07 July 2016 at 1:02 GMT
Nikkei Asian Review
India's up-and-coming smartphone makers control more than 60% of the home market thanks in part to high tariffs slapped on imports, a policy that has turned foreign heads. China remains the global smartphone leader, making 1.39 billion handsets in 2015. Its worldwide shipments totaled 1.4bn units last year, according to IDC, highlighting China's lock on the market. This dominance was the case in India as well after smartphones took off in 2012. But the landscape began to shift in May 2014, when Narendra Modi took office. In February 2015, the government raised the import duty on finished smartphones from 6% to 12.5%. Modi's government aims to have manufacturing industries account for more than a quarter of India's GDP by 2022, up from around 15% now.
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