As of December 1, 2007, more than 30 million Symbian OS phones have shipped in Japan. Based on Symbian's share of NTT Docomo's 3G phones, this is an increase of 15 percent.
This is great news to the Symbian camp, because the increase comes in the face of competition from the Linux-based software provided by Montavista.
Interestingly Haruhiko Hisa, with Symbian Japan, observed that, "With the recent launch of new Symbian technologies: - Freeway, Screenplay and Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP), the Symbian OS is well placed to power the high demands and new capabilities [demanded by] Super3G which is being rolled out in the Japanese market."
In case you are wondering, Super3G is widely considered to be the successor to HSPA (or 3.5G) and offers up to 300 Mbps point-to-point bandwidth over a mobile communications link.
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.