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3G will take off in 2005, says Nokia

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THIRD-GENERATION (3G) mobile phone services will take off next year, mobile phone operator Nokia said Wednesday, as the company launched in the Philippines the first Symbian-based 3G phone, the Nokia 6630.

While local operators are not yet keen on rolling out 3G, Nokia will soon offer its 3G phone to the local market by December, said Mike Smith, product manager of Nokia Philippines.

"A good indicator that a market is ready for 3G is when there is a critical mass of subscribers using multimedia applications," said Smith.

There are about 10 million 3G subscribers in the world today, said Parikshit Bhasin, general manager of Nokia Philippines.

"Of the 50 networks rolled out worldwide, Nokia supplied 24 of them," the executive said.

Smith, however, shared the sentiments of local operators who have declared that 3G would not take off this year.

He said expensive 3G handsets would still cater to a high-end market.

Meanwhile, Bhasin said Nokia expects the mobile phone industry to grow by 10 percent in 2005.

Growth would still come from the opening of new markets in Russia and Indonesia; and the growing market for multimedia and enterprise applications, said the Nokia executive.

 

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