LONDON The time its takes to gain compliance for handset manufacturers rolling out 3G applications could increase by more than one third according to a UK based testing and approval service provider.
Basingstoke-based RFI Global Services says this trend is set to continue beyond 2005 as other new applications such as HSDPA (faster 3G download), EDGE (enhanced GSM radio standard) and PTT (Push-to-Talk) are bought to market.
In the final quarter of 2004 the company saw an increase of 40% in the demand for 3G testing services. As well as the advance in multi-mode 2G, 2.5G and 3G mobile phone terminals and the consequent creation of user applications (multi-media services) to exploit the new technology RFI says that the incumbent network operators will push the development of Fixed Mobile Convergence standards and the application of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) to increase revenues through local WLAN and Bluetooth cordless technology.
RFI is also forecasting a continued shift toward outsourcing mobile phone terminal design and production to original design manufacturers (ODMs) with current estimates indicating that ODM output will rise by 6% of the total mobile phone market. “New handset terminal manufacturers continue to enter the cellular market, also adding to overall test and approval market growth,” according to Richard Jacklin, head of RFI Cellular.