3G handset manufacturing costs falling

13 Sep 2004

A recent study conducted by Portelligent has revealed that over the past year UMTS handset designers have significantly reduced the average complexity and manufacturing costs of UMTS handsets. The study looked at eleven handsets launched during the past 18 months, including models from NEC, Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and LG, and found that better integrated designs and smarter chipsets introduced to the marketplace in 2004 have cut the average number of electronic components found in handsets by over 25%. The first wave of UMTS handsets were afflicted by high cost and complex design.