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CommentWire
CommentWire

Sprint PCS: '3G' launch hit by lack of interest

Sprint has become the first US mobile operator to launch a '3G' network nationwide, significantly increasing the bandwidth available for its customers. But while Sprint will benefit from the publicity and increased network capacity, it will find it hard to encourage either consumers or business customers to migrate to advanced mobile data services.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2002
Expert View
Expert View

mBusiness awakens - but when will it go mainstream?

The pitch sounded impressive: all the benefits of the office, wherever your workers are. But so far, the mobile solution market has failed to live up to the hype. Mass-market use is still a couple of years away at best, but an industry upturn may be on the way. Datamonitor's Richard Clifford explains why...

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Orange: turning cold in Sweden

It's not surprising that Orange wants its Swedish license requirements cut. Under the current terms, it must spend $2 billion on roll-out before the end of 2003; as a new entrant, it's unlikely to have more than a handful of customers by then. Never mind regulatory easing - Orange Sweden could well be the next operator to follow Germany's Quam into oblivion.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Hutchison 3G: rushing to market

While H3G seems to be the best-placed new entrant 3G mobile operators in Europe, it's hardly in an enviable position. H3G plans a limited roll-out this year, but its handsets will not switch properly between 2G and 3G networks. Given consumer antipathy towards new mobile technologies that don't work, H3G might be best advised to delay its launch.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vodafone: boosting ARPU but not spending

Vodafone's average revenue per user (ARPU) has risen in the UK and Germany, but existing customers aren't spending more. Rather, the firm has axed its lowest-spending users. Looking ahead, the wider roll-out of MMS should help raise revenues, but regulatory moves to cut 'monopoly' charges on voice calls could outweigh this increase.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Telefonica/Sonera: ungrouping in 3G

Telefonica and Sonera have axed their German joint venture Group 3G, which traded as Quam. But although it shows how hostile the German mobile market is to new entrants, the closure shouldn't be taken to mean that 3G is dead in Europe. For firms with large enough resources and customer bases, data services should still offer the chance to make money.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

NTT DoCoMo: mobile phones and ATMs

The ATM sector is hot at the moment, with a number of interesting developments taking place across the world. DoCoMo's plan to integrate mobile phones and ATMs aims to capitalize upon the high levels of usage of mobile technologies in Japan. Japan may well be a test case for the rest of the world.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Bank of Montreal: mBanking gets colder

Bank of Montreal has become the latest North American bank to axe its wireless offerings. It's part of an ongoing trend of consumer disappointment with wireless banking; at the same time, banks are reluctant to make large-scale investments in unproven technologies. This could spell problems for wireless banking solution providers.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

wLANs: taking the trophy

Avaya's wLAN linked World Cup stadiums, officials, volunteers, local authorities and the media in a major feat of networking. Meanwhile, BT has announced widespread wLAN roll-out plans in the UK. These stories highlight that wLAN technology is increasingly viable; converged LAN networking is the next major step in telecoms.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vivendi: roll up for the firesale

With E18 billion in debt, Vivendi will have to divest some of its assets. The water business would be a good source of funds - but the French government will insist on a French buyer, and there are few likely candidates. Vivendi may instead be forced to sell its US-based media businesses, returning the company to how it looked six years ago.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2002

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