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Archive for October, 2003

DoCoMo revises subscriber estimates…up

After two years of disappointing performance and lowered subscriber targets, NTT DoCoMo is feeling a bit more optimistic about its WCDMA service. The company said it is now raising its subscriber target to 2M users by the end of March 2004, up from its earlier estimate of 1.5M users. DoCoMo also said monthly ARPU for […]

M2M network traffic in Spain

Machine-to-machine telemetry could account for 20% of all wireless data traffic on Vodafone’s network in Spain this year, according to RDSL, although the overall volume of that traffic is not given and is likely miniscule. Nevertheless, some analysts predict that machine-to-machine traffic will represent 4% of total mobile revenue in Spain by 2006, rising to […]

RIM delay denied

RIM lost a minor court battle yesterday when the judge in the patent infringement case with NTP denied RIM’s request to delay moving forward with its appeal until the patents have been reexamined. A jury decided last November that RIM had infringed on several NTP patents and RIM appealed. In January the US Patent and […]

KDDI Flat-rates EV-DO

KDDI says it will charge a flat rate of 4200 (US$38) per month of unmetered 1X EV-DO service when it launches in late November.

‘This holy hype around 3G’

C|Net has an interview with Martin Cooper, CEO of ArrayComm. Cooper is widely credited with having made the first cellular voice call in the US when he worked for Bell Labs. Money quote from the interview: “But if you think you can experience the power of the Internet on a 1-inch screen, you’ve got to […]

Ah. So that’s the problem.

The heads of two large cellular networks, Vodafone and mmO2, gave the world some insight as to some of the problems with UMTS. Most network operators blame handset shortages or vague problems with infrastructure when they are confronted with failure to live up to their earlier promises of availability. But Vodafone’s Arun Sarin, speaking at […]

More delays for UMTS in Europe

3 UK apparently is feeling less bullish about the market. The company has lowered its committment for cell sites with its primary real estate partner by two-thirds to 1350 sites from 4000 sites. Hutchison had originally agreed to lease 1000 sites per year through 2004 from Crown Castle. And in Portugal, Vodafone has asked regulators […]

TETRA in 300MHz

Nokia said it will offer TETRA infrastructure in the 300MHz band starting in late 2004, primarily to enable it to sell into Russia and other countries where the band is available.

If this works it could really have an impact

A small company in Massachusetts has developed a cellular base station that runs on a Linux box. The Vanu Software Radio was developed under a grant from the National Science Foundation and is currently being field tested by rural cellular operator in Texas. According to Vanu the basestation can be adapted to other airlink protocols.

GPRS in Brazil

Nortel said it has been awarded a contract to install GPRS infrastructure by Brazilian GSM operator Claro Networks, a subsidiary of American Movil. Nortel’s press release did not specify broad availability or the commercial terms of the deal.