In the burgeoning global WCDMA handset market, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are gaining market share. Hutchison Telecom is reportedly in talks with LG to purchase WCDMA handsets worth 1 billion dollars, or several million units. Last year, Hutchison Telecom procured 3G phones from Motorola and Sony-Ericsson. The carrier, however, experienced a delay in supply of handsets for several months due to fatal defects in software of 3 million units of 3G handsets received from NEC of Japan and Motorola.
Samsung Electronics is poised to supply its WCDMA phones to T-Mobile of Germany and Orange of France during this year. “We have supplied our WCDMA handsets for tests to all wireless communication carriers which plan to offer 3G service in the foreseeable future, and we expect to begin its volume supply towards the year’s end,” said a manager at Samsung Electronics. Continue >>