China 3G standard phone sales expected to skyrocket this year
Research firm Strategy Analytics says that sales of phones compliant with China’s own 3G standard, which is TD-SCDMA, will experience a strong boost due to China Mobile’s push for new products and services throughout this year. The research firm even went as far as to say that sales will grow 7-fold.
I’m sure that’s the kind of growth any mobile operator dreams of. And if SA’s bold prediction turns out to be right, then China Mobile’s current subscriber count of 3.4 million in China will grow to a level that’s comparable with Apple iPhone sales in 2009, and well ahead of the total number of all mobile phones using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS last year.
Part of China Mobile’s push for the adoption of their homegrown 3G standard is allocating a budget of 45 billion yuan or $6.6 billion USD for the extension of its 3G coverage and to roll out more than 80 new TD-SCDMA handset models from different manufacturers.
Strategy Analytics identified the following companies as being some of the few that will benefit from China Mobile’s push for the growth of TD-SCDMA: Nokia, Samsung Electronics, ZTE, Huawei, MediaTek, ST-Ericsson and Spreadtrum. Reuters reports that Nokia is working to expand their TD-SCDMA offerings as well.