Creation of a mobile society creates a market-defining role for wireless Internet. Information follows the individual, not the other way around in a mobile society. Wireless handsets are positioned at the forefront of the mobile society, providing connectivity potentially from anywhere, at any time, and in any place. Internet connectivity is being generated by an open operating system for wireless handsets.
Wireless handset strategy relates to supporting basic voice communication while combining a data-networking portfolio with video and picture capability. Combined audio, photograph transmission and voice transmission capability permit increased business and leisure productivity. Wireless handsets represent a significant development in wireless network systems because advanced architectures let developers create applications that work across multiple wireless handset platforms. Integrated, multiservice, next generation networks are based on wireless handset operating systems (OS) capability.
Wireless handset shipments promise to rise rapidly. Users will not replace handsets every year. Some users will begin to have more than one handset. High-end sets may be used for business purposes while other sets are used for entertainment and personal uses. Workers at Nokia are already doing this, leading the market.
Total wireless handset low-end wireless device markets are poised for rapid growth. This market is expected to continue to be a significant part of the communications market growth as people seek to achieve the efficiencies and convenience offered by portable communications. Unit shipments of wireless handset systems at 375.4 million in 2002 are expected to reach 486.9 million units by 2007.
Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries.Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services.She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.
Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications.She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing.She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets.Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.
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