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Hutchison 3G: forging distribution links

Hutchison 3G's products and services, branded '3', will now be sold in over 300 The Link and Dixons stores. The mobile operator has also reaffirmed that its delayed UK 3G service will launch in the next few months. Despite being a new entrant to the UK mobile market, Hutchison's management team, deep pockets and relationships with handset makers still leave it in a strong position.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Incumbent telcos: prosperity begins at home

A huge shift is underway among Europe's incumbent carriers - and it could have a profound impact on the IT infrastructure on the continent. The telcos are finally understanding that to grow, they will have to squeeze revenue from a market that until now they have tended to ignore: their existing customers.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Hays: the future with Orange

Orange has opted for experience when it comes to distributing its mobile handsets, and extended its contract with Hays. Hays will focus on helping to develop efficiencies in handling returned goods and coping with ballooning inventories. The continued partnership is a victory for cooperation and investment.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Public wLANs: the still-wired, wired West

Despite the hype, PWLANs are taking off much more slowly in the West than the East. For example, even though the UK is slightly richer and more populous than South Korea, Korea Telecom will have sixty times as many public wLAN points as BT by December. There are many reasons why - but the key ones are government, operator and public support.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Nokia: how to N-Gage mobile gamers

Nokia's N-Gage will combine mobile phone functionality with that of a gaming device. The aim is to challenge Nintendo's handheld gaming dominance, producing the first compelling alternative to the Game Boy Advance. It's too early to say whether N-Gage will succeed at this task - but it will certainly be a shot in the arm for the nascent mobile gaming market.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Nokia: still getting the picture

Nokia has announced taxing MMS sales targets, launched six new phones, and revealed better-than-expected sales figures for its 7650 picture phone. The Finnish firm will face fierce competition next year from Japanese phone manufacturers. However, if it can keep its focus on customer requirements over engineer requirements, it should be able to rise to the challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Logica/CMG: not messaging but drowning

Although merging is a good move for Logica and CMG, its only effect will be to cut costs; LogicaCMG will struggle in MMS just as much as its predecessors did. It seems strange that two established IT firms have invested so much in building mobile infrastructure businesses that - even before MMS launched - seemed to have limited long term potential.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

mmO2: termination consternation won't hit 3G launch

mmO2 CEO Peter Erskine has said that plans to cut UK mobile operators' profits on cross-network voice calls could hurt 3G roll-out. This is unlikely to be true: any sensible operator will base their 3G plans on expected 3G ROI. The comments look more like an attempt to shift the perceived blame for future delays in mmO2's 3G plans onto the regulators.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK ATMs: forging a LINK with mobile phones

The LINK cash machine network has announced that prepay mobile phone customers will soon be able to top-up their prepay mobile phones from cash machines. Orange and Abbey National have already piloted a similar service. But consumers may never see cash machines as anything other than a source of cash.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Nokia: revitalizing (and dominating) the mobile market

Nokia's new color GPRS, MMS, and Java handsets promise much for a flagging industry. Consumers have been waiting for phones like these to launch before upgrading, causing handset sales to stagnate. At the same time, the roll-out of Nokia's Series 60 software platform may herald the company's move towards a software licensing-based business model.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2002

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