The market for wireless communications devices is being driven by emerging categories such as tablet PCs, e-readers and smartphones, according to a report from technology sector analyst Infonetics.
Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave and mobile devices at the research firm, has studied the development of the telecommunications market for the past 13 years.
In his latest update, he sees evolution taking place in both the hardware and software segments of the sector.
For instance, competition to become the dominant operating system for wireless communications devices is seeing major software developers go head to head.
Within the hardware space, it is the development of different types of technology, rather than direct competition, which typifies the channel.
Notably, the report says touchscreen tablet form factors and e-readers are two of the relatively new innovations to see widespread uptake in 2010.
By the end of the year, 1.2 billion mobile communications devices are predicted to be in circulation, which Infonetics expects to see increase to 6.5 billion handsets before the end of 2014.