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Nikkei reports mobile market restoration

Japanese Nikkei reported the slow, but noticeable growth of the mobile market comparing to the last year.

Prodiving values, lower than Gartner´s, Nikkei believes that the total amount of phones sold this and next years will doubtfully exceed 400 million: Nikkei Market Access forecasts about 386.4 million sold phones, that´s 6.5% more than 2001 value.

Nikkei pays much attention to color/monochrome phone display ratio. It claims the share of color-display phones to become at least 35% by 2003.

Nikkei believes this is partly tied to the growing amount of such phones in Asia, but new European and USA services are to play their importmant role as well. Besides, in June Nokia already announced its plans for the late 2002 / early 2003, including color-display devices production. (Last month the company negotiated shipments with Samsung SDI, the leading mobile color display developer.)

Mobile phone makers hope for the European market, expecting considerably higher demand for color-display phones from monochrome handset owners.

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