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November 09, 2010

Report: PC and Mobile Phones Demand More Portability

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

The global mobile phone industry has experienced an average year-on-year subscriber growth of 24 percent, according to a report by Business Insight titled “The Future of PC/Mobile Convergence (News - Alert): Competing Technologies and Emerging Business Models for the Mobile Internet.”

Although the market is almost saturated in the more developed countries, it is still growing strongly in developing countries. This growth, according to the report, is due to a combination of cheaper mobile phone handsets and the relative lack of fixed line infrastructure.

Currently, the mobile operators are struggling to maintain or stimulate demand in the mature markets. They are also challenged to secure a new client base and acquire market share in the developing markets.

The report also indicates that developing countries will increasingly account for a larger share of the global installed base and PC penetration is expected to double by 2013.

The researchers have noted the convergence between the PC and mobile markets and say that this is facilitated by the availability of multifunctional devices such as smartphones with cloud computing capacities and portable PCs with integrated mobile technology able to access 3G, EDGE and other mobile networks for data transfer.

Readers of this report will also find useful information such as the major trends and drivers behind PC/mobile convergence, technologies and enablers that will influence further development in converged mobile and PC products and services.

Read a related article on TMCnet “Smartphones Push Apple into the Top Five Mobile Phone (News - Alert) Vendor Ranking.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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