3G

How Much 3G Data Is Your Smartphone Using?

I was shocked by my smartphone bill when I saw how little 3G data I used in the last billing cycle. Clearly Wi-Fi is the reason, but I’m experimenting by going 3G only on my smartphone. How much 3G are you using?

PC Makers Launching TD-SCDMA Products

PC makers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo are launching netbooks for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G service, reports NYT. This was almost inevitable…

3G To Be Launched In Delhi In 10 Days

State-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has said that it plans to launch 3G telecom services in national capital New Delhi in next 10…

Report: Data Revenues To Double By 2013

Data revenues are expected to double from $148 billion in 2007 to $347 billion in 2013 when they will represent about a third of mobile carr…

China Issues Long-Awaited 3G Licenses

After years of delay, China issued its third-generation mobile-phone licenses to its three main state-controlled carriers today, in a move t…

China To Issue 3G Licenses, Or Not

Is China gearing up to finally issue its long-awaited 3G licenses? Chinese Industry and Information Technology vice minister Xi Guohua said…

Why The Apple iPhone Has Stumbled In India

The original iPhone generated a lot of interest in India, selling well on the grey market, so it went to reason that when the 3G version lau…

Will TD-SCDMA “Hobble” China Mobile?

When China announced it was overhauling its telecoms industry last Saturday, it also said it would finally be issuing 3G licenses once the p…

Commercial HSDPA Networks Increase 69 Percent

The number of commercial HSDPA networks increased by 69 percent in 2007: “There are now 166 commercial HSDPA networks in 75 countries and a…

Japan's Never-Was Carrier IP Mobile Folds

IP Mobile, which was going to be the next mobile carrier in Japan, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company failed to attract the ca…

What Will Drive 3G In China?

Yang Hua, secretary-general of the TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance, has put forward some arguments that 3G will go better in China than in the we…

No Timetable For 3G Licenses In China

China’s Ministry of Information Industry Vice Minister Lou Qinjian has said that the country has no timetable for issuing 3G licenses, which…

NextWave Backs Out Of Japan’s Carrier Market

US company NextWave Wireless has decided against investing in the Japanese mobile carrier business, opting to sell back its stake in Japanes…

Google Phone Maybe Waiting For 3G

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is reportedly considering launching its mobile phone with 3G capability, a move which would push the launch to the first…

ITC To Investigate Nokia 3G Phones

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) will start an investigation into some of Nokia’s 3G phones due to a complaint by InterDigital la…

China's Olympic 3G Efforts Unlikely To Impress

Despite everything, it appears China may actually have working 3G networks by the Beijing Olympics, although it’s only likely to be in those…

China Delays 3G Licenses Until After Olympics

In a fairly embarrassing turn of affairs China has said it will delay issuing 3G licenses until after the countries telcos finish restructur…

Ofcom To Delay UK 3G Spectrum Auction

UK regulator Ofcom has announced it will delay the auction of new spectrum until 2008, following complaints from operators over the process.…

3G Operators Seeking Killer Apps

3G operators are still looking for the “new features customers cannot live without that will finally make 3G pay”, according to Reuters. It’…

China Approves Use Of All 3G Standards

The Chinese government has announced that W-CDMA and cdma2000 will compete with homegrown standard TD-SCDMA when the licenses are finally is…

Orange Launches 3G TV Service In Holland

Orange Netherlands has launched a 3G mobile TV service in Holland that will show public broadcasting channels (RTL News), SBS and Tien (Voet…

Hong Kong Plans 3G Auction In Q4

Hong Kong plans to auction off spectrum to be used to constrcut a CDMA2000 3G network in the fourth quarter of this year. The reasoning is t…

Consumers Disinterested In Mobile Broadband

Parks Associates has released some results of a survey into the premium consumers are willing to pay for mobile broadband — and it’s not pr…

Rogers Wireless Launches Video Calling

Rogers Wireless, the biggest mobile operator in Canada with 6.8 million customers, has announced it is the first to offer video calling in N…

3G Doubles Mobile Content Usage — M:Metrics

M:Metrics has released a report showing that 3G subscribers are twice more likely to consume mobile content such as games, news and informat…

China Mobile To Launch 3G Services This Year

China Mobile has announced it will roll out a TD-SCDMA service in eight Chinese cities before October this year, according to AFP. The telco…

4G Network Launched In Shanghai

China has announced a trial run of a home-grown 4G network in Shanghai, the China Daily has reported (AFP quotes them here in the SMH). “The…

Chinese 3G Could Be Delayed Until 2008

There’s a report on the introduction of 3G into China by SeekingAlpha which indicates that the Chinese government may not issue 3G licenses…

Reaching The End Of Wireless Upgrades

Professor William Webb, chief technologist of regulator Ofcom and futurologist, has spoken about his predictions for the next two decades……

UK’s Ofcom Plans Radio Spectrum Sale

UK media and telecom regulator regulator Ofcom has announced a spectrum auction, with forseeable digital media use-case scenarios, ranging f…

Chinese Government Won’t Force 3G Standard

Jiang Yaoping, vice minister of Information Industry Ministry in China, has apparently told a conference the government will let telecom ope…

China Mobile Wants W-CDMA, Doubts 3G Olympics

China Mobile — the largest mobile operator in China, and the largest in the world by subscriber base — has indicated it would prefer to la…

Mobile Music To Drive 3G

The Business Standard has a short piece indicating that the number of 3G users in the Asia Pacific region, at 15.6 million in 2005 or 2.3% o…

China’s 3G Tech Ready — Manufacturer

Forbes is reporting on an article in a Chinese newspaper stating that the Chinese 3G technology, TD-SCDMA, is ready for deployment. This is…

China May License 3G By February

The appropriate word here is may…RCRNews reports that the Chinese government may issue 3G licences by next February, once the current Beij…

UK’s Ofcom May Allow 3G Over 2G

ZDNet UK is reporting that in the wake of a Nokia demo showing 3G connectivity over the 900 MHz spectrum (normally reserved for 2G functiona…

GSM vs CDMA, The 3G Effect

The International Herald Tribune has an article on the GSM vs CDMA battle, although at the end it concludes that they’re basically equivalen…

T-Mobiles Planned 3G Network Needs New Handsets

T-Mobile has bragged that it will be able to roll out a cheaper 3G because it only has to content with two bands rather than three, but this…

T-Mobile to Announce Cheaper 3G Service

It’s no surprise that T-Mobile plans to use its recent spectrum wins to build out a 3G network to compete with the big players in the US. Al…

Handset Sales To Slow — Innovation Expected

As the markets become saturated the sale of handsets is expected to slow from now on, according to Informa Telecoms & Media. While emerging…

3G Content At Tipping Point?

This article is claiming that “the decision by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation last week to snap up ringtone firm Jamba sends a clear sign…

Firm Seeks

I’m not sure we need another one of these, but Florida company xG intends to list on the Alternative Investment Market by the end of the yea…

Australia’s Mobile TV Fight

Major Australian players are gearing up to compete in the mobile TV market, which is being reported more as a media play than a mobile techn…

3G In Asia-Pacific Is Building Momentum — Ovum

3G is taking off across the Asia-Pacific region, more or less…it’s a pretty varied region. “Many of those that have upgraded have done so…

China Aims For Mobile TV, Not 3G

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has announced plans for mobile TV to be up and running in the country by…

Ofcom Hints At UK 4G Auction Strategy

UK spectrum regulator Ofcom has said that it will be releasing spectrum for 4G networks (whatever they will be) “using the market mechanism”…

3G Takes Off In Australia & Asia

Ovum has predicted 2.3 million 3G subscribers in Australia by the end of 2006, which would account for around 10% of the user base. At the e…

In Asia, Local Info Trumps Mobile TV

So mentions this story in IHT, in passing: The tepid response in Asia proves that 3G’s disappointing debut worldwide had less to do with sky…

Tech Heavyweights Team Up On 3G

NEC, Matsushita Electric Industrial and Texas Instruments have announced a joint venture, dubbed Adcore-Tech, that aims to create a competit…

Telstra Apathy Blamed For Slowing 3G Progress

“What’s slowing 3G content provision isn’t that Telstra owns the copper cabling, it’s that the biggest telco is also a major holder of conte…

Mobile Data “Uncomfortable”

BSkyB has announced a heavy investment in offering broadband to its customers, but at the press presentation someone seems to have asked whe…

3.5G To Be Hampered By Lack Of Handsets

Informa Telecoms & Media has issued a report saying that: “A lack of compelling devices and content led to delayed launches and slow take-up…

3G Gaming Preferences In The UK

Telephia has released some statistics on the preferences of mobile gamers on 3G in the UK. From the release:
“Telephia’s Q2 2006 U.K. 3G Sub…

All-You-Can-Eat 3G May Not Last

Carriers are warning of a time when unlimited data plans will be curtailed — or at the very least the terms of service which prohibit certa…

Dedicated 3G Access At Home

There’s an interesting idea floating about for putting a “UMTS base-station module into a home gateway connected via ADSL” to provide dedica…

The Handset-Operator War

I find this strange…Australian incumbent Telstra has signed up US company Brightstar to “source and warehouse its mobiles”, effectively ad…

Another Delay For 3G In China?

Telecoms Korea has reported (behind a subscription wall that due to the inadequacies of the Chinese 3G standard TD-SCDMA licenses for 3G mob…

Mobile Gaming Panels At E3

QuiclyBored covered some mobile game panels at E3, “3G and Mobile’s Killer App” and “Improving the Mobile Marketplace”. A good place to get…

Will New Handsets Screw 3G?

Independent online has taken the recent launch of Nokia’s high-end handsets and posed the question of whether the new handsets are inhibitin…

Macau, Georgia On 3G Fast Track

There is some action on the 3G front globally. Macau government plans to license three 3G licenses this coming October. Tou Veng Keong, coor…

How About 3G Content For Congo?

AllAfrica.com: I read this article with great interest. This is about the civil war-ridden Congo’s plans to issue 3G licences. The country’s…

UAE’s Etisalat Says It’s Ready For 3.5G

AME Info: When you talk of advanced telecom services, the names that come up are that of either Korea, Japan, China, India or the US. Not th…

China To Adopt 3G As Fast As 2G: Research

The number of 3G mobile subscribers is likely to grow faster in China and is expected to touch 84.2 million in three years after its launch,…

3’s Million Music Downloads

UK operator 3UK has claimed it sold a million full-track music downloads in the four months it launched its music service…That’s roughly t…

3G Mobiles ‘Change Social Habits’

A study by the Future Laboratory has shown what could happen with widespread adoption of 3G technology. There’s a fair bit of user-generated…

Telstra DVD Rentals Via 3G

Before you get too excited, this isn’t renting DVDs to watch on mobile phones but using mobile phones to rent DVDs to watch at home. Telstra…

Potholes And Signposts On The Way To 4G

Just to keep up with what’s going on in the hardware side of mobile phones, this is a good article about the efforts underway to plan the mi…

Russia Set To Issue 3G Licenses This Year

Russia will probably issue 3G licences this year thanks to a nearly saturated mobile market. “The report quoted Telecommunications Minister…

Commonwealth Games To Go Live On Mobile Phones

This has more details of Australian incumbent Telstra’s mobile coverage of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, picked up as part of an over…

Maybe HSDPA Will Work

According to this Reuters article many operators are banking on a planned upgrade to HSDPA this year to boost usage of their 3G services, wi…

China To Qualcomm: Er, You And Whose Army?

The Register has an interesting story up about the current showdown between China and Qualcomm over patents that may include part of the TD-…

Hutchison’s 3 To Offer Skype-Enabled Handsets

So Hutchison is going to offer Skype on its mobile handsets…this is a great idea for Hutch because its a challenger in every market it’s i…

Mobile TV At 3GSM

The rationale for mobile TV is beginning to change…in this article in Reuters: “Consumers will need a new phone to receive mobile TV, and…

Deloitte Predictions For 2006

Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry group is not predicting a rosy 2006 for the telecoms sector. It predicts that 3G…

Nine, Telstra Stitch Up Games 3G Deal

Australian incumbent Telstra has pretty much sewn-up coverage for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Melbourne. Its partners…

China Mobile Not Keen On TD-SCDMA

Unsurprisingly not all Chinese telcos are gung-ho keen on the homegrown 3G standard, TD-SCDMA.
“China Mobile — the world’s largest mobile…

China Approves TD-SCDMA Standard

China has finally approved the TD-SCDMA standard, which hopefully indicates that the allocation of 3G licenses will happen very shortly.
“De…

Bollywood Eyes International For Mobile Content

India is booming — don’t take my word for it, take Rafat’s. However, it’s still a relatively small market, especially for 3G mobile content…

China: TD-SCDMA Ready

Officials from China’s Ministry of Information Industry have stated that TD-SCDMA (China’s homegrown 3G technology) is now mature enough for…

China Starts Building 3G Trials

Just when you thought it was never going to get around to doing so, China has begun building large-scale trial networks based on its TD-SCDM…

China To Finally Get 3G In Early 2006

People who have been waiting breathlessly for the Chinese government to issue 3G licenses will soon be able to breath, if reports are to be…

3 Buys TV Station

3 Italia has delayed its IPO in order to buy a television station, regional broadcaster Canale 7. The station owns a digital TV licence and…

SingTel Launches 3G TV Service

SingTel has launched 3G TV in Singapore, making the content free until the end of the year before “a charge ranging from S$0.5 to S$3 ($0.3…

Belgium Gets 3G, Music

Proximus has signed up Jamba (the European version of Jamster) to provide customers with premium music downloads on its Vodafone Live multim…

3G Comes Of Age

Informa Telecoms and Media has claimed that 3G networks have “come of age”… “The technology may not have been mature from day one but 3G s…

3G Against Digital Divide

The BBC has a little slide show detailing the problems with closing the digital divide, especially with meeting the goal that 50% of the wor…

More Fun for Your Mobile

Newsweek has a piece on the latest content offerings by the big US carriers who love the trend towards multimedia content “because it means…

Qualcomm Unfair With 3G Licences: Rivals

“Six technology firms including Ericsson, Nokia and Texas Instruments have complained to EU regulators about Qualcomm, accusing it of stifli…

TD-SCDMA Lags Behind

Despite strong Chinese government support and receiving a number of boosts from companies keen to operate in China the Chinese-developed 3G…

Hutchison Redefines The 3G Battle Front

I thought that this Aussie journo had picked up on 3UK’s big announcement and chased up the local version of the company for a story, but if…

3 Announce Mobile Music Video Deal with EMI

“3G network operators 3 have announced a partnership with EMI Music UK to supply full-length music videos directly to the company’s 3 millio…

Tight Squeeze For Mobile TV

According to this article if mobile TV takes off it will congest all the 3G networks, but that’s OK because it won’t take off for a few year…

3G Networks Unprepared For Rise In Mobile Video

Telecoms research firm Analysys has released a report saying that “while 3G will carry the majority of mobile and TV video traffic for the n…

Pure Phat Launched On 3G

GoTV has upgraded Pure Phat — a mobile TV channel dedicated to Hip Hop — to a “a full motion video viewing experience that is as close to…

Mobile TV Could Clog 3G Networks, Study Warns

Although many carriers are banking on mobile TV to generate revenues to counter the cost of 3G licences many will find their 3G networks swa…

French To Enjoy 50 Mobile TV Channels

French telco Orange has increased its mobile TV and radio channels from 20 to 61 — 50 TV channels and 11 radio channels. The system is sent…

What Is This 3G Thing Anyway?

A survey by IDC Australia has found that “the vast majority of Australians still have no clear idea about 3G mobile technology”. This has be…

3 Includes More Sites In Walled Garden

3 (the story isn’t clear whether it’s all 3 companies or just the UK version) is launching “Mobile Web”, which will give subscribers access…

Designing Games For 3G Networks

How will 3G networks change mobile game design? This case study has a few suggestions beyond the normal “you can play Doom with your friends…

T-Mobile Makes Super 3G Promises

T-Mobile is promising HSDPA technology will be rolled out in all its 3G markets…”The new service, also dubbed “super 3G” will deliver tran…

Two Mobile Content Firms Collapse

Two Irish mobile content providers have gone into liquidation, leaving debts of up to 3.5 million euros.
“Creditors of Paracletes Technologi…

WiMax Unlikely To Displace 3G

This is related to mobile content in the same way that bottles are related to carbonated beverages, so it’s good to keep an eye on. The arti…

Sky Launches Interactive Mobile TV

3UK is launching what is described as “one of the first truly interactive two-way mobile TV channels”. The Sky TV channel ‘Your Destiny’ is…

Telstra Names 3G Date

Australian incumbent Telstra will finally launch its 3G network early next month, nearly nine months after signing a 3G network sharing agre…

2.5G Is A Much Larger Mobile Video Market

This release points out that video is not just for 3G phones, 2.5G can handle it as well…and there are far more 2.5G phones in the world t…

Lack Of 3G Content Inspires Good Deals

“The three main mobile phone companies in Taiwan– Chunghwa, Taiwan Mobile and Far Eastone Telecommunications — are all launching their 3G…

DoCoMo Blamed For Slow iMode Start

Despite having 50 million customers world-wide Australia’s version of mobile content service iMode has less than 50,000…”In order to hold…

Always-On = Always Pay

One Hong Kong journo has been “flabbergasted” to find that everything on SmarTones 3G portal costs money…on top of the 3G monthly plan. “T…

3G Mobiles 'Stalled' Until 2010

“The use of 3G mobiles will not pass 50 per cent penetration until 2010, according to a report by JupiterResearch”…I’m not sure whether th…

Europeans Lack Interest In Advanced Features

The Q4 2004 Consumer Technographics European Study by Forrester Research has found a lack of interest in advanced features of mobile phones,…

3G Focus Shift From Voice To Content

“Research and Markets has announced the addition of 3G User Demand Analysis for 3G Content and Applications in Asia to their offering…Most…

MVNOs To Promote Wi-Fi Roaming Phones

“Alcatel today announced that it is offering its solution for Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), which provides access to GSM and GPRS mobile s…

Study Highlights What Consumers Want From 3G

This article — based on Impaq Group’s “Mobile Life 1” report into Mobility and Customer Loyalty — lists the top ten functions mobiles are…

3UK Chief Comes Out Fighting On Strategy

Bob Fuller, the chief of 3UK, gave a speech at the FT World Communications Conference outlining the experience his company has had in the 3G…

Is India Ready For 3G? Yes It Is!

Umang Das, CEO of Spice Telecom, said that the question should be how quickly 3G can be introduced in Indiaâ

Is Anyone Loyal To 3G?

This is an interesting article discussing the proposal to put loyalty schemes on mobile phones — the idea being that more people remember t…

Misleading Mobile User Numbers

There’s a common strategy in press releases to mention the number of mobile users there are worldwide as if that is any indication of demand…

Gamer.tv Streams Into New Zealand

Gamer.tv has signed a deal with Telecom New Zealand to stream video clips of game reviews to 3G customers. “The video game reviews and previ…

Getting A Return On 3G Networks

Everyone knows mobile phone operators spent up big to get 3G spectrum — £22 billion in the UK alone — and are now desperately trying to w…

The Issue Of 3G Content

This is an article about 3G technology, but you can’t talk about it without discussing content…one question about moving to the next gener…

From 3G Streaming To Revenue Flow

One analyst thinks carriers need to consider more carefully their strategies for streaming content to their customers. He argues that the co…

Virgin Mobile Plans Unique Mobile Video Content

Virgin Mobile is planning to offer unique video content updated daily to drive its customers to use 3G services. “The operator is planning a…

3G Customers Use More Content

Partner Communications, an Israel mobile company, has revealed that “3G subscribers had already downloaded 100,000 music items to their devi…

So What’s The Point Of 3G?

Don’t expect an answer from this BBC article, although it does raise a series of interesting problems facing the industry. For example: “Ser…

3G: Adventures In Compelling Content

Following on from the scathing dismissal of mobile content at the beginning of the month, Digital-Lifestyles.info has published parts two an…

Perceived Lack of Value Impacts 3G Adoption

Corporate users are far from convinced that 3G is a worthwhile technology for their companies to use, and if they spent US$16 billion on mob…

Hutch to build 3G network in Vietnam

Well, it’s a CDMA2000 network, which no-one except operators ever claims is 3G. Still, the $650 million network should be a good bonus for t…

Orange offers 3G on the move, wi-fi at home

And wireless convergence continues in downtown Europe today, with two companies banding together to offer a card that connects via wi-fi to…

3G phones get attention at France show

3G is finally taking off, but that doesn’t mean the news is all good at the 3GSM show in France. Still, there could be a way to make a profi…

Mobile music booming in Japan

The latest Eurotechnology newsletter has reported that music related content sales in Japan are doing very well. “Less than 80 days after in…

3G enters the mainstream – report

3G operators have concentrated on the heavily populated areas, believing (probably correctly) that is where their target audience is. “Howev…

3 slams video mobile confusion claims

Possibly because it missed the original story, ZDNet UK has got comment from 3UK on the recent survey from Netonomy that revealed most peopl…

MMO2 ready to launch 3G services

Being the fourth to market with 3G doesn’t bother MM02, which claims that the market will be small until 2006 anyway. While this statement i…

3G boosts LG

“LG Electronics said that its net profit figure rose 130% to US$1.48 billion on record sales for the twelve months to end of December 2004.…

WiFi phones will grow mobile market

Mobile operators will be offering wireless phones from 2006, according to a new report from Senza Fili. Uh, that’s wireless as in “Wi-Fi”, n…

3G Network Award for 3

What Cellphone has named 3UK as the “Network of the Year” for 2004. Bob Fuller, Chief Executive of 3UK, credited the win to cheap prices and…

Tidbits of 3G

Forrester Research has named Cingular Wireless the “frontrunner” in each of its three key areas of evaluation: current offering, market pres…

3G Joint Venture in China

In another boost to China’s homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G technology, China Putian Corporation and Nortel signed a Joint Venture Framework Agreement…

Rolling with 3G

3G is picking up in the US, we are assured: “past coverage has fallen into three categories: squabbles over standards; hand-wringing over As…

Callers queue for the next big thing

There’s a good article here about 3G and potential content for the service, and even though the report quoted is a year old it’s still prett…

3G Solution for Puerto Rico

Centennial Communications has chosen Nortel to replace and upgrade its existing wireless network in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with…

3G price cuts: too far, too fast?

The introduction of 3G into the mobile phone market has increased competition as the higher bandwidth allows more scope for price cutting an…

Five not-so-easy pieces

If you want to know what to expect in the mobile industry in 2005, read this article. Don’t accept it as gospel, of course, but it gives a g…

Verizon Wireless Flicks Content Switch

Verizon has announced a new content plan with nothing spectacularly new, although there is a lot available – over 300 video updates daily. T…

Three cheers for 3G

The three 3G operators in Singapore are up and running with 98 percent street coverage – beating the 95 percent requirement. This article is…

Super G3 Not So Super, Says Samsung

The recently announced consortium of 26 mobile carriers working on something called “Super 3G” left many people scratching their heads and w…

3HK extends 3G network coverage on Metro

3HK has now fully covered Hong Kong’s metro line, giving its customers something to do on that killer commute to and from work.

US 3G licences to go under hammer in mid-2006

“New US wireless airwaves for 3G services like high-speed Internet will be auctioned off as early as June 2006, the US Federal Communication…

Wireless Carriers Working on Super 3G

It appears 26 mobile phone operators are collaborating to create something called “Super 3G”. There aren’t many details, but it sounds like…

3G TV

TV on mobile phones faces a lot of hurdles, including regulatory ones. This article goes through the issue, and points out that having diffe…

3G will spark Hong Kong mobile M&As

Hong Kong telco Sunday Communications is predicting an imminent consolidation in the local mobile industry now that 3G has finally arrived.…

DoCoMo Shows Path from 384 Kbps to 1 Gbps

DoCoMo has demonstrated a 1Gbps mobile link, albeit over a short distance. Dubbed “VSF-Spread OFDM with MIMO” (Variable Spreading Factor Spr…

Hutch’s 3 worldwide customer base expands 81%

Hutchison must feel pretty chuffed with itself, it has increased its worldwide customer numbers by 81% over the past four months, up to 5.9…

3G phones in Singapore

Customers of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) will be the first in Singapore to be able to purchase 3G handsets from 16 Decemb…

Now, India to have 3G mobile services

India’s first 3G network has gone live in Delhi and Mumbai, set up by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL). “Here’s what the magic of 3G is all…

Broadband wireless goes head-to-head with 3G

“According to a newly published report from Analysys Research, if WiMax wide area wireless networking can address “potential showstoppers” i…

The Race to Support Mobile Workers

The wireless industry promised it would revolutionize telecommuting, allowing road-warriors to travel further and work harder than ever befo…

3G JVs in Asia

Thai Mobile seeks foreign 3G partner
State-owned mobile operator Thai Mobile is inviting overseas telecoms operators to help it build and o…

3G Users Spending More

According to Bango the average 3G user spends approximately 60% more than the users of older mobile phone technology. They claim the most po…

China Mobile boosts 3G investment by 85%

China Mobile plans to boost investment in 3G by 85% to as much as 110 billion yuan ($13.3 billion) over two to three years, new chairman Wan…

Alcatel and SK Telecom open 3GRC in Korea

Alcatel and SK Telecom have announced they will open a “3G Reality Centre (3GRC) in Seoul, Korea. This 3GRC will be located in an SK Telecom…

StarHub banking on content in its 3G service

StarHub plans to leverage on its Cable TV’s extensive content and partnerships to distinguish its 3G mobile service from that of its rivals,…

Camera phones on the rise, 3G still struggling

A report from analyst Canalys has pointed out that cameraphones are taking off while 3G handsets are still undesired, at least in the Europe…

Upwardly mobile UK

Many people are aware that Japan’s I-mode will soon be available in many other countries, but not many people (outside Japan) know exactly w…

Mobile broadband wherever you are

3G will soon be absorbed into 4G, a technology that aims to allow devices to detect a range of wireless networks and decide which is the bes…

HK SmarTone Introduces Its 3G Services

SmarTone has launched its 3G service in Hong Kong with a datacard for laptops. It has said it will launch a consumer service later this mont…

New 3G Video Solution for 3G mobile Operators

T-Systems, International Carrier Sales & Solutions has launched a service which allows telcos to offer international 3G video calls without…

Two more 3G services go live

Norwegian operator Telenor and Israeli mobile company Partner have joined the pre-Christmas rush to declare 3G networks open. The still stat…

Seamless migration is the key to 3G success

New Wireless World Forum research has predicts there will be 45 million 3G subscribers world-wide by the end of the year, rising to 84 milli…

Taiwan Celluar chief voices 3G doubts

A conservative estimate for 3G services to become profitable in Taiwan has fuelled doubts the technology will reach critical mass, according…

DoCoMo to abolish 2G service by 2012

Japan’s cellular behemoth NTT DoCoMo has announced that it will cease to offer 2G mobile services in 2012, forcing people to move to 3G to c…

PTC Starts 3G UMTS in Poland

Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa has started testing a UMTS 3G system in Poland, and is initially focusing on business customers. “Transmission rate…

NTT DoCoMo, mmO2 to ‘partner’ on UK i-mode

I-mode, the wireless internet service that uses a subset of HTML rather than WML (wireless markup language) is moving out of Japan, where it…

Breakdown of 3G handsets

3UK has released an analysis by Research and Markets on its WCDMA handsets. It’s not a glowing report, showing that 3G GSM handsets are on a…

3G licence relaxation on the cards

In addition to thinking about releasing more spectrum, British communications regulator Ofcom is considering relaxing the requirements it la…

BT plans to enter Hong Kong’s 3G market

BT is looking to enter Hong Kong 3G market next year by leasing bandwidth from one of the telcos there.
Related Stories: BT to launch UK 3G…

3G Entertainment News Launched By 3

3UK has signed a deal with Associated Press Television News (APTN) to provide a new servcie called ‘Entertainment Now’. It costs five pound…

Battle of the 3G portals

Mobile Today has a run down on the 3G offerings by 3 and Vodafone in the UK. To jump to the conclusion: “At the moment the more rich content…

BT to launch 3G mobile services next year

BT (British Telecom) , which left the mobile phone industry three years by demerging from mmO2, is entering the space again following a deal…

Musical future for phones

Analyst Bill Thompson apparently almost missed the 3G phenomenon, which kind of casts anything he says on the subject into a little bit of…

Vodafone Ireland announces 3G prices

Vodafone Ireland has released its pricing structures for 3G customers that includes games for up to E7, full-length movies for E4.99 and cli…

Virgin Mobile plans 2005 launch for 3G

Virgin Mobile has announced a deal with T-Mobile that will allow it to offer 3G services in the UK next year. It will alter it’s content por…

O2 unveils 3G plans

mmO2 has announced it will launch 3G “some time in 2005”, initially in 20 UK cities. Vodafone has already launched 3G in the UK, and T-mobil…

Indian GSM carriers blocking 3G, says CDG

GSM telcos in India have lobbied for more spectrum than their CDMA counterparts because they are less efficient. The result is increased pro…

Hong Kong cellcos seek 3G spotlight

Hong Kong’s mobile operators see this year’s 3G World Congress event as a chance to promote their own visions of third-gen mobile to the res…

Geeing up 3G

The Economist has an article on 3G roll-outs and the potential successes or failures of the technology. As usual, “bells-and-whistles” don’t…

Romania sell two 3G licenses

Romania has told two 3G licenses, to MobiFon SA and Orange Romania SA. In a clear indication of how telcos view 3G, four licenses were offe…

3G big news in big China

The roll-out of 3G in China is undergoing more problems than faced by other markets, with the Chinese Government keen for its homegrown tech…

3G sales to be weak ‘until 2006’

Analysts from ARC Group expect 3G demand to remain strong in Japan and South Korea, but sales will only start to pick up for the rest of the…

Vodafone puts Live! on 3G

The big news in the mobile content world is that Vodafone has put live – its mobile content portal originally launched with 2.5G – onto its…

South Koreans get video calls

This is a surprise to me. Considering South Korea is always touted as at the forefront of technology usage I assumed they already had video…

Operators are still wary of full 3G launches

The biggest news about 3G at the moment is when the operators will actually launch their services, why they’re timing it like that, and what…

3G can only be good for Africa

A 3G consultant is promoting the technology as appropriate for Africa, which can learn from the mistakes of the first world. Rather than con…

New Zealands’ Telecom Launches 3G

Telecom New Zealand just launched its 3G service, but appears to have avoided the video conferencing promotion used by most of its contempor…

Sky+ on your 3G phone?

Satellite TV operator Sky has plans to offer its electronic programme guide to 3G phones, so you can call the guide, peruse the programs and…

Asia Dancing to the 3G tune

3G rollouts are beginning to happen in Asia, but telcos are still worried about what “killer app” will drive takeup. According to NEC they s…

‘3G’ won’t be waiting under the tree

The roll-out of 3G networks in the UK is too little too late to ensure a strong take-up for Christmas 2004, according to some analysts. Inst…

New Category: 3G

We’ve started a new category for the site: 3G, focused mainly on the new 3G network and content launches around Christmas in UK, Europe and…

China urged to draw up 3G build-out timetable

China’s government is being urged to provide a timetable for the rollout of 3G networks, lest the country fall behind other parts of the wor…

Making 3G user-friendly

The telecom industry claims to have received enough negative feedback about the first wave of 3G mobiles that it now knows how to make them…

Orange announces 3G deployments: Roundup

The mobile arm of France Telecom Group, Orange, has announced a range of 3G initiatives across Europe.
The telco will launch commercial 3G s…

Vodafone to Ring in 3G Changes

Vodafone will reveal its 3G strategy next week, but analysts agree that the improved service will not necessarily translate into increased r…

3’s Mad Cap Ad Campaign

UK 3G operator’s new ads are pretty mad cap, as this story says. 3 “likes sharing”, 3 “likes music”, for example. It is going for the entert…

T-Mobile plans quiet 3G debut

Mobile phone operater T-Mobile would offer a 3G service in time for Christmas, but doesn’t seem too excited about the prospect.
“We are no…

Hong Kong to Gain New 3G Mobile Network

Hutchison Whampoa is finally getting some competition in the Asian 3G space with Hong Kong’s SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings announced…

Mobile gig aims to rock 3G

Rock outfit Rooster are playing what has been billed as the first ever concert broadcast by phone on Tuesday evening from a London venue. T…

Is U.S. Wireless Industry Catching Up on 3G?

“I think they are catching up because all the content development, such as games, is here in the U.S.; it’s not elsewhere,” said [Benjamin H…

3G – Content Providers’ Perspective

(sub. req.) FT has a special section this week, on how content providers fit into the 3G world..a very good series, which I wish I could poi…

Lessons from 3G Phones in Asia

(via B2.0 Blog) A gee whiz story on the 3G mobile services market in Asia, mainly Japan and Korea: “In Japan, working parents use video-enab…

Vodafone and 3 line up 3G campaigns

Battle for 3G, in UK this Christmas…Both firms will be aggressively pushing 3G content and video services using integrated campaigns with…

KDDI To Launch 3G Song Service

This is perhaps the most open mobile music service till now: KDDI, Japan’s second biggest telecoms company, is to launch a full song mobile…

3G Must Embrace TV

Research outfit Analysys has said that mobile operators offering television programming or video services over 3G may be able to generate si…

Apple, mobiles and 3G

Apple’s gentle push toward the mobile market continues, as wireless carriers Verizon and SmarTone adopt QuickTime.

Tom Online 3G deal has mainland in its view

Chinese net portal Tom Online is hoping its latest deal to supply content to Hutchison Telecom’s 3G mobile network in Hong Kong will give it…

Independents sign to 3 Video Jukebox In UK

In UK, operator 3 has added music videos from indie artists including Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Eric Prydz and The Libertines, to its…

Playing 3G: Advantage Second Mover

Consulting firm Capgemini assessed current 3G activities in Europe and found that it is actually the “old guard”— the established 2/2.5G p…

3G Starts To Pay For 3

Hutchison Whampoa, the parent of UK’s 3G network 3, has announced figures for its 3G mobile operations around the world, showing not just su…