The UK is one of the leading mobile communications centres in the world, according to the GSM Association.
Of the finalists in the 2003 GSM Association awards, nine of the 21 nominees in the technical innovation category were based in the UK.
This includes three out of the four awards for Best Wireless Device, and three out of the five for Best Wireless Application Developer.
"The UK and Ireland is a hotbed for application developers," said Andrew Smith, communications director for the GSM Association.
"There's a lot of negativity out there about the mobile phone market, and from what we've seen it's unfounded.
"The industry is producing high quality handsets and applications to rank with any in the world."
The bulk of the UK entrants were concentrated in the Cambridge area, the so-called Silicon Fen.
Andrew Moloney, vice president of marketing at wireless technology firm Commtag, said: "The location has been important to us. We're a founding member of the Cambridge 3G network.
"The British mobile phone culture also helps, and having a strong infrastructure to roll out to is vital in developing top class services."
The awards will be announced on 18 February at the 3GSM conference in Cannes.
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