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Symbian is big in Japan again

Sees off Linux and the Beast
Thu Jan 17 2008, 12:53

SYMBIAN IS claiming a significant victory in the highly advanced Japanese mobile phone market with the news that 30 million phones based on the Symbian OS have shipped in Japan up until December 1st 2007.

Crucially, figures produced by Techno Systems Research show that Symbian increased its share of NTT Docomo's 3G phones from 50 per cent up to 65 per cent in 2007.

This will provide Symbian with a great morale boost because it is effectively competing against Linux based phones with the software provided by Montavista (in which Docomo owns a stake).

In addition, the Beast of Redmond got a foot in the door with Docomo thanks to HTC back in July 2006.

So Symbian is resisting pressure from both its arch rivals. Which is good news seeing how touchy Symbian has been with the INQ in the past over Japanese market shares.

Interestingly Haruhiko Hisa, with Symbian Japan, observed that, "With the recent launch of new Symbian technologies: - Freeway, Screenplay and Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP), the Symbian OS is well placed to power the high demands and new capabilities [demanded by] Super3G which is being rolled out in the Japanese market."

For our more techie readers, Super3G is based on High Speed OFDM Packet Access (HSOPA) which is widely viewed as the successor to HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) or 3.5 G.

Operators are only just now beginning to roll out HSPA in Europe.
So Docomo is ensuring it says well ahead of the game as usual. µ

See also
Montavista squares up to Symbian
Microsoft becomes third Docomo platform
Docomo only has access to some Symbian code


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