.2 Million, more middle- to low-income groups have jumped on the "bandwagon of smartphones".

With Android being the preferred operating system for most global and local vendors, Android has managed to close the gap on BlackBerry OS. Android smartphones grew 22% sequentially in Indonesia, and IDC expects Android to dominate the market in the coming quarters.