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GSM handset market has reached its zenith

Jan. 8, 2012, 6:46 p.m.
Jake Saunders, Vice President, Asia-Pacific & Advisory Services

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The era of the GSM handset have reached its zenith, as 3G and 4G handset sales have captured more than 50% of the total handset market. Not only that, year-on-year percentage growth for GSM drops to zero in 4Q-2011 and thereafter GSM handsets shipments are anticipated to go into decline.

It is very much an historic moment. It means not just mobile phone users in Developed Markets but also Emerging Market end-users are purchasing 3G handsets, 3G smartphones and connecting to the internet.