A n y w h e r e Y o u G o . c o m Daily fix - November 2001
7 November, 2001
o SysOpen Launches GSM-to-Database Access Software http://www.ayg.com/R.po?
8 November, 2001
o Fujitsu Microelectronics America Introduces Mbf200 Fingerprint Sensor
o First Wireless, Digital Pen Available Now
First Wireless, Digital Pen Available Now
13:45 PM GMT on Nov 08, 2001
Casio announced the availability of the first wireless, digital pen allowing mobile users to write on paper
and capture their writing into their CASSIOPEIA Pocket PC or FIVA (MPC-206E) sub-notebook.
The E-Pen, designed and manufactured by E-Pen InMotion, Inc., will be distributed this month.
InMotion has created a wireless digital pen that frees the user from device display size and input
restrictions by allowing them to write on any type of paper. The sleek pen weighs 15 grams and is about
the size of a large Mont Blanc pen. Users install the E-Pen DigiWrite software on their device; clip a small
receiver to any piece of paper and, via ultrasonic technology, the E-Pen transmits a precise image of the
user's handwriting to the connected device.
"Possible applications for E-Pen are virtually unlimited. For example, with the E-Pen, students can transfer
notes taken in class to text documents for easy storage and organization; attorneys in trial can take
handwritten notes with E-Pen that are easily transferred into text documents for files; and merchants can
complete transactions anywhere based on signature capture and authentication with the use of the
CASSIOPEIA Pocket PC coupled with the E-Pen," said Gary Rado, President of Casio, Inc. "We are
delighted to work closely with E-Pen InMotion and to be first to market with the world's most advanced
digital pen technology, giving our customers another reason to purchase Casio," said Gary Rado,
President of Casio, Inc.
The combination of the CASSIOPEIA Pocket PC/FIVA and E-Pen makes it possible to capture handwritten,
mobile data input that can be emailed, faxed or stored as jpg or bmp files. It also enables the
development of secure ink, signature validation and vertical market applications targeting Financial
Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Retail and Mobile Commerce industries.
"As devices continue to shrink and display sizes decrease, users are demanding easier methods of getting
data into their devices," said Raul Rodriguez, Vice President Sales and Marketing, E-Pen InMotion, Inc.
"The E-Pen makes it easier than ever for today's mobile users to work on the run. We are excited that
Casio is our first US distributor, as they already offer a diverse and exciting product line that will benefit
from using the E-Pen. Casio users will love the product because they can write on basically any flat
surface and have that writing transferred precisely and instantaneously into their device, whether it be a
CASSIOPEIA Pocket PC or the new MPC-206E (FIVA) sub-notebook."
o Hutchison to Launch 3G Cell Services in Europe Next Sept.
Hutchison to Launch 3G Cell Services in Europe Next Sept.
17:15 PM GMT on Nov 09, 2001
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., a Hong Kong-based conglomerate, plans to launch its third-generation mobile
phone services in September 2002 in Britain and Italy and in Hong Kong a month later, a top executive
Group Managing Director Canning Fok told Kyodo News the global business partner of Japanese mobile
phone giant NTT DoCoMo Inc. plans to provide various content such as material related to soccer
matches through the high-speed Internet access service.
The group is also interested in the Chinese market, said Fok, who is the de facto head of the group. He
was in Tokyo on his first visit to Japan since the group launched Hutchison Whampoa Japan Ltd. in
"But we've got to wait until (China's accession to) the World Trade Organization and see how foreigners
will be allowed to invest" in China, he said.
China's WTO membership is expected to be given final approval this weekend at a WTO ministerial
meeting in Qatar, paving the way for its accession after ratification by the end of this year.
Hutchison Whampoa is a conglomerate running businesses related to ports, property, hotels, retail,
manufacturing, energy and infrastructure, as well as telecommunications and e-commerce.
"At this stage, the Hutchison concentration is in the third-generation business. That is the main effort,"
said Fok, who has served as group managing director since 1993.
The launch of trial services will be before the summer holiday about July, Fok said.
Hutchison 3G UK Ltd. will handle the British operation and subsidiary H3G Italy S.p.A. the Italian one.
The British company is a joint venture with NTT DoCoMo and DoCoMo's Dutch cell phone affiliate KPN
But Fok did not elaborate on a target number of subscribers after full commercial services begin or what
kind of content would be hit services for the group.
"Soccer is a big thing" in Britain and Italy, he said.
Fok also expressed Hutchison's intention to maintain business ties with NTT DoCoMo because it is helpful
for the Hong Kong group to "share experience" with the Japanese company.
o Malaysia's 3G Policy May Lead to Fewer Operators, Analysts Say
o U.S. Carriers Finally Get Together On SMS
November 14th, 2001
o Young Australians Reject WAP Phones in Favour of Text Messaging
Young Australians Reject WAP Phones in Favour of Text Messaging
18:30 PM GMT on Nov 14, 2001
Young Australians have said they prefer old-fashioned text messaging to Internet-enabled mobile phones,
according to a study released today.
The study tested people aged between 16 and 22 and found they were quick to ditch phones with
wireless application protocol (WAP) technology after finding they could not access all websites or use e-
"By the end of two weeks there were very few uses that they really wanted to put that WAP aspect of the
phone to ... in every case the internet use went down monumentally," said Jane Peck, program manager
of the study.
Despite being given free use of the phones, many of the 30 youths in Sydney and Melbourne went back
to using their own handsets to send text messages.
Ms Peck said the most popular WAP functions were simple ones like the checking movie screening times,
weather, surf and ski reports and sport results.
The youths' favourite feature of the free handsets - the speakerphone - was not even part of WAP
They often used the function when making prank calls to friends so others could listen in.
"How much more fun is it if you've got three of your mates sitting around listening to the phone call, and
this is what they ended up doing - a lot of pranking and sharing it," Ms Peck said.
University of Melbourne researcher Jennie Carroll said new products needed features that hooked
consumers in the way text messaging had enhanced mobile phone use.
"If you don't have those hooks they're not going to the effort to use the new technology - to master it,"
Dr Carroll said.
The survey is part of a three-year research project by the university and Cambridge Technology Partners
about young Australians' use of technology.
November 15th, 2001
Forrester: Japanese, European Mobile Are Not So Different
16:30 PM GMT on Nov 15, 2001
A third of Japanese consumers use one of the country's three mobile Internet services -- NTT DoCoMo's
i-mode, KDDI's ezWeb, and J-Phone's J-Sky. Meanwhile, less than 2% of Europeans use WAP. How can
the Japanese be so different? According to a new brief by Forrester Research B.V., the startling answer is
that they're not. Europeans embrace exactly the same data services as the Japanese do -- just in the
form of SMS, not WAP.
"The story's the same in both Europe and Japan where mobile phones reach more than half of all
consumers -- 58% penetration in Japan against 65% in Europe," said Matthew M. Nordan, Research
Director at Forrester. Equally, there's parity in the popularity of mobile applications. In both Japan and
Europe messaging is the top data application, ring tones and picture downloads come next, followed by
news weather and sports information."
With SMS in the picture, Europe stands slightly ahead of Japan in mobile data adoption, but mobile
Internet technologies are thriving in Japan while WAP has failed to displace SMS in Europe. The reasons
are threefold. Japan has better networks that gave consumers instant-on, push-capable mobile data
services. SMS offers Europeans the same crisp experience, but WAP over Europe's GSM networks doesn't.
Japanese operators dictate handset standards to manufacturers, so all phones give users the same
smooth online experience. In Europe, manufacturers set the rules -- yielding confusion and
incompatibilities. And while European operators pursued "walled-garden" approaches, Japanese operators
encouraged open content creation and marketed through mass media, phone shops, and on-street
In contrast to Japan, where mobile Internet adoption rose sharply, Europeans will only gradually migrate
as networks get upgraded for fast, instant-on data that matches SMS. Firms can get ahead now by
importing Japanese know-how to build back-end expertise, marketing acumen, winning content and
"Japan's mobile Internet boom hinged on pay-per-use billing options and content distribution facilities,"
Nordan added. "Dutch telco KPN should tap its stakeholder DoCoMo for these capabilities -- not for the i-
Few European operators have successfully marketed new data services, whereas independent phone
shops such as The Carphone Warehouse have succeeded. The UK phone shop leveraged its physical
distribution network to make Mviva, its mobile portal joint venture with AOL, a strong competitor to
mobile portals run by the operators it sells subscriptions for. Vodafone should mimic how its Japanese
subsidiary J-Phone uses retail outlets as education centers for new services like mobile photos. European
media giants like Endemol can learn how to manage content in multiple formats from Japanese
specialists like CYBIRD, which develops and hosts Disney's content across Japan's three incompatible
mobile Internet services.
Finally, the operator-developed mServices standard shows that Europe's handset business is becoming
like Japan's. Matsushita or Sony Ericsson could take a bite out of Nokia by building phones to spec for
operators like Vodafone or Orange."
Survey Confirms It: Wireless Email Tops PDA Users' Gift Lists
17:15 PM GMT on Nov 15, 2001
A survey commissioned by wireless networking company Motient Corp. says the ability to access and use
e-mail wirelessly from a personal digital assistant ranked first on PDA users' wish lists. In addition, the
survey revealed that wireless applications, such as the ability to track stocks, review restaurants, locate
addresses and get traffic and weather reports are "extremely important" to the PDA user's lifestyle.
Coupled with e-mail capabilities, the survey uncovered that the top three most important functions that
PDA users consider when making a wireless device purchase decision are reliability of the network on
which the device runs, mobility, and the cost of the device and monthly airtime fees.
"People want to stay connected and they want reliability,'' said Peter B. Belman, vice president of
marketing and brand management for the Reston, Va.-based Motient. "Our core offering - a reliable
means to stay connected wirelessly - is validated by these findings."
Additional survey highlights include: PDA users between the ages of 31 and 40 account for 31 percent of
responses followed by PDA users 21 to 30 at 28 percent of responses;
More than 36 percent of those surveyed own a Palm V series handheld, making it the most popular PDA;
The top three user application functionalities include calendar and contact information, tied at 77 percent,
followed by the ability to use other business applications at 40 percent;
When asked what characteristics or new applications are most important for future devices, survey
answers revealed increased storage/RAM, faster transmission speed of data and real-time wireless email;
Men are almost twice as likely to use PDAs than women.
The survey also addressed coverage issues, constraints and limitations. Among those polled, loss of
coverage was a major problem, with more than 44 percent of respondents reporting they always lost
coverage in a tunnel, 41 percent lost coverage in the subway, 31 percent in a basement or underground
facility, 28 percent in an elevator and 14 percent outside a metropolitan area.
Motient, together with public relations firm Hill and Knowlton, administered the national survey targeting
PDA users in 11 pre-selected U.S. cities. This survey was conducted with the purpose of uncovering
information on PDA users' current usage habits, preferences and desires for future functionalities of their
PDA devices. Industry studies by design involve small samples of participants for exploratory research
purposes. This survey was sent to 5,213 registered PDA users. The survey garnered participation from
4.8 percent of those targeted, or 254 people
Motient owns and operates the largest data network in the U.S. and provides two-way mobile and
Internet communications services principally to business customers and enterprises. Motient sells a
number of two-way messaging services including the BlackBerry by Motient, eLink and MobileModem.
November 16th, 2001
WAP Is Not Dead; It's Only Resting
13:15 PM GMT on Nov 16, 2001
The new chief executive of the WAP Forum vowed that the ailing technology will get better and will usher
in a new age of mobile communications.
Bob Brown admitted that the technology was not used by "50 to 100 million users" but one day it would
He said that the first versions of Wireless Application Protocol were unimpressive and tough to use, but
were still the only thing some 20 million people can currently use on their mobile phones.
"Most don't, because WAP is hard to set up, and it takes a long time to log on and find the wireless
websites," Brown said.
The connections are "notoriously unstable" and, with exceptions such as BT's Genie, there are few
attractive services, he added.
However, Brown said that in Japan, iMode technology had shown how good WAP-like services could be.
"It indicates mobile phone users are eager to use mobile data services, but only if they offer value and
are easy to use," he said.
Brown added that it was more reasonable to compare the first WAP versions with DOS. "WAP is a child
that's growing out of its infancy," he said, adding that "the new version 2.0 of WAP is at best a toddler."
Brown said his new role will be to persuade wireless telecom operators, software developers and handset
manufacturers to embrace the new version, after the disappointment of the first version.
He has an uphill battle. No one supports Wap 2.0, although there are indications that mobile Multimedia
Messaging, a feature of Wap 2.0, will be available by the middle of next year.
November 19th, 2001
o Nokia Unveils 2.5G Symbian OS v6.1 Phone
Nokia Unveils 2.5G Symbian OS v6.1 Phone
15:45 PM GMT on Nov 19, 2001
Nokia today announced the Nokia 7650 - the world's first 2.5G Symbian OS mobile phone with advanced
messaging and imaging capabilities. Featuring an inbuilt camera, enhanced user interface and large
colour display, the Nokia 7650 is the first mobile phone to be announced based on Symbian OS v6.1. Key
features of the Nokia 7650 are its support for GPRS as well as HSCSD connections, WAP, Bluetooth,
SyncML, infrared capability, email, MIDP Java support and multimedia messaging (MMS).
"The wireless industry has been waiting for a new type of mobile phone to drive home the benefits of
advanced data services. The Nokia 7650, based on the advanced, open Symbian OS, heralds the arrival
of this next generation of mobile phone and sets a fresh direction for the industry. A world' first in terms
of its multimedia messaging capability, the Nokia 7650 is also the first always connected Symbian OS
phone to be squarely targeted at the mass consumer market," said Colly Myers, CEO, Symbian.
Imaging functionality of the Nokia 7650 includes an integrated digital camera with a VGA resolution,
picture taking and sending, a photo album for storing pictures, and a large 176x208 pixel colour display.
The MMS works much the same way as SMS messages, but allows users to combine audio-, graphic-,
text- and imaging content in one message. Once the user has selected a picture, written a text, and
included an audio clip, a multimedia message can be sent directly to another multimedia messaging-
capable terminal, as well as to the recipients email address.
The combination of the advanced, open Symbian OS, with the advanced multimedia and imaging
functions of the Nokia 7650, also provides a compelling new target device for developers wanting to
create additional content, services and applications for the mobile user.
Nokia have announced that the Nokia 7650 will be available in Europe and Asia during Q2, 2002.
o GSM Europe to Address Base Station Concerns
o AT&T Wireless Breaks 'Carrier Barrier'
AT&T Wireless Breaks 'Carrier Barrier'
16:30 PM GMT on Nov 19, 2001
Starting today, AT&T Wireless customers will be the first in the country to be able to send a "Season's
Greetings" text message to virtually any wireless phone - regardless of the carrier - simply by knowing
the recipient's phone number. AT&T Wireless 2-Way Text Messaging customers no longer have to worry
about what wireless company their friends, family or colleagues use.
"We are giving our customers more choice and convenience, while enabling them to take advantage of
the growing popularity of text messaging," said Lisa Jo Wilson-Knight, vice president, marketing services,
AT&T Wireless. "This is just the beginning, now text messaging is almost as seamless and as far-reaching
as voice calling."
This expanded reach and ease-of-use gives customers the option of abandoning traditional pen-and-
paper greetings in favor of delivering words from the heart, right from their wireless phones. For
example, during Thursday's game Bronco football fans can give Dallas fans a ribbing with a text message
"Hey, Trky - Dnvr up by a TD! :-)"
Eliminating messaging barriers to drive use, adoption nationwide
AT&T Wireless was the first national carrier to bring short messaging service (SMS) to the United States.
Less than one year later, the company takes text messaging to the next level by enabling its customers
to send messages across carriers -- and just in time to meet the "holiday rush" seen overseas.
In Europe, where interoperability is not an issue since carriers share the same network technology, text
messaging volumes tend to spike during the holiday season. Last year, the GSM Association reported a
record 15 million SMS were sent over the world's GSM wireless networks during December 2000 -- a
figure that indicates a five-fold increase in the volume of messages typically generated monthly. (1)
"With this move, AT&T Wireless has staked out a clear leadership position in providing messaging
services that other carriers will surely follow," said Keith Mallinson, executive vice president of the Yankee
Group. "To date, the biggest obstacle inhibiting the growth of messaging in the US has been the lack of
interoperability between carriers. By removing this barrier, we believe that US consumers and businesses
will finally begin to adopt messaging services en masse, as we have seen in many other countries."
AT&T Wireless' inter-carrier text messaging capability is available to post-paid and prepaid subscribers in
all of the company's TDMA and GSM markets. InphoMatch, Inc., a wireless messaging solution provider,
provides the software for AT&T Wireless' inter-carrier messaging services. InphoMatch's advanced routing
system sends messages between and across U.S. carriers simply by using a wireless phone number,
while remaining transparent to the customer.
AT&T Wireless customers with 2-way text-messaging capable phones may choose from two text
messaging feature plans:
* Pay no monthly charge and pay $.10 per message sent.
* $4.99 per month with 100 included outgoing messages and $.10 per
Both offer unlimited incoming messages and allow messages to be sent to subscribers of other carriers
for no additional charge.
o Unimobile, Ticketmaster to Deploy Mobile Application for NHL
Unimobile, Ticketmaster to Deploy Mobile Application for NHL
15:15 PM GMT on Nov 19, 2001
Unimobile Inc., a leading provider of global mobile messaging solutions for enterprises, and Ticketmaster,
the world's leading ticketing and access company, today announced the deployment of a pilot mobile
notification solution for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. This first-of-its-kind application, developed by
Unimobile, allows Ticketmaster's customers to receive ticket offers on their mobile phones on an opt-in
basis and use the call back number and promotion code to complete the purchase.
Using Unimobile's solution for the pilot, Ticketmaster is delivering personalized ticket availability
notifications and ticket offers to fans of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes who have opted in to receive alerts
on their mobile phones and pagers, based on preferences set by each customer. Customers have the
option of buying tickets by responding to an embedded phone number in the message and providing the
promotion code. Customers can also use the promotion code for ticket purchases on the
ticketmaster.com website and on the Ticketmaster wireless website.
"We're very excited to be working with Ticketmaster on this innovative mobile messaging application,"
said Vas Bhandarkar, Chairman and CEO of Unimobile. "The success of this service will open the doors
for a range of innovative mobile interactive services, that will allow mobile users to instantly access
information and conduct transactions from their mobile phones, wherever they are."
o DoCoMo to Limit E-Mail Greetings on New Year
22nd of November, 2001
o Gasping for Air
Gasping for Air
16:30 PM GMT on Nov 20, 2001
U.S. wireless carriers are suffocating for lack of spectrum. Already hard-pressed to meet current demand,
vendors say the situation could become even more dire as the industry implements third-generation (3G)
wireless data transmission. U.S. manufacturers could fall behind their European and Asian counterparts,
increased demand could drive prices up and performance down, and the United States even could lose its
dominant position in Internet applications, say vendors.
Or not. U.S. vendors simply could be hyperventilating?r at least posturing for public consumption. After
all, it is by no means clear that the market is ready for 3G. Implementations overseas are barely in the
pilot phase, and inflated spectrum license prices could cripple the market.
"[Vendors] are saying 'the sky is falling,' but if you look around the world, Japan is the only place that
has 3G today, and there it's in an introductory stage," says Rich Grant, director of government relations
for the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA), in Alexandria, VA. "Carriers are saying 'let's
get the spectrum now, before we know where the demand is.' I don't know that that's really valid."
Running on empty
While vendors may be overreacting, it's clear that U.S. spectrum allocation policy must change. Over the
last 20 years, cell phones have swallowed up all the spectrum they've been allocated, and now they are
gasping for more. But there is no unoccupied spectrum left in the United States. Any new spectrum
allocations will require current holders to be evicted. "Spectrum is gold," says Al Haase, CEO of Melborne,
FL, antenna technology company SkyCross Inc. "Everyone is reluctant to give it up." And any entity
forced to move from a band is going to want to be recompensed in full.
For now, wireless companies may be able to tweak the technology to use their allotted spectrum more
efficiently. "You build a skyscraper as high as you can, but eventually you just plain need more real
estate," says Reed Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who currently
serves as an industry consultant.
3G wireless, in particular, will demand a great deal of bandwidth, as carriers try to transmit not only
voice, but also data, at speeds ranging from 150 kilobits to 5 gigabits per second. Unfortunately, the
spectrum most suitable for 3G wireless applications is occupied by people with big guns.
The 1710-1785-MHz and 1785-1850-MHz bands were among the frequencies identified for 3G wireless by
the Worldwide Radiocommunication Conference for 3G Wireless Use held by the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) last year.
Motorola Inc. , Schaumburg, IL, and other Personal Communications Service (PCS) providers favor these
frequencies. "The 1700-MHz band is already a global mobile band," says Steve Sharkey, Motorola's
director of spectrum standards strategy for the global customer solutions organization in Washington, DC.
"It's used by?7% of the world's population." The fact that Europe and Asia are using that band for 3G
applications is particularly attractive.
"Vendors already have the radio and antenna elements, so the development costs would not be
dramatic," adds Haase.
1700-MHz: Prisoner of war?
But that's where the big guns are. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) uses those frequencies for
satellite control, weapons guidance, and battlefield communications. The band also is used by other
government agencies including the Justice and Interior Departments, according to Julius Knapp, deputy
chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology in Washington, DC. The probability that the DOD
would make any major changes in its command and control capabilities was unlikely even before the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and the retaliation begun on Oct. 7. Now, national security
is certain to take precedence over commercial telecommunications uses, at least in the short term.
"You don't want to press a button and have the enemy's garage door open," says Curtis Davis, corporate
vice president of Aether Systems Inc. , a wireless technology and service provider in Owings Mills, MD.
That may well tip the scales toward another band identified by the ITU: 2500-2690 MHz. Also favored by
many U.S.-based wireless providers, this segment may be even more suitable than the lower-frequency
1700-MHz band. "The lower in frequency you go, the larger the antenna needs to be," says SkyCross'
Haase. "If you want to make very small, pocket-friendly devices, the higher frequencies are more
Still, some object. Using the 2500-MHz band would leave the United States isolated from the rest of the
world, they say. In addition, it is currently occupied by the instructional television fixed service for
distance learning and multichannel multipoint distribution services.
Open season on 2500 MHz
In fact, the FCC has signaled this could be a prime area for 3G. On Sept. 24, it issued a statement that
broadened the type of service this band could be used for to include fixed and mobile wireless services.
However, the agency did not order the relocation of the existing licensees. Instead, "the FCC will rely on
market forces rather than making regulatory judgments about the best use of the band," the statement
Another possibility is the spectrum slated to be freed up when television broadcasters finish the transition
from analog to digital transmission. That includes 54-88 megahertz for channels 2-6 and 174-220
megahertz for channels 7-13. Although the broadcasters were expected to reduce their reliance on that
spectrum by 2006, virtually no one thinks that will happen because the transition to digital TV
broadcasting is moving so slowly.
For now, any urgency on the part of the government to allocate additional spectrum specifically for 3G
has been eased. The FCC had been scheduled to auction additional spectrum for 3G applications by
September 30, 2002. However, in September Nancy Victory, the head of the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce, called for a two-
year extension so that the impact of new spectrum allocation could be further examined. The new
deadline is now Sept. 30, 2004.
Don't hold your breath
But the longer the FCC takes, the more frustrated players become. Vendors need 18 to 24 months to
build the equipment for 3G, says Adam Guy, senior analyst with the Strategis Group, a wireless
telecommunications consulting company in Washington, DC. Vendors need to design and build handsets
that will handle 3G applications; network providers need to know where cells should be located, and what
frequencies they should be tuned to; and carriers need to know where they should start rolling out their
applications. To accomplish any of that, they need to know the frequencies with which they'll be working.
It's all well and good for the government to take its time, Guy says. "But two years from now, when
everybody is saying 'where are the handsets?' they'll be able to blame the FCC."
Though they have no evidence to back up their claims, vendors insist the delay could hurt the United
States. Third-generation implementations in Hong Kong, Japan and the United Kingdom have entered the
pilot phase, with full scale implementation possible by the end of the year. "We haven't been able to do
the test and trial here that they've been able to do," says Aether Systems' Davis. "They should be able to
deploy more rapidly."
And a failure in the United States to establish an early 3G presence may have broader implications. The
United States has enjoyed a home-field advantage in Internet services, according to Tom Wheeler,
president and chief executive officer of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA).
Because many see the wireless Internet as the next generation of Internet applications, losing the lead in
wireless technology could put the United States in danger of losing that advantage. International
competitors could "control the next generation of Internet products and services by giving non-U.S.
companies access to pathways necessary to deliver those products and services," Wheeler testified in
Congress last year.
Others point out that most of the leaders in the 3G race so far only have arrows in their backs to show
for it. In Europe and Asia, a king's ransom has been paid for 3G spectrum licenses over the last few
years?ore than $200 billion for European licenses alone.
"Initially, the rush to get the licenses was because the operators were out of capacity and needed more
frequency," says Ozgur Aytar, an analyst with Strategis Group. "Operators and manufacturers were
forced?n order to survive?o come up with new applications that would make users want to use these new
But now the market downturn has limited capital, notes Motorola's Sharkey. Having mortgaged their
future to pay for the licenses, providers are hard-pressed to find the money to finance the rollouts of the
Although some accuse the FCC of dragging its feet, the agency needs to take its time with this, says
Knapp. "We're working with the NTIA and other affected agencies to?each a decision," says Knapp. "The
issue is long-term capacity. Given the very dense use in the United States and the importance of the
existing services for national security and education, we need time to sort this through."
Meanwhile, nervous vendors wait, holding their breath. Many are trying to add more data capabilities to
existing technologies in so-called 2.5G wireless. They will try to squeeze every bit of performance out of
existing capacity. "There will always be incremental improvements," says Skycross' Haase.
o Verizon Wireless Combines Phone, 2-Way Text Messaging, Internet Browsing
o Motorola Introduces T193 GPRS-Enabled Mobile Phones in U.S.
o Building Presence Awareness into the Wireless Network
Building Presence Awareness into the Wireless Network
16:00 PM GMT on Nov 20, 2001
One of the beauties and necessities of instant messaging is the user's ability to see if his or her
messaging partners are on or offline.
The presence detection feature is a fundamental aspect of services such as America Online's Instant
Messenger, and wireless handset manufacturers and service providers are working intently to bring even
more diverse and powerful variations of this concept to the mobile environment.
One approach that is nearing commercialization is a Motorola system designed for a wireless network.
The Motorola Messenger Power by Personity will enable operators to install a variety of messaging
services on their networks while offering presence and availability information to participants.
The platform, planned for commercial release early next year, is just one of many options that operators
soon will have for bringing so-called instant messaging and presence services, or IMPS, to their
customers. Ericsson and Nokia, like Motorola, also are working on such products, and all three companies
have teamed up through their Wireless Village initiative to develop and advance standards that will
ensure interoperability between competing messaging and multimedia platforms. The initiative also aims
to help propel third-party development of presence-related applications.
Last month the three companies demonstrated their ability to conduct IMPS from a variety of devices via
a couple different servers. The Motorola platform, now undergoing trials with several wireless operators,
adds visibility to the company's solution while providing the industry with a closer look at how IMPS in
general will advance customer services and how Motorola's approach will work in particular.
"The instant messaging systems that have been available until now have not been integrated with the
carriers' networks," says Craig Peddie, general manager of Motorola's Lexicus division, the branch of the
company that focuses on user interface software.
Most wireless IM services to date have run over WAP, forcing the user to log onto the instant messaging
server through a WAP browser. Such services also have emphasized the dominance of circuit-switched
networks, not packet-based systems that would allow more robust features and always-on connectivity.
Further, the ability for a wireless customer to see if another person's phone is on or offline, and what
type of device they're using, still is very new.
The Motorola solution, when it ships, will be packet-based end to end, and handsets will have dedicated
client software to manage their messaging sessions, Peddie says. Because it is packet-based, Motorola is
tailoring the platform for 2.5- and third-generation networks.
Motorola says it will offer all of the following within the single platform: multimedia instant messaging;
integration with short messaging service; multimedia messaging services; presence-enabled voice calling;
and user control of presence and availability. The company says its product will comply with open
industry standards for presence and instant messaging, such as the forthcoming Internet Engineering
Task Force's instant messaging presence protocol and the Wireless Village specification, which is set for
publication in early 2002.
The vendor's presence solution is based in large part on patent-pending technology and software from
Personity Inc., a presence and IM infrastructure software developer. Motorola Ventures has made an
equity investment in Personity and the two companies are jointly developing the wireless network
solution, cross-licensing technologies and marketing the solution worldwide.
26th of November, 2001
o European Mobile Roundup (AYG Original Article)
European Mobile Roundup
Nov 26, 2001
The last year has been anything but successful for European mobile operators. Business confidence has
dragged stock markets lower and created, for some, skyrocketing interest due on debt acquired during
3G auctions. There are some signs that things are changing for the better, though hard times aren’t over
yet; and for many, times will get worse before they get better.
The mobile outlook varies by country as well as by technology; below are a few perspectives on industry
One issue in Europe has been some markets’ price of 3G licenses. Some mobile operators say the UK
auction set hugely unrealistic prices, but their concerns are not shared by UK officials.
Patricia Hewitt MP, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has ruled out any refunds despite
continued requests from the operators. Further, Cellnet and one2one have lost their latest claim, which
held that the practice of allowing some operators, such as Orange and Vodafone, delayed payment terms
was anti-competitive and penalized Cellnet and one2one unfairly.
An investigation by the UK's National Audit Office concluded that the 3G license auction process was fair
and reasonable, that the prices paid were not excessive and that the UK government did not extract as
much revenue that it could have from the auction. The judgment and a link to the report are filed at
This UK view contrasts strongly with that of the French government, which in late October announced
that it would drop the cost of a 3G license from Sterling 3.1 bn to Sterling 3.6m and meanwhile increase
the license term from 10 to 15 years.
Another contentious issue is infrastructure sharing, which the European Commission has ruled an anti-
competitive measure. However, the German government has said it believes that infrastructure sharing,
could expedite 3G coverage plans; without it, progress could be substantially delayed. It is prepared to
talk to mobile operators over how they see this working. Meanwhile, Mm02 and KPN Mobile have
announced that they will cooperate on a 3G network in the Netherlands, a move welcomed by the Dutch
Most governing bodies accept the massive increase in base stations required for 3G, but recent health
concerns about radio emissions could complicate acceptance and result in a more relaxed infrastructure
For example, note the following countries’ incidents:
A family in Spain blamed a mobile mast, or antenna, for injuring their child’s health. In the ruling, the
judge said that the mast had not been proven to be responsible for the child's problems, but the mast
probably wasn't helping her; he ordered its removal.
In Cyprus, citizens rioted in protest against the erection of a British military base’s radio mast.
In Scotland, workers stormed a base construction site, causing substantial damage and assaulting a
security guard. Another issue there is that the Scottish Parliament requires that radio mast installations
be subject to planning permits. Mobile operators say that extra costs and delays will disadvantage
Scottish mobile users.
In London, a judge has ordered a radiation investigation at an antenna complex after alleged evidence of
In Scandinavia, mobile operators are sensitive to potential health concerns and are maximizing their
mountainous terrain to build masts that cover a wide area but are located away from local inhabitants.
Additionally, the UK National Grid subsidiary, GridCom, paired with Hutchinson 3G to use electricity pylons
for 3G infrastructures. This project could provide a 3G backbone through the UK and throughout Europe
if other electricity operators follow suit. The only drawback is that the GridCom deal echoes problems
elsewhere; the NTL has had a hard time finding buyers for its transmission tower business; market
analysts believe the price of Sterling 1.6bn is too much.
Another area of complicated growth is GPRS.
It’s a serious topic in Europe, with operators increasing the number of approved phones prior to the
holiday gift-giving season.
Although the technology is in place and phones are being certified, there are few applications. Operators
are delaying service rollouts until applications are in place, unwilling to repeat the lesson they had with
WAP, according to BBC reports. They’re wary of fanfare without content or applications to back it up.
The news for stockholders is still mixed, though there are positive signs. Most of Europe's mobile
operators are seeing their debt decline, though their holdings’ value is falling. Analyst Philip Townsend, of
Arnhold and S Bleichroeder, believes that operator debt is approaching the point where there may be
some residual value in the shares, thanks to customer base, license and infrastructure value.
Vodafone had a profit of Sterling 4.8bn reduced to a debt of Sterling 8.45bn due to write-downs at its
German subsidiary, Arcor; Vodafone shares were climbing days later. Rumors of layoffs may have fueled
the market spike, but Vodafone says the reports are false.
Mm02, a British Telecom wireless spin-off, shared the tech industry’s troubled months, but since starting
life as a separate company, its shares are up 20 percent.
With the economy and future in such a murky state, sponsorship and advertising options are murky.
Information on sponsorship deals are kept under tight wraps, but at least one big advertising deal –
Vodafone - garners attention for its size alone.
It spent $75m recently to be the third-ranked sponsor of the Formula 1 Ferrari team. This 3-year deal is
expected to cost Vodafone more than $225m when all related costs are tallied. Eddie Jordan, manager of
Jordan F1 Racing, said that for such a large sum of money, Vodafone could have bought almost any F1
racing team outright. Perhaps Vodafone subscribers will get Ferrari F1 news free to their mobile!
Here’s hoping that the next few months of mobile business are as entertaining.
o SignalSoft Awarded Location-Based Services Patent
Signalsoft Awarded Location-Based Services Patent
20:30 PM GMT on Nov 26, 2001
SignalSoft Corporation, the developer of the Wireless Location Services(R) software suite, today
announced it has been awarded a location-based services patent by the United States Patent and
The patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,321,092, outlines an interface for obtaining and managing location
information from various location technologies, including cell/sector, Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA)
and Global Positioning System (GPS), and then directing the data to a mobile location application.
The interface allows developers to build applications without having to worry about the underlying
capabilities of the network, thereby facilitating rapid development and implementation of location-based
services. Developers are able to create one application that can be deployed across virtually any type of
wireless network in use, including GSM, TDMA and CDMA, regardless of the location technology used.
The interface then provides information from a source selected for a particular request or from any
suitable source that is available in the network environment. Alternatively, the interface may combine the
information received from different location technologies and deliver it as a single source, providing a
more precise read of the location than would have been possible using only one technology.
"SignalSoft continues to research and develop technologies to provide our customers and partners with
superior quality products and services," said David Hose, co-founder and CEO of SignalSoft. "We expect
that most deployments of location services will support more than one location technology and this
patent provides a means to use these sources of location information."
27th of November 2001
Compaq's Microportable Projectors Join the iPAQ Family
17:30 PM GMT on Nov 27, 2001
Compaq Computer Asia Pacific today announced that its award-winning line of microportable projectors
will join the iPAQ product line and usher in a new generation of mobile presentation solutions.
By combining a new iPAQ MP2810 Microportable Projector with an iPAQ Pocket PC, road warriors will now
be able to travel with a high-performance presentation solution that weighs in at just 4.2 pounds.
Mobile professionals can display presentations on an iPAQ MP2810 or MP1410 Microportable Projector
using the iPAQ Pocket PC, PC Card Expansion Pack and either the Margi Systems Presenter-To-Go or
Colographic Voyager presentation solutions.
"This is a dream come true for business travelers or anyone demanding the most mobile, lightweight
computing and presentation technology available," said Paul Blinkhorn, Vice President, Access Business
Group, Compaq Computer Asia Pacific. "The combination of award-winning products like the iPAQ
Microportable Projector and iPAQ Pocket PC to deliver a leading edge presentation solution is another
example of how Compaq iPAQ products are driving innovation."
Designed for business travelers, such as marketing and sales executives, training specialists, professional
presenters and consultants, Compaq's new iPAQ microportable projectors are the ideal presentation tools
for use with iPAQ Pocket PCs or Compaq Evo or Presario notebook computers.
Roughly the size of a day planner, the iPAQ MP2810 weighs just 3 pounds and stands as one of the
world's smallest projectors at 118 cubic inches. Featuring the distinct tower design found on all Compaq
microportable projectors, the MP2810 goes beyond size to deliver stunning, multi-media presentations in
even the most space-constrained environments.
Utilizing the latest in Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing(TM) (DLP) and Pixelworks technologies,
the MP2810 autosynchs with any PC, features plug-and-present ease of use, offers an onscreen menu for
easy adjustments and displays 1024x768 XGA resolution at a brightness of 1100 lumens. A true
multimedia device, the Compaq MP2810 is compatible with VCR, DVD and HDTV equipment, features a
manual zoom lens, standard 8-watt Premier Sound Speaker system and multi-function remote control.
Priced at just S$7,999, the iPAQ MP2810 is one of the smallest, lightest, and brightest executive
projectors in the marketplace. More information on the iPAQ MP2810 is available at
28th of November, 2001
o Wireless Applications Begin to Make Noise
29th of November, 2001
o GPRS to Change Handset Strategy
o Nokia, Rivals Team Up to Develop 3G Service Apps
o CSR: 802.11b, Bluetooth Can Coexist
30th of November, 2001-12-04
o Recent IEEE Approval Could Make WLAN Equipment Purchases Unnecessary
Recent IEEE Approval Could Make WLAN Equipment Purchases Unnecessary
15:15 PM GMT on Nov 30, 2001
Wireless networking a high-speed wireless networking standard recently approved by the IEEE could let
companies deploy high-speed mobile networks without having to invest in new WLAN (wireless LAN)
The new standard, known as 802.11g, promises to deliver data-transfer rates as fast as 54Mbps the
same speed offered by the advanced 802.11a standard. But because 802.11g operates in the same
2.4GHz frequency range as the older 802.llb standard, which provides maximum speeds of only 11Mbps,
the two technologies are compatible. As a result, end-users with 802.llb cards could enter 802.118 zones
and still have wireless access, albeit at the slower 1Mbps speed.
In other words, customers who have invested in 802.llb technology could upgrade to 54Mbps speeds
without having to purchase the gear for 802.11a networks, such as network cards and access points.
Moreover, chip sets supporting 802.118 could be as much as 25 percent cheaper than 802.lla chip sets,
said Gemma Paolo, an analyst at Cahners In-Stat research group in Scottsdale, Ariz.
o Review: Nokia 9290 Communicator