Germany’s Siemens has said that its ICM mobile handset division is showing signs of recovery. Its market share is now around 9%, making it the number three supplier behind Nokia and Motorola.
The company expects the unit to grow faster than the handset market this year. This may prove tricky, since manufacturers from Nokia to Sony Ericsson are beginning to launch exciting new high-technology handsets.
Siemens also says that its mobile telecoms infrastructure business is doing well. It is the only company to have won orders in every major European 3G market, and co-designed the first two UMTS networks to launch (in Monaco and the Isle of Man). Its partnership with NEC is helpful here, since the Japanese firm has hands-on 3G experience in its home market.