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News
Issue #2003 - 10 (March 2003)
(Updated Mar. 26, 2003)

INFRASTRUCTURE, PRODUCTS & SERVICES

3G News This Week

1. Nokia demonstrates its Global WCDMA (G-WCDMA) solution at CTIA Wireless 2003. 
Nokia G-WCDMA is a WCDMA solution that increases the footprint of WCDMA technology to truly global proportions. It enhances the benefits of WCDMA technology's inherent economies of scale by introducing High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology. 

HSDPA is a standardized feature in 3GPP Release 5 that will further increase WCDMA system capacity and user data rates cost efficiently. It offers breakthrough data speeds -- up to five times (10 Mbps) higher than is possible in the most advanced 3G networks today.

2) Partnership for 2.5G GPRS Wireless Software

PCTEL will provide Boingo with software modules for Windows and PocketPC platforms that will allow users of Boingo's leading Wi-Fi access software to connect to so-called "2.5G" data networks, in particular GPRS, 1XRTT (CDMA) and iDEN systems. For more, http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/March2003/5095.htm

3) Personal Video Broadcast Applications Using 3GPP Solutions 

Responding to the needs of mobile consumers and enterprise customers for value-added mobilemedia services, EarthCam and PacketVideo today announced the availability of live camera video services for today's hottest video-enabled telephones. For more, http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/March2003/5094.htm

4. 3G WCDMA In US 2004

AT& T Wireless and NTT DoCoMo will bring 3G and i-Mode services to the US in 2004. This was confirmed by NTT CEO Keiji Tachikawa this week. It was felt that the i-Mode services may be available to AT& T mobile users in advance of the 3G services becoming available. For more, 
http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/March2003/5103.htm

For more information: http://www.3G.Co.uk

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: It is heartening to watch that 3G is continuing to make limited progress. 3G networks are no where close to breaking even financially or widespread deployment with respect to wireless data applications. While too much has been made out of 3G versus Wi-Fi debate, we feel that each technology has its own place. For cellular voice communication, 2.5G and 3G networks are going to provide the primary infrastructure for the next several years. It is only in the case of wireless data that Wi-Fi is more important. The role gets reversed here with Wi-Fi providing the primary infrastructure and 3G providing the connectivity across wide area. As far as untethered voice is concerned, Wi-Fi has a long way to go. Let us understand relative role of each of the two technologies that must work together.  

 Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and section 21E of Securities Exchange act of 1934 in USA. Similar provisions exist in other countries. There is no assurance that the stipulated plans of vendors will be implemented. MobileInfo does not warrant the authenticity of the information. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.  All trademarks used in this summary are the property of their respective owners.


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