1. The new imate HSDPA smartphones look great - this company is going to play a bigger part in the mobile industry going forward. I've used their i-mate smartphones in the past and they've been okay. But they've cranked things up a notch in terms of design - things are loonig good for them.
2. Telecom is going to have to move to the GSM/HSDPA/LTE path in the next couple of years and leave cdma behind. With Telstra turning off its cdma network in January, Telecom customers are going to be in an awkward roaming position when going to Australia and the economics of being in the cdma camp aren't going to get any better as the GSM mobile base grows. It's not looking good for cdma and frankly, from a consumer perspecctive, having one technology underpinning all the networks is better.
3. The LG Prada is a smart move by LG, as is the Shine, which is far better than the clunky Chocolate.
4. Mobile TV looks lke a fizzer already. Except for big one-off sports events, I just can't see people subscribing to it. Still, there's a big commuter culture in Europe, the US and Asia, so maybe there's hope for it taking off the way it has in Korea.
5. Everyone in the mobile world is afraid of the iPhone. Noone seems to know exactly how seriously to take the threat of Apple, but due to the exclusive nature of the operator deals Apple is seeing, there's a fair amount of cynicism from Cingular's competitors in the US who have remarke that the deal with Apple is less that visionary. As a T-Mobile executive pointed out - exclusivity limits your product's growth potential and breaks from the typical Apple formula for success.
6. 3GSM needs sort out ts shit wen it comes to wireless internet access. For one, they were CHARGING for it! Second, the wi-fi in the press room was hopelessly slow, as was the Vodafone 3G data access they laid on.
7. Nokia seems to be falling further anf further behind in terms of handset design. The Asians, in particular, LG and Samsung are producing better phones these days
8. The Chinese want a piece of the mobile action - Huawei and ZTE were at 3GSM and while they get faint praise from the likes of Ericsson chief Carl-Henric Svanberg, they're generally disliked by the traditional players. That's because they've quickly learnt to do what the Europeamns can but cheaper. They'll be a big force in mobile in the next few years.
9. India is the next big moble market and more people will be accessing the internet from mobles than regular computers by 2010.
10. The Blackberry still deserves its "Crackberry" nickname. Just about every suit at 3GSM had one and was reaching for it constantly
Between technical talks on the future of the mobile industry and glitzy launches of new mobile phones at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last week, was the odd session on mobile’s prospects in the developing world.
Telecoms operators talk with eagerness about the “next billion subscribers” that are expected to join the mobile world by 2010. The mobile industry needs these new entrants to keep up the high pace of growth the industry has experienced in recent years.
But much of the overall growth will come from the developing nations in Africa and Asia and in India.
But in tapping Indian mobile subscribers he and other mobile operators face one major obstacle. Three-quarters of India’s population lives in rural areas, off the power grid and definitely off the mobile network.
by Peter Griffin
Telstra has deployed new long range cell network technology to extend broadband further into the outback as it beds in its high-speed NextG data network and prepares to pull the plug on CDMA.
“Every skilled electrician you can find in Australia was working for Ericsson at some time last year,” said Svanberg.
Ericsson’s vice president of systems architecture, Hakan Djuphammar, said MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) technology had allowed Ericsson to achieve similar transfer speeds using existing HSPA technology, but that was confined to carriers using 5MHz blocks of channel bandwidth.
Ericsson had switched Brazilian operator Vivo from CDMA to GSM changing out 2300 base stations in 103 days.
LTE is likely to become commercially available towards the end of 2009 following further testing.