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TD-SCDMA devices tipped to grow 600% in 2010
TD-SCDMA devices tipped to grow 600% in 2010
2233 days ago 0 comments Categories: Company Tags: Chinese 3G handsets forecast to increase seven-fold in 2010

Shipments of Chinese 3G handsets based on the country’s homegrown TD-SCDMA standard are forecast to increase seven-fold in 2010, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The firm said that the backing of the technology by China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator – will lead to TD-SCDMA shipments growing 600 percent this year, establishing it as one of the fastest growing mobile technologies in the world. “Aggressive marketing and subsidising of new phones and keener pricing of services by China Mobile will make TD-SCDMA one of the world’s fastest growing mobile technologies,” said Tom Kang, a director at Strategy Analytics. Another director at the firm - Neil Mawston – said that the growth will benefit handset and equipment vendors in the TD-SCDMA space such as Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, Huawei, MediaTek, ST-Ericsson, Spreadtrum and – potentially – Apple. “If Apple eventually chooses to launch a TD-SCDMA version of its iPhone, then we believe this would ignite the market and provide considerable upside for Apple in China,” commented Marston. The firm did not did publish total sales estimates.

According to a recent Wireless Intelligence report, China Mobile's TD-SCDMA connections reached 3.4 million by year-end following the commercial launch of the network in January 2009. During 2009, the operator built-out the TD-SCDMA network to 238 cities, with a 70 percent coverage among so-called 'prefecture-level' cities. However, a significant drag on growth has been the lack of affordable handsets compatible with the TD-SCDMA standard. To counter this bottleneck, China Mobile has funded an R&D effort to encourage manufacturers to develop TD-SCDMA devices. It has also created its own smartphone platform ('Open Mobile System') and devices portfolio ('OPhone') based on a proprietary version of Google's Android operating system. Partly as a result of these efforts, China Mobile said that there are now 266 different designs of TD terminals on the market, some priced at or below the key CNY1,000 (US$146) threshold.

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