Ericsson warns of continued component shortages, smartphone vendors suffering

Ericsson's chairman, Michael Treschow, has confirmed that the company is still being affected by component shortages, having first admitted to the problem in its third-quarter report on October 22nd.

Treschow, who revealed the component problem during an announcement that he planned to resign next year or in 2012, said: "It's improving, but we're not completely out of it."

While the chairman gave no details about the impact this ongoing problem was causing, the company stated in its October report that 'this bottleneck made it a challenge to fully meet the demand for mobile broadband'.

While smartphone manufacturers are also thought to be experiencing similar component shortages, Acer and HTC have outlined some of the problems they're encountering.

Taiwan-based Acer, which only entered the smartphone sector last year, said: "The industry as a whole is struggling with supply. It is a bit of a scramble."

Over at HTC, the company has called their component suppliers together this week to discuss possible options to ensure supply meets with the surging demand for HTC products. Those invited include suppliers of processors, touch panels, software, casings, camera modules and system logic boards.

Separately, Sony Ericsson has admitted that sales might be affected due to a lack of LCD screens and printed circuit boards.

For more:
- see this Bloomberg article
- see this Broadband Genie article

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