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Products supporting multiple bands will drive handset shipments

Posted: 08 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The need for handsets that can operate in UMTS and legacy GSM modes across multiple regions will drive shipments of handsets with as many as seven or more bands, according to the recent report from Strategy Analytics. In fact, operator decisions on which bands to support in these handsets have already started to set the product development course for suppliers of radio components.

Strategy Analytics' research, based on regional spectrum allocations and the plans of leading wireless operators, assesses which combinations of frequency bands will emerge as most significant as UMTS matures. With knowledge of these bands and careful design, said the research and consulting firm, suppliers of radio components can minimize the number of transceivers and front-end modules that they will have to develop to address the future handset market.

"The leading suppliers do not have the luxury of developing unique transceivers and front-end modules for each and every possible combination of bands," said Chris Taylor, Director of the RF & Wireless Components Service. "Instead, they are attempting to develop a small suite of products that can address as many combinations of bands as possible, particularly the ones that they believe will emerge in high volume."

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