Handset makers attract emerging markets' business


Wed, Jul 12, 2006 - Page 12

Telecom companies from emerging markets in Latin America and Africa are approaching Taiwanese companies such as Inventec Appliances Corp (英華達) about supplying mobile phones, a Taipei-based industry association said yesterday.

The companies plan to purchase entry-level mobile phones with color screens and networking equipment during the annual Taipei Telecommunications and Networking Show that starts on Friday, the Taipei Computer Association (台北電腦公會) said.

"The show provides an opportunity for overseas companies to learn more about Taiwan's handset industry," said Betty Lin (林鈺慧), a manager of the association's telecommunication division.

The association is one of the show's organizers, which also include the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (台灣電子電機公會).

One out of every 10 cellphones around the globe is made by Taiwanese handset manufacturers, led by Compal Communications Ltd (華寶通訊), which makes phones for Motorola Inc of the US.

Lin said that a Brazilian telecom carrier was in talks with Inventec and High Tech Computer Inc (宏達電), the world's top maker of phones running on Microsoft Corp's operating system, about supply of mobile phones.

Lin said two African firms are also looking for local partners for networking equipment supplies.

A Brazilian company made the biggest deal at last year's fair by ordering US$1 million worth of networking devices, Lin said.

Handset sales in Latin America are expected to grow 2.4 percent annually to 112.92 million units in 2009, from 102 million units last year, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. During the same period, overall handset sales would grow 7.7 percent annually to 1.09 billion units.

At present, around 400 overseas companies have registered for this year's

telecom fair, which was almost unchanged compared to the number of foreign

buyers last year, according to the organizers.

The show will run from Friday through Monday at the Taipei World Trade

Center Exhibition Hall I. It will be free for buyers but tickets will cost

NT$100 for the general public.