3G props up falling mobile handset market

Global shipments of mobile handsets fell nearly 5 per cent year-on-year in the period October-November 2008, and with the ongoing economic downturn likely to continue the prospects for 2009 are not looking good. The main impact of the fall has been in the 2G sector which has declined significantly. The good news is that sales of 3G handsets are growing and will rise as a percentage of total sales from 39 per cent to 50 per cent over the next 12 months. ABI Research forecasts WCDMA handset sales will increase from 259 million in 2008 to 725 million in the current year. Smartphone sales are also forecast to increase their market share from 14 per cent in 2008 to 31 per cent in 2013.

The burgeoning mobile broadband market will drive sales of USB modems which will account for 80 per cent of the shipped volume. The cellular modem market overall will increase by more than 55 per cent in the coming year, driven largely by Asian suppliers introducing low-cost devices.

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