Smartphone maker Alcatel India will expand its retail network to 5,000 stores in five states by March next year as it looks to increase its market share in the country. Also Read - Alcatel 3T 10 tablet launched in India; prices start from Rs 9,999Also Read - Alcatel and ZTE to launch phones with Spreadtrum SC9863A chipset soon
“We are going to expand our retail presence to increase our market share. At present we sell through around 700 stores in select states. By March we plan to sell across 1000 stores each in five states — Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra,” Alcatel India, Regional Director, Praveen Valecha said on sidelines of launch of a new smartphone.
The company launched 4G smartphone Idol 4 for Rs 16,999 which will be sold along with JBL headphone and a pair of Virtual Reality goggles. He said that the Idol 4 will help company gain traction between among youth in age bracket of 15-34. Valecha said that the company has 400 service centres across country and it is planning to open 100 exclusive service centres in 2017-18. ALSO READ: Alcatel Idol 4 bundled with VR headset launched in India, priced at Rs 16,999: Specifications, features
“This is the sixth smartphone from Alcatel launched in India. Now we will bring more models next year to expedite our strategy to capture 10% market share in India by 2018. We have around 2-3% share in online space. The offline presence will further help us achieving 3-4% additional share,” Valecha said.