Mobile Elite Rush to Answer India's Call

Subcontinent cell-phone hookups doubled in 2006 and should rise 48% in '07, surging past China's growth. Handset makers vie for their piece

Big global international handset makers Nokia (NOK), Motorola (MOT), and Sony Ericsson, along with Korean players LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics (SSNGY), are in hot pursuit of mobile-phone growth in India, and it turns out with good reason. The emerging economy's white-hot mobile-phone market grew faster than China's for the first time last year—and is on pace to become more than three times as fast in 2007, according to a new study by London-based research firm Wireless Intelligence.

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