A senior executive at Kyocera said today that the satellite handsets it manufactures for the Iridium satellite operator will halve in size in 18 months.
But Takashi Kuki, manager of the international sales department at Kyocera, admitted that such compact handsets were only likely to become affordable for the mass market in the next five to 10 years.
Kuki said, however, that he believes Motorola-led Iridium is back on track after initial delays and data difficulties (see previous stories).
He added that Japan was now seriously moving towards the next version of the GSM mobile communications standard.
Meanwhile, rumours were circulating in Japan that Kyocera is set to take over rival Oki.
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