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The mobile industry is at the dawn of a new era of convergence that has been primarily driven by three key factors. First, mobile network operators (MNOs) have made huge investments over the past five years in 3G and 3.5G licenses and in building out high-speed data networks. This has enabled the development of a new generation of handheld devices featuring a growing number of new multimedia applications including cameras, music, and video players. Finally, consumers have seen the value of these developments and driven the demand for devices and bandwidth. With all of this activity and the lure of multimedia applications, recent research (iSuppli; Data Flash Market Tracker, Q2 2006) indicates that by 2009 there will be more than 900 million mobile handsets in the market. Of this number, more than 700 million will feature cameras, more than 600 million will include... (more)