Optoelectronics firms that make components for smartphones may be interested to know that mobile networks need to embrace voice over internet protocol (VoIP), according to an expert.
Steven Hartley, principal analyst at telecoms research specialist Ovum, believes that operators such as Vodafone or T-Mobile are making a mistake in trying to wait for beyond 3G technology before offering it to users.
With customer demand currently being so high and Ovum's recent warning for networks to be wary of the threat posed by VoIP brand Skype, Mr Hartley suggests that it can advantageous to confront the issue head on.
He said the suppressing such innovations in the light of consumer clamour for the feature would be "a waste of time, money and effort".
Last week, Taiwanese optoelectronics firm Hon Hai announced that it would benefit from the forthcoming release of the iPhone 4G on the global market, Taiwan Economic News reported.
Meanwhile, another of the country's manufacturers, Chimei Innolux, is set to produce the LCD touch panels for Apple's new smartphone release.