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Issue #2003 - 15 (May 2003)
(Updated May 8, 2003)


3G News This Week

1) 3G Network Sharing in UK
T-Mobile and O2 have agreed to share their 3G network infrastructure such as 3G masts, power provision and base stations. This has been ratified by the EU Commission today. The ratification of the agreement by the European Commission opens the floodgates for other similar network sharing arrangements in Europe.


2) 10 Million Camera Phones in 11 Months
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that it has sold more than 10 million camera phones since launching the first model, the SH251i, on June 1, 2002. The phones transmit photos via the i-shot™ photo messaging service available on DoCoMo's PDC network.


3. NTT DoCoMo Provides £200 Million 3G Funding to Hutchison 3G UK
Japan : NTT DoCoMo announced that after careful consideration of the necessity of a funding request from Hutchison 3G UK Holdings Limited ("H3G UK"), in which it holds a 20% equity interest, the loan conditions proposed by H3G UK and the provisions of the H3G UK Shareholders Agreement between DoCoMo and Hutchison Whampoa Limited ("HWL"), DoCoMo will meet H3G UK's request for a shareholder loan advancement of £200 million.

Also, as part of DoCoMo's 3G global strategy, DoCoMo today signed an agreement for the purpose of mutual cooperation in the provision of 3G services with Hutchison Whampoa Limited ("HWL"), the parent company of both H3G UK and Hutchison 3G HK Holdings Limited ("H3G HK"), in which DoCoMo has a 24.1% interest, in order to develop and promote 3G services based on W-CDMA technology by DoCoMo, H3G UK and H3G HK.

4. 3G Launches to Peak in 2004, Ubiquity Waits to 2007
To their disappointment, some operators now find it nearly impossible to recover their investments and most have delayed their plans to deploy 3G, according to a new study by research firm Allied Business Intelligence (ABI).


Source - Several but primarily 3g.co.uk site 

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: 3G continues to make spotty progress with sporadic coverage and ubiquitous coverage on hold. Japan and Korea are only bright spots. 

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