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Cable & Wireless Communications sees smartphone boost

CWC in China
Image caption Sales are booming in CWC's China stores

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has announced a rise in profits, saying growing smartphone use in international markets has boosted its income.

It unveiled a net profit of $163m (£101m) in the first six months of 2011, as against forecasts of $150m.

CWC's Caribbean arm - its biggest market - is set to meet profit estimates of between $180m and $210m for the full year.

It added that its China market saw revenues double on strong iPhone sales.

The group said smart devices now accounted for 19% of its total subscriber base.

CWC, which demerged from the former Cable & Wireless in March 2010, said it was on track for its full-year results, despite global economic uncertainty.

The firm added it would pursue acquisitions in the northern Caribbean following its purchase of Bahamas Telecommunications in April.