Super 3G' handsets to ring the changes


Super 3G' handsets to ring the changes

'Super 3G' devices will become the largest selling handset type by 2012 as the worldwide mobile market moves towards higher data-rate networks, market watchers predict.

The latest Future Mobile Handsets report from Informa Telecoms & Media forecasts super 3G devices to account for 35.8 per cent of all handset sales in 2012, up from only 1.8 per cent in 2007.

The global handset market will have more than doubled in the past six years, clocking up 974.7 million handset sales in 2006 alone.

This buoyant growth is expected to slow from 2007 onwards, however, with annual growth rates eventually dipping under 10 per cent from 2008.

Total handset sales are forecast to pass the one billion mark for the first time in 2007 to reach an unprecedented 1.105 billion, according to Informa.