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July 25, 2006 (LBO) – Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies is expecting around 30 percent gain in sales of third generation handsets within one-year of its release in Sri Lanka, officials said Tuesday. Huawei’s Product Manager P Sanjeev declines to say how many CDMA data cards have been sold so far. "Its hundreds and hundreds. But sales have been slow, maybe due to lack of awareness and the fact that those who currently use it are top corporate customers." Sri Lanka is now in the process of commercially launching third generation or 3G enabled services for its 3.7 million cellular customers.

So far, Malaysia Telekom’s local unit, Dialog Telekom is offering 3G services on a trial basis. Other three mobile operators have also sought clearance to offer 3G services.

"Within one-year of mobile phone companies starting 3G operations commercially, we are looking at capturing about 30-40 percent of that market," Mahendra Kumarasinghe, Director Access Telecommunication, local partner for Huawei told reporters.

Third generation or 3G promises mobile phone users high-speed internet surfing, the ability to download and watch videos and music.

Access is offering two Huawei models priced

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