#TBT: All eyes on 3G; Operators vs. banks; Promote providers, not networks? … this week in 2001

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Editor’s Observe: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Fireplace up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the reminiscences!

NTT DoCoMo begins promoting 3G handsets

TOKYO—NTT DoCoMo mentioned it’s going to start promoting handsets appropriate with its deliberate third-generation (3G) FOMA community starting 1 October at 260 shops within the Tokyo metropolitan space, the day the community is scheduled to launch. The three handsets embrace the FOMA N2001, a “standard-type” handset, the P2101V, a “visual-type” handset with digicam features and a coloration display screen, and the FOMA 2401, an all-in-one sort data-card handset. DoCoMo mentioned the handsets will be capable of ship packet communications at a most of 384 kilobits per second (kbps) all the way down to the handset and 64 kbps from the handset. … Learn extra

Voicestream gears up for community improve to GSM/EDGE

DALLAS, United States, and STOCKHOLM, Sweden—VoiceStream Wi-fi signed contracts with each Nortel Networks and Ericsson for its next-generation providers. Nortel mentioned it signed a US$300 million GSM contract to improve VoiceStream Wi-fi’ nationwide networks for deployment within the first quarter of 2002. Beneath the pact, Nortel Networks will provide radio base station tools, switching {and professional} providers for Enhanced Information Charges for International Evolution (EDGE) expertise. “It additionally consists of clever community tools to help billing and location-based providers,” mentioned Nortel in an announcement. Ericsson introduced a US$150 million settlement with VoiceStream to broaden its GSM community and to deploy EDGE. … Learn extra

2.5 GHz nixed as a US 3G band

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Fee (FCC) took the 2500 MHz band out of consideration for third-generation (3G) wi-fi providers, however relaxed guidelines to permit cell use of frequencies beforehand restricted to fastened communications. The FCC ruling is available in response to heavy strain from Congress on behalf of faculties, church buildings, WorldCom and Dash, which vigorously opposed sharing the band or shifting off it to make room for 3G providers. Whereas the vote to take away the 2500 MHz band from the checklist of 3G candidate bands was 5-0, Democratic FCC members Michael Copps and Gloria Tristani, who has since left the company, dissented to the cell element of the choice.“Constructing upon the FCC’s prior selections to broaden the potential makes use of of the 2500-2690 MHz band, the FCC will depend on market forces slightly than making regulatory judgments about the perfect use of the band,” said the Republican majority of FCC Chairman Michael Powell and commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin. … Learn extra

Leap launches service in Dayton

SAN DIEGO-Leap Wi-fi Worldwide Inc. launched its Cricket wi-fi service in Dayton, Ohio, the corporate’s regional headquarters within the higher Midwest.
Leap additionally introduced it acquired wi-fi working licenses for Fort Collins and Greeley, Colo., and Eugene, Ore., in addition to an undisclosed amount of money from American Wi-fi License Group L.L.C. in trade for 10 megahertz of spectrum in Little Rock and Pine Bluff, Ark. … Learn extra

SMS beneficial properties reputation in China

BEIJING—Twenty million of China’s 123 million mobile-phone customers often use quick message service (SMS) to ship one another textual content messages. China Cell, the nation’s largest operator, predicted that 10 billion messages might be despatched this 12 months. Sending an SMS is 4 occasions cheaper than a one-minute telephone name in China. … Learn extra

Operators vs. banks in cell banking providers

OXFORD, United Kingdom—Current efforts by European cell operators to supply monetary providers seems to be set to result in a conflict with the worldwide banking neighborhood. Most of Europe’s massive operators have already launched, or will shortly accomplish that, m-banking or e-wallet providers in an effort to seize a share of the worthwhile funds area, mentioned to be price up e100 billion (US$91.9 billion) in revenues by 2008. Whereas some observers declare that cell operators have gained an early benefit, primarily as a result of banking neighborhood’s inactivity, an growing variety of banks are actually hurriedly drafting plans for cell fee providers. In response to an business analyst, cell-phone operators have been misguided in considering that they might deal with funds themselves. … Learn extra

Nokia will get into ‘m-commerce’

HELSINKI, Finland—Nokia introduced plans for a wide-ranging check of cell commerce services, strikes that embrace making safe bank card funds utilizing a cell phone pockets software. Nokia is teaming with IBM, Visa Worldwide, native banking and expertise firms and Finnish cell operator Radiolinja to conduct the checks. … Learn extra

GSA: Concentrate on providers, not community tech

OXFORD, United Kingdom—European cell-phone operators have been criticized by the International Cell Suppliers Affiliation (GSA) for selling the technical attributes of their networks slightly than providers. The GSA, a commerce affiliation fashioned by the foremost cell-phone tools distributors, mentioned operators have introduced a complicated worth proposition to customers and have didn’t curiosity potential shoppers in cell Web providers. One analyst claimed that operators additionally have to phase their advertising and marketing of providers to be more practical in attracting customers. Analysis carried out by the GSA indicated a scarcity of differentiation amongst operator choices by way of the forms of content material and providers they supply. Operators in america and Western Europe are likely to give attention to information, notably monetary and sporting, and on search amenities. Leisure, similar to jokes, video games and horoscopes, got here second. … Learn extra

Take a look at the RCR Wi-fi Information Archives for extra tales from the previous.

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