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Google Mobile Challenge
Read cellular-news story on Google 's mobile take. The story posted yesterday highlights the timing of Google's move as pointed out in previous post with data and figures. Mobile advertising seems to have not worked out so far in a big way. Google has brought "Open" in a big way to mobile and it has to be seen if this could do what IBM PC did for personal computing. Let you do your own thing. Imagine what will happen when a device manufacturer provides a basic compatible device on which you can download a binary image from an open source choice. While such a scenario might not involve users switching software too often, what it will provide is the decoupling of hardware and software. Applications can be written on their own as a business and they will sell. The Android-based platform would give rise to the first true geek phone. And Google is very intent on making this happen...The big bet is that quality internet is available on the phone and Google makes money out of it. That's ...
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Google's mobile foray
Google might have timed right its move(IHT) into the mobile phone software business with the announcement of the Android platform through the Open Handset Alliance. Data services are playing an ever increasing role in the revenue models of telcos and with burgeoning 3G services and increasing handset processing power, the handset market may well overshadow the traditional PC market and this is happening in some markets like Japan already. ( I'll try to write a story about this one sometime).The Google business model for handsets seems to rely on replicating their successful advertisement-based revenue model on PCs onto handsets. Though there will be no Gphone, like iPhone, phones running on the Android platform are expected to rival the latter in terms of usability and applications.There is a promise of "open" systems and standards with Android which is supposed to open up the networks and devices. This is expected to bring to the consumers a rich internet experience at low to mode...
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3G Round Up - Infrastructure
I ran some searches on the Wireless Trends CSE for the latest 3G deals and trawled the following results.Ericsson chosen by Siminn in Iceland for deploying WCDMA/HSPA network.Ericsson chosen by Emobile in Japan for deploying WCDMA/HSDPA network.Ericsson chosen by Vodafone Spain for deploying WCDMA/HSPA network.Ericsson chosen by Mobily in Saudi Arabia for deploying WCDMA/HSPA network.Nortel chosen by FarEasTone in Taiwan to provide WiMax network.Nortel chosen by Chunghwa in Taiwan to provide WiMax network for healthcare service.Nokia-Siemens chosen by Mobile Telesystem OJSC in Russia to provide WCDMA/HSPA network.Huawei chosen by Moroccan Telecom in Morocco to provide UMTS/HSPA network.Huawei chosen by KPN Mobile in the Netherlands to supply UMTS/HSPA networkZTE chosen by ClearTalk Wireless in the USA to supply CDMA2000 EV-DO networkZTE chosen by PGH in Estonia for UMTS/HSPA networkAlcatel-Lucent selected by Siminn for GPON access solutions to migrate fixed voice servicesMake out yo...
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Qualcomm targets WiMax with 3G technology for laptops
In its strategy to counter WiMax, Qualcomm has announced [InformationWeek] a 3G chipset that provides connectivity to laptops on UMTS HSPA and CDMA2000 EV-DO networks worldwide. Along with 3G connectivity the Gobi chipset also has support for GPS.Qualcomm claims it is enough that laptops are equipped with the Gobi chipset for 3G connectivity clearly taking a potshot at Intel-backed WiMax.Qualcomm has the support of laptop maker HP and telcos Vodafone and Verizon Wireless all of whom have come out with statements welcoming the Gobi chipset.For the telcos the chipset is an exciting prospect with possibilities of tying in the laptops with data plans a la mobile phones. However it has to be seen as to how the chipset will be bundled -with both the HSPA and EV-DO options together or if the users will have to choose one of them.Intel would have an edge in persuading laptop vendors to bundle WiMax chipsets and Qualcomm would have to forge more deals with laptop vendors to take its Gobi c...
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Number Portability Directions
Mobile number portability has been introduced in the U.S. , the U.K., Australia, Korea, Japan, Canada, Pakistan and most countries in Europe. Introduction in India needs a push from the telecom department in terms of setting firm goals for the telcos. Telcos obviously are apprehensive about the move since they have to invest a lot all for opening the gates of churn. But they have to realize that number portability would make them more competitive and better organizations striving to meet the expectations of their subscribers and raise their levels.Since number portability has been on the table for quite some time now, I am sure telcos would have had devised their strategies for it. The telecom department can go ahead on this front boldly as the move is after all a long overdue benefit due to the consumers. One opportunity for the telecom department is to mandate number portability for all new 3G service rollouts. This can be a given for the telcos so they do not have to complain at ...
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Nokia, Motorola, Qisda gear up to launch WiMax devices in 2008
Digitimes reports that Nokia , Motorola and Qisda (formerly BenQ) are gearing up to launch WiMax devices in 2008. Motorola has plans to release a dualmode CDMA/WiMax handset in the first half of 2008. Nokia is expected to launch an Internet tablet around the same time supporting WiMax. Taiwan-based Qisda plans to launch an EDGE/WiMax device in 2008.In most markets 3G spectrum auctions are around the corner and service providers in some countries such as India have already thought to have completed trials of WiMax technology.Handset manufacturers are gearing up for the launch of their devices in time for availability when the 3G rollout happens.
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BSNL's broadband, WiMax moves
I read a story in LightReading about BSNL, the state-owned telecom service provider calling for a tender to supply GEPON (Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network) for its planned broadband network. GEPON is a popular network access technology delivering 1Gbit/sec over ethernet on a passive optical network and would be an essential part of the triple-play services rollout planned by BSNL. If we go by past business record with the ADSL rollout, UTStarcom Inc is considered to have a good chance of landing the deal.Coming to WiMax, BSNL is all set to call for a wireless broadband tender very soon according tot the same story. For this tender there are many vendors who could fit the bill including Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola Inc, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Nortel Networks and the Indo-US vendor Telsima. Telsima has already supplied WiMax equipment to Reliance Comm and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited.So you can see the pace gathering and we can watch out for more news on the infrastructure deals ...
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WiMax gets nod as a 3G standard
WiMax has been approved as a standard for 3G services by ITU as reported by IHT, WirelessWeek. What this means is that WiMax technology can be now deployed in the 2.5 - 2.69 GHz licensed spectrum bands. This announcement will push forward 3G spectrum auctions in many geographies at a rapid pace.WiMax technology brings broadband to wireless offering data applications 10 megabits per second to 40 megabits per second speeds under most conditions. Intel has been promoting WiMax for sometime now and the approval is seen a shot in the arm for the technology's adoption in devices ranging from laptops to mobile phones.WiMax had been contending for approval with at least two other technologies - LTE ( long term evolution ) promoted by Ericsson and Ultra Mobile Broadband promoted by Qualcomm. WiMax had gained momentum by the backing of personal computer makers - Acer and Lenovo and mobile phone leader Nokia among others.
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CDMA player to foray into GSM space
The government has given the goahead for existing telecom providers to expand their services by using alternate technology according this ET story. What this means is that existing CDMA players can offer GSM services in all the circles they are currently serving and vice versa for GSM players.Anil Dhirubhai Ambani promoted Reliance Comm's application for providing GSM services on a pan-India basis gets approved with this policy direction and Reliance Comm's spectrum needs are virtually assured.Subscriber-based based spectrum allocation and spectrum auctions are currently not in favour. Existing players would be able to get additional spectrum in areas where they are not present, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Bharti Airtel which is the largest GSM player and is present in almost all circles would find this as a downside.The need for existing pan-India GSM players is to increase their subscriber base and consolidate their positions. However the policy direction has an effect of...
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Nokia uncorks N95 8GB
Nokia has finally uncorked the N95 8GB in the Symbian Show. Its not only about the higher capacity but also about the bigger screen size and the stunning black color. The battery life is extended by changing the batteries of course and because of this there is not lens protector for the camera. What a deal! The original N95 did well but its battery life was on the lesser side. Now the 8GB model should help with the battery life. Nokia has realized this well and has even gone to the extent of dumping the lens protector to solve the problem. It has to be seen as to how this move is taken in the market.With the shopping season around the corner Nokia may have an ace in the new N95 8GB.
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Spectrum Wars in India
Okay this story continues on the last one. Spectrum ... In a story attributed to IE I read about the big problem at hand for the regulators in India on allocating spectrum to the existing and new licensees.The players like - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance have among themselves earmarked $8billion worth of plans for expansion and this is not going to happen without addtional spectrum.On the other hand there are new players who are awaiting their licenses and in turn their spectrum allocations - AT&T/Mahindra (see previous post), Verizon/Videocon are some. The regulators would like the new players to come in as it is bound to be beneficial to the consumer with better services and better tariffs - but can they ignore the existing players and their long pending requests for addtional spectrum ?Well the spectrum allocation issue is bound to get very contentious and the authorities should given premium to greater transparency and do a fine balancing act with respect to existing p...
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India is the place to be for wireless operators
I read a story in CNNMoney about AT&T applying for wireless licenses covering all of India in association with its local partner Mahindra Telecom. Now this is an interesting move considering the recent developments - Vodafone has come in a big way with by winning its bid for Hutch and making announcements it is going to splurge $2billion to carve up the market. The largest player in the market Airtel at present is doing just well with 43 million subscribers. With less than 20% of 1.12 billion people using mobile phones and usage steadily catching up big players are taking a fancy to the Indian market. This seems to be the best growth scenario among all emerging economies.The CNN story goes on to emphasize that after getting the license and spectrum AT&T would have to contend with the stiff competition to make a dent. Though early it has to be seen how AT&T plans to rapidly expand its network infrastructure. On its business model, I think AT&T would have attractive co...
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Samsung Intros GPS Phone
Samsung has introduced its first GPS equipped phone with the launch of i550. Running on Symbian S60 platform, it marks the debut of the OS on Samsung phones along with the i400, i450 and the higher-end i560. The phone features a Blackberry-like trackball, has 150 MB flash memory, triband GSM, 3.2 MP camera and HSDPA. The featureset compares well with N95 and can be expected to give a boost to Samsung during the Christmas season.
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