ZTE Ranks No.5 in handset makers

Though better known as a maker of telecom networking equipment and data cards than cellphones, ZTE, the Shenzhen-based technology company shipped enough phones during the last quarter to break into the top group of handset makers, displacing Motorola.

The upset places ZTE among the largest five handset makers worldwide, an elite group that includes Nokia Samsung, LG Electronics and Sony Ericsson. ISuppli says ZTE climbed two spots to No. 5 by shipping 13.4 million phone units in the fourth quarter of 2009, equivalent to 4% of the global market. No. 4 Sony Ericsson had a 4.4% market share while the top three players–Nokia, Samsung and LG–controlled 38%, 21% and 10% of the market, respectively.

ZTE’s success came at Motorola’s expense. The Schaumburg, Ill., phone maker dropped from No. 5 to No. 6 in iSuppli’s results for the fourth quarter. The shifting ranks could be a sign of ZTE’s growing clout in the cellphone market. The company says it shipped a record 40 million handsets in 2009. Some of the phones went to Europe, North America and Japan in partnerships with operators like Telefonica ( TEF – news – people ), T-Mobile UK and Orange.

This news is from China electronics manufacturer.

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