743 mln mobile phones to sell in 2005, 899 mln in 2010

Informa Telecoms & Media forecast strong growth continuing in the Asia-Pacific region, led by China, which accounted for 36% of all mobile handsets sold in the region in 2004. Informa forecast annual sales of mobile handsets rising 14% to 743 mln in 2005, but said the growth rate would slow to a compounded 3.83% over the next 5 years to reach 899 mln units in 2010.