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#TBT: Dabbling in 3G pricing; slow going in 3G handsets, networks; Virgin Mobile prepares for US launch … this week in 2002

Editor’s Notice: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Hearth up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the reminiscences!

MmO2 posts first UK 3G pricing
OXFORD, United Kingdom-In what would look like an business first, U.Okay.-based cell-phone operator MmO2 has revealed tariffs for its third-generation (3G) service operating in the Isle of Man. The corporate has been conducting pilot trials of 3G providers on the island for some months and now apparently feels confident to announce 4 pricing bands aimed toward corporate, SME, shopper and cellular Internet users. Nevertheless, whereas analysts have reacted positively to the announcement, the subscription fees look heavyweight to others. The month-to-month charge starts at 68 euro (US$65.5) for residential customers, together with an additional 39 euro (US$37.6) for up to 20 Megabytes and 1.5 euro (US$1.44) for each further Megabit. Prices improve to about 134 euro (US$129) per 30 days for corporate customers and between 93 (US$89) and 109 euro (US$105) for SMEs. These fees do not embrace voice calls, which would sometimes add around 53 euro (US$51) a month for U.Okay. subscriptions. Mark Briers, director of 3G for MmO2, stated that the objective of this business trial is to seek out out what clients want and the way much they are prepared to pay for the varied providers. “We have an initial pricing structure, but will be testing a number of pricing strategies during the trial in order to look at price elasticities,” he stated. … Read extra

China Unicom tempts clients to CDMA
BEIJING-Mobile-phone operator China Unicom has launched promotional gives in no less than 10 Chinese cities to attract subscribers to its fledgling CDMA network. Unicom initially positioned its CDMA providers as a high-end various for rival China Mobile’s and the corporate’s personal GSM providers, however shoppers have been slow to modify resulting from a scarcity of incentives and CDMA-compatible handsets. Unicom is now offering a number of incentives. Subscribers can select free minutes value between 150 yuan (US$18) and 500 yuan (US$60.5) or choose for a bucket plan of 170 minutes of local calls at a reduction of at the least 45 %. Clients trading in their GSM handsets are provided a 1,000 yuan (US$121) rebate. China Unicom is now additionally making an attempt to attract middle and low-end customers. The corporate claims to have signed barely greater than 1 million subscribers on its CDMA community, which has a capacity of 15.5 million customers. The corporate’s target of 7 million users at year-end continues to be far off. … Read more

Hutchison 3G preps for UK 3G launch amid rumors of attainable delay
OXFORD, United Kingdom and DUBLIN, Ireland-Trying to grow to be the first firm to launch third-generation (3G) providers in the UK, Hutchison 3G has denied press studies that it’s quietly slipping the launch date because of fears of handset shortages and technical problems. The speculation arose following a comment made by Colin Tucker, managing director of Hutchison 3G, that the corporate would launch when ready. “It would cause chaos in the market if we went too early. Not only would it be detrimental to us, but imagine what it would do to the financial markets,” Tucker is reported to have stated. A company spokesman has since said that Hutchison 3G is sticking to its unique plans to launch providers by the fourth quarter and could have dual-mode cell telephones prepared in time for the launch. Hutchison, which has 3G infrastructure offers with NEC and Nokia, stated its community could have protection in all the United Kingdom’s major cities and cities, overlaying roughly half the inhabitants. … Read more

Dearth of 3G handsets delays Finland’s 3G funding
HELSINKI, Finland-The shortage of UMTS terminals in Finland’s retail market is critically hindering the construction of third-generation (3G) cellular networks. 3G license holders are warning that delays might be anticipated in the rollout of 3G networks. “While the situation in Finland has not reached a complete standstill, there is no great enthusiasm on the part of 3G license holders to build expansive networks before commercial operations commence,” stated Mika Matturi, vice chairman of Sonera’s Mobile Operations division. Sonera is the only Finnish cellular operator to have set a date for the launch of economic providers on its 3G network. It will happen on 26 September, the identical day Nokia is scheduled to launch its new and long-awaited 3G handsets. Sony Ericsson is predicted to launch its new UMTS handsets in October or November. Nokia expects that it is going to be capable of provide its new UMTS terminals to the broader market in the course of the first half of 2003. It’s unclear how significantly the shortage of UMTS terminals will influence the 3G rollout delays in Finland. Sonera believes the delay might be as brief as three months, whereas different telecom corporations, together with Radiolinja, are forecasting a four- to six-month postponement. … Learn more

3G faces slow going in Singapore
JAKARTA, Indonesia-The slow improvement of third-generation (3G) providers around the globe has influenced cellular operators in Singapore to re-think the urgency of launching 3G providers in the town state. In contrast to the current choice of SingTel Mobile, which delayed the 3G gear tender award as a consequence of a scarcity of purposes, MobileOne (M1), which was awarded a Singapore 3G license in April 2001, has simply made the nation’s first stay 3G packet knowledge name utilizing business 3G infrastructure. It marked a big part of the rollout program for the W-CDMA community that M1 began a few yr in the past. M1’s W-CDMA community is predicted to be absolutely accomplished and prepared for providers in the second half of next yr. Elements reminiscent of the supply of 3G handsets will influence the exact launch date. Based on the nation’s regulator, Infocomm Improvement Authority (IDA), the deadline for 3G rollout continues to be set for 31 December, 2004, though some business players have instructed the agency delay or remove the deadline considering the worldwide delay in implementing 3G networks. … Learn more

GSA begins program to help develop 3G
LONDON-The International Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) announced the establishment of Xpdia, a program designed to encourage business and authorities to continue to develop third-generation cellular multimedia providers. “We are actively supporting start-up wireless content and application developers globally through our New Ventures Program (NVP) because we recognize that such enterprises are the future lifeblood of the mobile industry,” stated Alan Hadden, president of the GSA. “We predict that Xpdia will establish many new companies who will later join the NVP program to support them to deliver compelling market solutions.”

Virgin Mobile readies its US MVNO for launch
WARREN, N.J.-Virgin Mobile USA L.L.C. unveiled its long-awaited plans to launch its cellular digital network operator service this summer time. The company, which is a three way partnership between U.Okay.-based Virgin Group and U.S. wireless operator Sprint PCS, stated it should supply pay as you go service targeted to the youth market with what it dubbed a new strategy to cellular service. The service does not require a credit score verify or a contract, and clients shall be charged 25 cents per minute for the first 10 minutes of speak time each day and 10 cents per minute after that. With its give attention to the youth market, Virgin was fast to point out every day would start at 5 a.m., noting younger individuals tend to remain up late making telephone calls. The pricing structure will embrace voice mail, caller identification, call waiting, lengthy distance on Dash PCS’ wireless network, surcharges and taxes. Virgin USA stated its clients would have quite a lot of methods to top-up their calling minutes, including by way of the corporate’s Website online and by shopping for top-up playing cards by way of 11,000 shops. … Read more

Lack of cellular recreation advertising by carriers seen a business barrier
DUBLIN, Eire—Mobile operators have to market cellular entertainment purposes extra aggressively if many more games purposes builders are not to go out of enterprise. This is the view of worldwide telecommunications consultancy BWCS, which claims developers can be pressured beneath until operators are more proactive. “A number of major developers we have spoken with have complained of a lack of promotion of mobile gaming services by network and portal operators,” warned BWCS advisor Arthur Drewitt. “If service providers fail to wake up to the potential of wireless gaming, some of these new services could go virtually unnoticed by subscribers. Smaller applications developers would no doubt be forced out of business if their products fail to catch on with the public.” “While there is no doubt that a vast opportunity exists for mobile entertainment services, a number of other barriers still remain,” he added. “For example, problems with billing and payment systems, slow network speeds, security issues and the limitations of existing handsets must all be overcome in order for the market to be able to move forward.” … Read extra

DoCoMo dabbles in Wi-Fi
TOKYO-NTT DoCoMo, the leading cellular service in Japan, on Thursday introduced that it’ll launch wi-fi local space network (WLAN) service on 1 July. The new service, referred to as “Mzone,” can be offered in nine places in the Tokyo metropolitan area, together with main resorts and exhibition facilities. The info transmission velocity is 11 Megabits per second (Mbps), and the monthly cost is 2,000 yen (US$16.21). The service is predicated on the IEEE 802.11b normal from the U.S.-based Institute of Electrical and Digital Engineers (IEEE). … Learn more

IBM, HP broaden cellular knowledge offerings
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Know-how giants IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. each continued to strengthen their wi-fi knowledge choices by means of new resale and licensing agreements, a technique the 2 corporations have been using an ideal deal just lately. HP licensed Pixo Inc.’s Mobile Obtain Server for wireless Java downloading. HP stated it is going to use the Pixo MDS to offer new wi-fi options and providers to cellular operators in Asia Pacific. Separately, HP will resell ViaFone’s OneBridge product, which provides cellular staff wireless access to company info. The two corporations introduced pharmaceutical firm Schering-Plough Israel as their first customer. … Learn extra

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