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Kyocera Poised to Enter Americas Handset Market

Published: 29 November 1999

ID: G0084498

Analyst(s): Bryan Prohm

Summary

American wireless operator Nextel announced last week an initial agreement with Japanese mobile phone manufacturer Kyocera for the purchase and sale of Kyocera-manufactured iDEN handsets beginning during calendar year 2000. The concord opens the door for Kyocera to expand its handset business into the Americas as iDEN becomes a more established technology across the region. Already, iDEN networks have been commercialized in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and subscriber growth continues to develop at a level commensurate with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) in the Americas.

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