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October 3, 2008  3:17 PM

Nokia indicates shift to service market



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Integrated devices, Mobile, Nokia, Wireless broadband, Wireless handsets

Nokia’s launch of its touch-screen high-end smartphone was also a bully pulpit for the company to make it clear that their activities with Symbian and smartphones are not the main event, but a shift into the services market.

Nokia noted that Blackberries were not successful because of...

October 2, 2008  2:15 PM

Nokia strategy reflects capex shift



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Mobile, mobile backhaul, mobile data, Nokia, Wireless broadband, Wireless handsets

Nokia is launching “Tube,” its newest smartphone today, and is expected to articulate its mobile strategy in greater detail. The company, like others, is addressing what appears to be a capex shift to wireless for 2009, a shift that would increase sales of RF and handsets and reduce that of...


October 1, 2008  2:33 PM

AT&T reorg favors market-target structure



Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, capital expense, Wireless broadband

AT&T is reorganizing to eliminate its original service-based management structure in favor of market-target structuring. The move will put the former wireless head, de la Vega, as head of consumer services, and could thus also be interpreted as a shift toward a wireless-centric policy. We...


July 23, 2008  5:51 PM

ITU approves 4G technical requirements



Posted by: Tom Nolle
mobile data, WiMAX, Wireless broadband

The ITU has approved its technical requirements document for 4G services and will be ready to consider technology applications this fall. This will certainly kick up the noise level in the WiMAX versus LTE battle, but the truth is that the issue may be less relevant because of the continued failure...


June 25, 2008  6:28 PM

Fixed mobile convergence makes global progress



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Fixed-mobile convergence, Integrated devices, Wireless broadband

T-Mobile is launching its broadband voice @Home service throughout the US, which prepares them for an agressive FMC position. French telecom carriers are also expected to push harder on FMC and wireline broadband expansion as the consolidation in the market finally draws to a close, but that we...


June 5, 2008  5:59 PM

Telecom consolidation continues in U.S. and Europe



Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, Mobile, Verizon, Wireless broadband

Verizon is in advanced talks with Alltel, aimed at acquiring the mobile player. The move would make Verizon the largest mobile operator in the U.S. and a more effective competitor to AT&T. It also signals yet again the shift in the mobile market.  Consolidation is not a move that is undertaken...


March 12, 2008  5:02 PM

New mobile data pricing targets travelers



Posted by: Tom Nolle
mobile data, Verizon, Wireless broadband

The mainstream tech publications are picking up the theme of “mobile voice is a commodity” and citing the new data plans such as Verizon’s plan for 5GB per month for $60 as proof. We think the conclusion on voice is correct (we’ve stated it ourselves, so that’s no surprise) but we...


February 21, 2008  3:18 PM

T-Mobile takes VoIP/wireless integration step



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Fixed-mobile convergence, Wireless broadband, Wireless handsets

T-Mobile has announced it will be offering a limited trial of an unlimited VoIP calling service to broadband customers of any sort for $10 per month plus the cost of the equipment ($50). The new service may be a step toward integration of home voice services and wireless voice using dual-mode...


February 15, 2008  2:20 PM

Google’s withdrawal from spectrum auction: What it means



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Mobile, spectrum, Wireless broadband

Google’s wireless position is half-correctly characterized by Business Week.  Yes, it withdrew from the auction for the C block open spectrum (by all the rumors—it’s not official yet, but NO, it didn’t achieve its strategic objectives either. Google underlined a major...


January 3, 2008  8:53 PM

CES show to prompt wireless hub upgrades?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Integrated devices, Wi-Fi, Wireless broadband

The CES show next week will likely introduce many to the new and almost-emerged 802.11n standard for wireless LANs. Capable of supporting data and video concurrently, this is the wireless standard that many hope will cause consumers to upgrade their wireless hubs. To date, wireless hubs are one of...


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