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  • Mobile Phone Demand to Reach 215 Mln. by 2003, EIAJ Says
  • December 2, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Global demand for cellular phones and personal handyphone system (PHS) phones will reach 214.73 million units by 2003, according to a report released Nov. 25 by the Electronic Industries Association of Japan (EIAJ).
    A combined 118.52 million units of mobile phones were sold worldwide in 1997, or an increase of 50.5 percent from the previous year, the report noted.

    The EIAJ projects that demand for mobile phones will grow annually at an average of 10.4 percent through 2003.

    The brisk demand will be backed by a steady increase in Asia. Japan is expected to see sustained growth, and China also will continue to witness a brisk rise in demand, according to the EIAJ.

    Demand for PHS phones in Japan is sluggish, reflecting a fall in the number of subscribers. However demand for such phones will likely increase, especially among data communications users, the industry group added.

    (Nikkei Microdevices)

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