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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

Consumers are unhappy with buying a cellular phone from carriers, giving higher ratings to retailers, a research firm said Friday.

Only 24 percent of the more than 2,100 consumers surveyed by The NPD Group said buying a mobile phone from a carrier-owned story was an "excellent or good experience." Mass merchants, such as Wal-Mart, and electronic retailers, on the other hand, scored higher levels of satisfaction.

Nextel, which recently merged with Sprint, and Cingular ranked the highest among phone

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-20       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Thirty percent of China's handset makers will be gone by the end of 2006 due to the segmentation and centralization of China's handset market, according to a report by Analysys International.

In its Quarterly Tracker on Handset Market 2005-Q3, the firm said increasingly fierce competition in China's handset market had reduced the competitive advantages of domestic handset makers and resulted in decreased market share.

The data shows that the total market size had increased steadily by 3.25 percent

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-20       Article Source : AP

The number of people worldwide using mobile phones will likely reach 3 billion by 2010, a Nokia Corp. executive said Thursday.
Currently, the Helsinki-based cell phone maker, the world's largest in terms of market share, said about 2 billion people have the phones.

Wali Moneimne, Nokia's senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, didn't say how the rise would affect the company's results, but he said that currently the company "owns one-third of the global mobile phone market."

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-20       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

BellSouth said Thursday it is expanding the WiMAX wireless broadband service it has been offering in Athens, Georgia.

The company said that it has installed a third radio tower in Athens, which will expand the availability of the service. Besides Athens, BellSouth has also launched WiMAX service in Palatka, Florida and New Orleans.

"Athens shares a milestone with BellSouth as the home of our first commercial launch of wireless broadband service," Ron Frieson, president of BellSouth's Georgia operations, said in

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Cellular technology vendor Qualcomm said Wednesday that it has achieved data rates of 3.6 Mbps using its chipsets over HSDPA cellular data systems.

HSDPA is the next generation of 3G for GSM-based cellular operators. So far, typical speeds have been in the 1 Mbps range, compared to about a third that speed for previous-generation UMTS systems. However, the theoretical speed limits for HSDPA is much higher than even the 3.6 Mbps Qualcomm reported.

The company said in a statement that

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-19   

A research note put out by Lehman Brothers today suggests that a mobile WiMax standard may be "set in early 2006" yielding trials in the second half of 2006 and on into 2007.

The analysts forecast the timelime for mobile WiMax after a customer meeting with equipment maker Alvarion Ltd.

"With respect to upcoming technology timelines, Alvarion estimates the 802.16e standard [the core of Mobile WiMax] will be certified in the first quarter of 2006 with demo products available in 2006," write

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Alvarion said Wednesday its BreezeACCESS VL mobile network equipment is slated to be deployed in several major cities in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido following the successful deployment of Alvarion gear in the town of Koshimizu.

The WiMAX wide area wireless gear will be installed in the 4.9GHz spectrum band, Alvarion said

An earlier deployment in the 2.4GHz band was unsuccessful so the company moved to the higher band. Alvarion said it is working with local Japanese businesses to

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-18       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Enterprise spending on wireless LAN equipment surged nine percent in the third quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, according to a study just released by Dell'Oro Group, a market research firm.

Total WLAN spending by enterprises was nearly $250 million for the quarter, the study noted. In particular, spending on LAN switches and appliances were particularly strong with a 22 percent increase in the quarter.

However, sale of WLAN equipment for homes and small offices (SOHO) saw

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-18       Article Source : CRN

Cisco this week took the wraps off new networking hardware designed to integrate wireless functionality into its routers and switches and improve the security and scalability of indoor and outdoor wireless networks.

Cisco's Unified Wireless Network Architecture consists of a Wireless Service Module (WiSM) for the Catalyst 6500 series of switches, and the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module for Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR) family, said Alex Thurber, director of wireless and security for worldwide channels at Cisco Systems. As CRN reported

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-17       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Korea's KT Tuesday launched wireless broadband service using technology that is closely related to WiMAX.

The company said that it has launched service using WiBro technology, which is very similar to WiMAX and is mobile. Mobile WiMAX isn't expected in pre-standard form until the middle of next year. Representatives of the WiMAX Forum trade group were on hand for the launch.

"KT represents a company that has pushed ahead and launched the world's first mobile broadband network that is based

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

Two more cities have approved the deployment of municipal Wi-Fi networks, as the public network rollout of the wireless technology appears to be gathering momentum.

Wi-Fi networks in Tucson, Ariz. and Temecula, Calif., will be designed and deployed by Wireless Facilities Inc. (WFI), the firm announced on Tuesday.

The Tucson deployment has heavy public safety overtones and contains a feature called Emergency Room Link, which will provide video and patient telemetry services that will beam patient data from moving ambulances

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-17       Article Source : EE Times

Wireless start-up Stoke Inc. has come out of stealth mode with its plans for an IP service delivery platform for converged fixed and mobile networks. The Mountain View, California based company also announced it has secured $20 million in Series B funding in an oversubscribed round, bringing the total funding for the company to $30 million.

Investors in the Series B round include some of the biggest names in venture capital financing, including existing backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-16       Article Source : NewsFactor

WiMax wireless broadband technology is gaining momentum worldwide with the announcement by Intel that carriers across the globe are deploying, or will soon be rolling out, fixed WiMax networks using the company's technology.
The operators are introducing commercial deployments in cities as well as suburban and rural communities, allowing broadband wireless networks to reach previously underserved locations.

WiMax, or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, creates hotspots that stretch dozens of miles, reaching much farther than typical Wi-Fi networks, and

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

More than 150 pilot and commercial deployments of WiMAX networks are currently in use and the first group of certified fixed network products is expected to become available by the end of the year, the president of the WiMAX Forum reported late Thursday.

"WiMAX products are shipping and we expect to see strong momentum of rapid deployments around the globe," said Ron Resnick, who is also an Intel executive, in a statement. "The growing list of 350-plus WiMAX Forum members--comprised of operators,

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-12       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

More than nine percent of U.S. wireless subscribers currently use their mobile phone as their only phone and that number will increase to as many as 37 percent by 2009, according to a study released Friday by Research and Markets.

In addition, the study found that about half of wireless subscribers are willing to consider replacing their wireline phones with their mobile devices. The number of users who feel a wireline phone is necessary has also decreased since a 2003 survey, the

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