MANHASSET, N.Y. After suffering the typical seasonal slowdown in the first three months of the year, mobile-phone unit production will rise sequentially in the second quarter and for the remainder of 2005, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Second quarter mobile phone production is projected to be 180.5 million units, up 4 percent from 173 million units the first quarter, and up 7.1 percent from a year earlier, Third-quarter shipments are projected to rise 5.3 percent sequentially to 190 million, and fourth-quarter shipments will rise another 8.4 percent to 206 million, said the firm.
After rising 25 percent in 2004, mobile-phone unit production growth will taper off to 5 percent in 2005, reaching 750 million units in 2005 compared to 713 million in 2004, according to iSuppli.
Mobile-phone production growth is slowing in some developed regions, but will get a boost from strong subscriber growth in emerging nations such as China and India, iSuppli noted.
The firm expects that even with subscriber growth, mobile-phone shipments this year and in subsequent years will increasingly be driven by replacement or upgrade sales.