Challenges Ahead For Mobile Technology

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For mobile technology, 2001 was the best of times and the worst of times, at least according to a report by The Yankee Group's David Berndt, director of wireless/mobile technologies. While advances were made in next-generation networks, there were also setbacks for carriers and manufacturers. Some key events include:

  • The expansion of next-generation networks, like cdma2000 and wideband CDMA in Asia; and GPRS in Europe and North America.

  • Device quality suffered as companies rushed products out ahead of competitors, resulting in subsequent recalls.

  • Denso, Mitsubishi and Philips pulled out of the North American market, while Ericsson and Sony combined their handset divisions. Berndt predicts more consolidation in 2002.

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