Worldwide shipments of Symbian OS smartphones reach 2.68m in first half 2003 - up 1000% from previous year.
Posted on 22-Aug-2003 11:38
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Symbian released their unaudited financial and operational figures for the second quarter and the six months ended 30th June 2003.
Symbian OS unit shipments grew in H1 2003 to 2.68m (H1 2002: 0.23m units) as network operators worldwide introduce Nokia 7650, 3650 and Sony Ericsson’s P800
Symbian royalty revenues grew to £10.2m in H1 2003 (H1 2002: £1.5m)
Total Symbian revenues grew to £21.1m in H1 2003 (H1 2002: £9.5m)
Second Symbian OS-based 3G phone – the F2102V made by Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo’s W-CDMA network – becomes available in Japan
At the end of H1 2003, 26 phones and variants based on Symbian OS were under development by nine licensees (see Notes to Editors for definitions)
Phones under development include the BenQ P30, Samsung SGH-D700, Siemens SX-1, Nokia N-Gage and Nokia 6600
Symbian made good progress in the first half of 2003 and continues to establish Symbian OS as the industry standard technology platform for smartphones. Shipments of Symbian OS licensee phones rose to 2.68m units (H1 2002: 0.23m units) in the half year, resulting in Symbian’s total H1 2003 revenues growing to £21.1m (H1 2002: £9.5m).
In January, Sendo, the UK-based phone manufacturer, licensed Symbian OS for its development of smartphones. In February, Taiwanese phone manufacturer BenQ announced it had signed development licences for Symbian OS and the UIQ user interface for its P30 phone.
In February, the first 3G phone based on Symbian OS and the first Japanese Symbian OS phone was launched. Manufactured by Fujitsu, the F2051 was commissioned for NTT DoCoMo’s 3G FOMA network. Reflecting the rapid product portfolio turnover in the Japanese market, the F2051’s successor, the F2102V, also based on Symbian OS, became available in stores in July 2003.
At the end of H1 2003, 10 Symbian OS-based products were available in the market including the Sony Ericsson P800 and P802, the Nokia 9210i, 9290, 7650 and 3650 (as well as 3 Chinese language variants) and the NTT DoCoMo F2051 made by Fujitsu. Symbian OS phones were supported by network operators worldwide including in Japan, across Europe, China, the USA and other GSM territories. Also during the first half of 2003, BenQ, Samsung, Siemens and Nokia all announced forthcoming phones based on Symbian OS.
In the second half of the year, Symbian looks forward to the launch of further phones based on Symbian OS. Symbian’s second half financial performance depends significantly upon sales of phones due to be launched during the latter part of the year.