Archive for May 2008

Europe still living in another world! Mobile operators jack up roaming fees.

May 31, 2008

Mobile Phone Penetration in Europe. 

Each Mobile Operator “Company”, in Europe, is a like an independent country, inside the country. They have their own regulations, the “usual” same “vendors” and most important their own ethics. They are doing anything they like. This is the main reason why mobile operators in Europe hold back, the telephony technology and voice integration with other applications.

Those billing-only-companies, increased the price of roaming calls coming into the European Union by as much as 163 percent, a move they says research firm Informa Telecoms & Media, is necessary to offset the losses from reduced charges within Europe itself.

The European Union stipulated the introduction of the Eurotariff last June and and its enforcement in September. The Eurotariff effectively caps European roaming charges at 49 eurocents per minutes for calls made abroad and 24 eurocents for calls received abroad, hitting Europe’s operators hard. As a result, Informa says operators have significantly jacked up roaming charges outside of Europe to make up for the difference. European regulators don’t have any legislative powers to regulate the cost of roaming outside their own territories, but they say they are well aware of the situation and are considering ways of remedying it.

Telecoms.com: Roamers outside Europe paying price for reduced rates.

India: 3G on the horizon, more Wi-Max deployments in 2009.

May 29, 2008

 India, which is expected to become a hotbed for wireless broadband services, could see 3G and more WiMAX deployments by 2009. The Indian government is expected to issue guidelines on the auction of both 3G and WiMAX network licenses next month.

According to telecom minister Andimuthu Raja, the license conditions would allow foreign participation. According to Indian law, up to 74 percent of an Indian company can be held by a foreign company. With the recent M&A activity and rumors surrounding the country’s existing mobile operators, these licenses should attract a plethora of foreign operators.

The Indian government expects to see WiMAX and 3G networks begin rolling out in January 2009. The initial WiMAX plans laid out by the Indian government include the auction of three 2.5 GHz WiMAX licenses with a 10-megahertz allocation each for the winners. State-owned BSNL has already been handed 20 megahertz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band for mobile WiMAX rollout.

Read: India to issue WiMAX and 3G guidelines in June.

This July launch of next-gen Wi-Fi/Wi-Max platform by Intel.

May 28, 2008

 

 Intel announced it will introduce its next-generation Centrino 2 mobile platform, code-named Montevina, July 14. The platform is expected to offer faster performance and longer battery life, and is long awaited by the WiMAX community as it incorporates both WiFi and WiMAX. In addition, the platform is 40 percent smaller so that it can fit in mini-notebooks.

Intel, invested $1 billion in the new Clearwire WiMAX business, which includes Sprint, cable companies and Google. Intel is hoping WiMAX incorporated in the new platform will do the same thing incorporating WiFi did, spur adoption. However, Clearwire’s rollout will be on a market-by-market basis with 2010 or even 2011 delivering a reasonable footprint in the majority of the top 200 markets. 

InformationWeek: Intel Sets Date for Centrino 2 Mobile Platform.

 

DoCoMo I am confused! High-Speed Mobile Data/VoIP for Home Broadband Networks !#&@$?

May 27, 2008

DoCoMo will offer (FMC) Residential service through WiFi Broadband connection! That means, a typical user need a Broadband connection with a WiFi access point to roam using VoIP. Its funny. Of course this definitely not FMC and definitely its not a mobile technology. More and more mobile vendors are using the infrastructure of traditional Internet providers to offer new technologies to users because they are spending all the money to advertising and complex customer acquisition models.

Press release from DoCoMo

P.S. See the diagram to see how easy it is, the configuration of the service!!!

Possible UK auction delay would be major blow for WiMAX.

May 27, 2008

The UK’s upcoming auction of 2.6GHz mobile broadband spectrum is intensely anticipated, partly because it is the first major European market to make the move, and so will provide some clear indicators for the rest of the region; but also because it represents the best chance for a WiMAX operator to gain a national license in a leading EU economy. But the auction, which has already been delayed once and is now expected this fall, may now be postponed again, as T-Mobile launches legal action to force regulator Ofcom to hold back on the sale until it has finalized its rules on the refarming of 900MHz GSM spectrum.

Read article form WiMax Trends.

Business VoIP: Nearly 8 Million Business VoIP Lines by 2012.

May 27, 2008

 Projections by Pike & Fischer’s Broadband Advisory Services say over 5 million U.S. businesses will use an Internet telephony line (i.e. VoIP) by 2010 and ramp to 7.8 million by 2012.

More importantly for carriers, revenues from business customers will triple over the next five years to hit more than $6 billion, P&F says in its “VoIP in the Business World: Market Forecast and Analysis” report. The biggest chunk of the market will be large enterprises with AT&T and Verizon likely to retain the biggest chare of these customers.

Smaller companies have fewer built-in resources and may take a bit long to adopt VoIP, but the sheer size of the SMB market has attracted a number of new entrants who are doing a better job selling into it.

Another research from Infonetics Research puts adoption rates in 2005 at 36 percent of large, 23 percent of medium and 14 percent of small North American businesses.  By 2010, Infonetics predicts almost half of small companies and two-thirds of large organizations in North America will be using VoIP products and services.

So what’s the hold up? Businesses are reluctant to get rid of their legacy handsets for more costly IP-equipped ones, even though they buy into the idea of the value to migrate to an IP telephony system. Most enterprises choosing to migrate are doing so because they can keep their existing (legacy) investment, operating in a hybrid mode.

Pike & Fischer: VoIP in the Business World: Market Forecast and Analysis.

 

Apple becomes fourth largest Wi-Fi company. Wi-Max next.

May 27, 2008

 

Apple’s growing market share in the desktop and notebook market have been widely reported, but we are now learning that the company’s share in the 801.11n WiFi base station market is even higher. NPD analyst Stephen Baker told AppleInsider that Apple claimed 10.6% of the segment terms of unit volume last month, adding that Apple’s revenue and profit share on sales of the routers are even higher. Apparently, Apple is now in position four in overall 802.11n base station sales. Cisco-Linksys, D-Link and Netgear lead the ranking. Baker recently told Macworld that Time Capsule has emerged as the most popular Network Attached Storage device, with AirPort Extreme becoming the top-selling router in U.S. retail in April.

Apple’s wireless strategy appears to be also focusing on the emerging WiMax and Ultra-wideband standards. As the Senior RF System Engineer job post reveals, Apple is looking for an expert specifically experienced with WiMax, Ultra-Wideband (UWB), GPS, 3G, Bluetooth and Mobile TV technologies. The company may be especially interested in media delivery capabilities and if the “Mobile TV” requirement is any indication, we are looking towards iTunes movie rentals and purchases beamed over WiMax to Apple TV, computers, iPhone and other WiMax equipped devices.