SIM card shipments reached 4.4 billion in 2011
In 2011, 2FF shipments volumes were at 4.24 billion, while 3FF shipments accounted for 159 million units. The volumes of Surface Mounted Device (SMD) shipments represented 3.6 million units in 2011.
SIM Growth Driven by Developing Markets and America
Developing markets and America drove the industry forward in 2011, with strong growth in Latin America (+36%), Middle East and Africa (+26%) and India (+31%). Shipments to North America continued to increase year on year with a 16% growth rate seen in 2011.
NFC becoming a volume industry
The burgeoning market for NFC handsets, estimated by Berg Insight to approach some 700 million devices by 2016, resulted in 16 million NFC SIM cards being shipped in 2011. For the first time, shipments have reached sufficient volumes to be included separately in the SIMalliance annual data.
New form factors take hold
The review also highlights the continued growth in popularity of alternative form factors. Demand for the 3FF micro-SIM form factor, used primarily in tablet PCs, grew by 63% year on year, while shipments of m2m SMD (Surface Mounted Device) cards grew by a factor of four between 2010 and 2011. Western European and North American destinations dominate for these cards as well as China for M2M.